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Encore for Education Charity Concert Raises Over $147K for Music Programs

Encore for Education, a commercial real estate industry charity concert, raised $147,265 to benefit Music Matters, a program created by Buchanan Children’s Charities and the Orange County Community Foundation to restart Orange County public schools music programs.

This was the sixth annual Encore for Education since Buchanan Children’s Charities was founded in 2007, and was attended by more than 1,000 people. The concert was held on October 11, 2018, at the new House of Blues® in Anaheim, CA, and featured a live performance by number one single Billboardartist Fitz and the Tantrums. The event was underwritten by generous donations from more than 50 sponsors in the commercial real estate industry, including producing sponsors Buchanan Street Partners and Idea Hall.

“This year’s Encore for Education was another incredible success,” said Robert Brunswick, CEO of Buchanan Street Partners. “With the money raised this year for Music Matters, we are able to restart two public school district’s music programs, allowing thousands of students to benefit from music education.”

Funds raised at Encore for Education 2018 will go towards purchasing instruments impacting more than 2,600 students at the Anaheim and Santa Ana School Districts.

“This grant touches more than the students from this year,” said Steve Venz, Coordinator of Visual and Performing Arts at the Orange County Department of Education. “Future students who will participle in music education programs will be impacted for many years to come.”


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Dennis Kaiser is Vice President of Content and Public Relations for Connect Commercial Real Estate. Dennis is a communications leader with more than 30 years of experience including as a journalist and in corporate and agency marketing communications roles. He is responsible for Connect’s client content operations and is involved in a range of initiatives ranging from content strategy, message development, copywriting, media relations, social media and content marketing services. In his most recent corporate communications roles, he led a regional public relations effort across Southern California for CBRE, played a key marketing role on JLL’s national retail team, and was responsible for directing the global public relations effort at ValleyCrest, the nation’s largest commercial landscape services company. In addition to his vast commercial real estate experience, Dennis has worked on communications and launch strategies for a number of residential projects such as Disney’s Celebration in Florida, Ritter Ranch in Palmdale California (7,200 homes, 22,000 acres), WaterColor in Florida and PremierGarage in Phoenix. Dennis’s agency background included firms such as Idea Hall and Macy + Associates. He has earned an outstanding reputation with organization leaders as a trusted advisor, strategic program implementer, consensus builder and exceptional collaborator. Dennis has developed and managed national communications programs for Fortune 500 companies to start-ups, both public and private. He’s successfully worked with journalists across the globe representing clients involved in major-breaking news stories, product launches, media tours, and company news announcements. Dennis has been involved in a host of charitable and community organizations including the American Cancer Society, Easter Seals, BoyScouts, Chrysalis Foundation, Freedom For Life, HOLA, L.A.’s BEST, Reach Out and Read, Super Bowl Host Committee, and Thunderbirds Charities.

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