Critically acclaimed by The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal,
Grammy-award winner and Williamsport Area High School alumnus Dashon
Burton returned on Nov. 12, 2014, to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Williamsport Area School District Education Foundation.
fundraiser benefit concert featuring the award-winning, bass-baritone
singer with the WAHS orchestra and choir was held at the Community Arts Center
"We were excited to not only celebrate the foundation's 10th anniversary but
also showcase the exceptional talent of our students and one of
Williamsport's alumni with Dashon," said Greg Hayes, director of the
WASD Education Foundation. "We were also thrilled to partner with
the Community Arts Center, and extremely appreciative and thankful for
their donation of the facility to use for this event."
Burton, a 2000 WAHS graduate, won a Grammy award last January as a member of the eight-person vocal ensemble Roomful of Teeth
for best chamber music/small ensemble performance.
honored and really grateful to all the faculty and staff at WAHS for
what they did for me, and am looking forward to supporting this most
worthy cause," Burton said at the time. "I absolutely would not be where I am today
without my education. The eternal support of the community at WAHS gave
me the courage and confidence to become what I wanted to be, and I
couldn't be happier about coming back and sharing time with old and new
WASDEF was incorporated as a
non-profit organization in 2004 when it was created by then-district
Business Administrator Charles Peterson and Superintendent Patricia
Lowery. It was then the district joined the movement in establishing an
independent organization led by a volunteer board to help foster the
growth and programs of the district by raising private funds.
the last decade, it has grown in its mission in supporting students and
faculty across the district by "securing resources, enriching
education" by having generated more than $1.7 million in assets and
allocating about $100,000 a year to projects, programs and scholarships.
foundation launched its burgeoning sister organization, the WASD Alumni
Association, in the spring of 2012, and is in the heart of its latest
effort to restore the athletic complex at the high school through its Return to Glory
capital campaign, for which it has raised more than $2.2 million in donations and commitments over the last year.
The event celebrated the many accomplishments of the
foundation and to promote the programs and projects its helped support,
among them the recent completion of the new Mary Lindsay Welch Orchestra Studio at the high
school, for which it received an anonymous $100,000 gift to fund its