Settlement Music School will honor three generations of alumni at its 110th Anniversary Gala, including Philadelphia-area real estate developer Leonard Mellman.
Mellman, 94, is a 1939 Settlement alumnus and current member of the School’s Central Board of Trustees. He studied theater at Settlement every Friday night at the age of 15.
“Settlement is like another home to me. It is a world so special that everyone should know it,” he said. “I have seen [Settlement] as a model for what my life should be like. It has made an unbelievable difference in my life.”
In addition to Mellman, Settlement will honor guitarist Kevin Eubanks, the former music director of The Tonight Show Band with Jay Leno, and Harriet Go, a Settlement alumna from the 1990s, who is a special education teacher at Richmond Elementary School in Port Richmond.
The gala — which will celebrate the lifelong impact of receiving an arts education at Settlement Music School — will be held April 28 at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel in Philadelphia. Proceeds will benefit Settlement programs and the $2 million in financial aid it distributes each year to make these programs accessible to all.