NOTE (Friday, September 22, 2017): In response to concerns from parents who felt many Newtown children would not be able to enjoy this special appearance by the Rockettes, scheduled so close to school dismissal time, a representative from MSG Productions has told The Newtown Bee that the group “will stay a bit later” this afternoon.
The start time for this event and address of Holy Cow have been corrected.
On Friday, September 22, Holy Cow Ice Cream Shop will offer its sweet desserts along with the high kicking Radio City Rockettes, all to honor the good work of The Ana Grace Project and the Márquez-Greene family, who lost their daughter on 12/14.
According to a public relations coordinator for MSG Productions & Live in New York City, the Rockettes will be in Newtown between 3 and 4 pm at Holy Cow, 51 Church Hill Road, to honor the local family devoted to supporting social and emotional learning education, those affected by the Sandy Hook tragedy, and others affected by violence-related trauma through The Ana Grace Project in their daughter’s name.
The MSG spokesperson said the family also supports MSG’s Garden of Dreams Foundation to help positively impact the lives of children facing obstacles. The foundation works with 25 partner organizations throughout the tri-state area, including hospitals, wish organizations, and community-based organizations, to reach children who are facing challenges such as homelessness, extreme poverty, illness, and foster care.
The Ana Grace Project is dedicated to promoting love, community, and connection for every child and family through three lead initiatives: music and arts, partner schools, and professional development.
Since the initiative launched in 2013, its partner schools project has empowered teachers who incorporate the project’s “Love Wins” curriculum into their work with students to mutually design how “love will win” during their academic year. While students co-develop the guidelines, expectations, and culture, teachers weave these social and emotional learning concepts into their daily lessons and routines.
The organizations provides supplemental professional development through collaboration with organizations like The Child Trauma Academy, Klingberg Family Centers, and Clifford Beers Clinic — teaching and training thousands of participants through academic mental health conferences, safety conferences, and trauma training locally, nationally, and in Canada.
And through the Ana Grace Project’s music and arts initiative, the family supports the Ana Grace Márquez-Greene endowed memorial music scholarship for incoming freshman at Western Connecticut State University.
The Ana Grace Project also supports The CREC Ana Grace Elementary Academy of The Arts Elementary School, where every child sings, dances, and/or plays an instrument.
The Rockettes visit is part of MSG’s “Gift of Joy” program, where the popular Radio City dancers honor fans and families throughout the tri-state area. They will be recognizing the Márquez-Greene family for spreading joy to the local community and beyond, just as the Radio City Christmas Spectacular spreads joy to millions of people every year.
MSG selected the Márquez-Greene family because of their devotion to others in the community.