More than 70 people attended a fundraiser that raised $38,000 for 'Keys 2 Success', a nonprofit that provides music education for children in public elementary school and public housing in Newark.

Hosted by Junior League of Summit President Erika Melchiorre at her home, attendees, -- including active members and sustainers of the Junior League as well as friends and family members from the area -- were treated to an evening of music. Jee-Hoon Krska, the founder and director of 'Keys 2 Success', delivered a  solo performance of Chopin’s intensely riveting Ballade 4

The real show-stoppers of the night were the 'Keys 2 Success' children -- ranging in ages from six years to ten years -- who played an arrangement of Sibelius’s Finlandia as an ensemble on keyboards, in addition to playing solos and duets. Maestro Robert Butts of Baroque Orchestra of New Jersey (BONJ), spoke about the partnership between BONJ and 'Keys 2 Success' to pilot learning opportunities that transcend boundaries between professional and amateur musicians and suburban and urban communities, with the objective of making music accessible to and sustained by a diverse audience.

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Launched in 2016, the program began with 12 students and now teaches almost 100 kids. It is the first children's music program to target the lowest socio-economic group in Newark for whom the effects of generations of poverty include lack of access to cultural institutions and social networks readily available to children in more privileged communities. Keys 2 Success seeks to close this gap. Designed to instill discipline, leadership and  life skills, and provide pathways to full, productive lives.

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