Azalea Blossom May 2017 Newsletter

Welcome to the May 2017 Newsletter!

Successful Completion of Spring Internships

Azalea Blossom’s interns from SUNY Albany and Hartwick College have successfully completed their spring internships. Natalia Lewitinn, the Assistant Director of Program and Development from Hartwick College, has been working on grant proposals during her internship with Azalea Blossom as well as managing several social media accounts. These skills will be helpful in her future endeavors as she aspires to work in nonprofit organizations. She is looking forward to starting her senior year as an accounting and business major at Hartwick College in the fall. Alyssa Budke, the Director of Marketing for Bricks in the Wall from SUNY Albany, built a fan base for the Bricks in the Wall project. She is looking forward to bringing the skills, which she acquired during her internship at Azalea Blossom to her internship with Victoria Secret’s Pink in the fall. Taj Marable, the Manager of Operations and Human Resources for Azalea Blossom from SUNY Albany, gained valuable first-hand experiences on how an organization is run and the day-to-day operations that are conducted. He is looking forward to pursuing future business in music and other industries in the near future. Azalea Blossom would like to thank these three lovely interns for all of their contributions to our organization and wish them all their best in their future endeavors.

News from the SAFE through the Arts program

We are very excited our new student handbooks as well as the progress of our puppet characters, which are currently being manufactured by the Creative Arts Store in Alabama. We look forward to implementing the SAFE through the arts program into one hundred PreK and kindergarten classrooms in New York State public schools within the 2017-18 school year.


Bricks in the Wall Project Update

Bricks in the Wall’s Marketing Director Intern, Alyssa Budke, has made major accomplishments for the project, which was formed in 2007 by director and founder Margaret Bernstein. The Bricks in the Wall project using music and multi media to bring education and healing to victims of domestic violence as well as awareness to the general public. The Bricks in the Wall project can now be found on Twitter, Instagram, SoundCloud, Facebook, and YouTube. Alyssa’s latest project was working on the lyric and song book for the Bricks in the Wall album. Margaret and the Bricks band are currently booking gigs to perform in 2018.

Featured Donor of the Month- Bunty Bernstein
In honor of Mother’s Day this month, the featured donor of the month is Bunty Kelley Bernstein, Margaret’s mother. Bunty is a retired dancer and ballet instructor whose professional career includes years of dancing with the Sadlers Wells (the Royal Ballet) in London, England as well as assisting and performing in many of choreographer Agnes de Milles productions in the United States. Bunty also served on the Dance Faculty of Adelphi University in Garden City, New York and the Long Island High School for the Arts (BOCES Cultural Arts) in Syosset, New York. In addition to being one of Azalea Blossom’s most generous donors over the last several years, Bunty also served on the Board of Directors and as an interim secretary where she helped edit outgoing notices and newsletters in addition to researching prospective grants. We would like to thank Bunty for all of her support and many roles within our organization.

“Songs from SAFE through the Arts”

The CD of songs, “Songs from SAFE through the arts” consists of nine original empowering songs, which, along with the puppets skits, are now an integral part of the program. All proceeds from the sales of the album directly benefit the SAFE through the arts program.


Support us through GoodSearch

Did you know that there’s a way to support Azalea Blossom and the SAFE through the arts program at no cost to yourself? Well, there is! GoodSearch, a search engine just like Google, donates money based on your searches through the site. It also donates based on purchases made through special promotions featured on the site. We encourage everyone to check it out!

Thank you for your support

Azalea Blossom Inc. graciously accepts tax-deductible donations of any amount for the SAFE through the arts program, the Bricks in the Wall project and our operating expenses. Secure contributions can be made through PayPal using your credit card (no PayPal account required). Alternatively, donations may be mailed to: Azalea Blossom, Incorporated PO Box 21777 Brooklyn, NY, 11202

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Quote of the Month

“Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing, there is a field. I’ll meet you there.” -Rumi

With love, best wishes and gratitude,
Margaret Jean Bernstein Founder and Program Director
SAFE through the arts program,
Azalea Blossom, Incorporated