To the Editor:

Earl Mosley's Institute of the Arts (EMIA) is most grateful, once again, for the wonderful support of our friends in Kent, and throughout the region.

EMIA's eighth annual spring scholarship benefit, held May 3 at the Kent Community House, was a great success.

More than 150 people attended, including many families with children.

Special thanks go to the chairman of the benefit committee, Charmian Place Cooper of Kent, and the following loyal and hardworking members of her committee: Susan and Ned Babbitt, Ciara Burnham, Elizabeth Chandler, Suzanne Charity, Karen Fry, Peter Grossman, Salome Henderson, Debby Herschel, Claire Irving, Jane Lindley, Susan Magee, Patricia Noneman, Susan and John Payne, Judy Perkins, Lynn Perry, Michael Ward, Judy Warrick, Rita Weingarten and Sally Zunino.

An exquisite array of refreshments was created and served by committee members, under the leadership of Suzanne Charity and Judy Warrick, and augmented by generous contributions from Kent Wine and Spirit and the Villager Restaurant.

Charmaine Wood managed the "kitchen crew," and Arvolyn Hill, as our disc jockey, served up a wonderful selection of Motown music throughout the evening.

Dancing and singing performances included solo numbers by two EMIA alumni who are now musical theater professionals in New York, Jeffrey Sousa and Sharrod Williams, as well as students from the Educational Center for the Arts in New Haven, and Montclair State University in New Jersey.

EMIA's summer dance intensive, held July 6 through Aug. 2 at the Marvelwood School, will serve more than 200 students, with close to 90 percent receiving some level of scholarship assistance.

For information regarding performances and other activities, please visit www.emiadance.org.

Thanks again to all the friends who make this possible.

Steffen Coleman

Executive director

Earl Mosley's

Institute of the Arts