This week we would like to express our deep gratitude for Noel Paul Stookey, one third of the legendary folk trio, Peter, Paul and Mary, and a great friend and champion of Operation Respect.
Noel has been a huge supporter of Operation Respect since its inception, when he, Peter and Mary started singing “Don’t Laugh at Me” at their concerts. He joined the Operation Respect Board of Directors in 2000 to help get the organization off the ground and helped to get our Don’t Laugh at Me program into thousands of classrooms and schools throughout the United States and around the world.
Over the years, Noel has shared his heart and wisdom and, most poignantly, his voice, at many concerts and events benefiting Operation Respect. In 2005, Noel sang with Peter and Judy Collins at the National What Works Symposium “Celebrating Models of Success”, organized by Operation Respect, in partnership with the American School Counselor Association, the National Association of Elementary School Principals, and the Association for Middle Level Education.
In 2006, Noel joined Peter for the moving “Tribute to Teachers in America” PBS special, which was produced by Operation Respect, the United Federation of Teachers, WNET Channel 13 and WLIW Channel 21, and received rave reviews. Most recently, Noel joined Peter in Minneapolis in 2015 at a special, sold out, concert at St. Joan of Arc Church, and all of the proceeds were donated to Operation Respect.
Peter Yarrow and Noel Paul Stookey at Symphony Space, in NYC, on September 29, 2016
We are truly grateful to Noel for giving so much of his time and talent to Operation Respect and we are elated that he will join Peter for another special concert to benefit Operation Respect at Symphony Space, in New York city, on September 29, 2016.
This concert will feature the songs of Peter, Paul and Mary, performed by Peter, Noel, members of The New York Choral Society, and an orchestral ensemble of students and graduates of LaGuardia High School and the High School of Music and Art. Robert DeCormier, the Founder, Director and Conductor of the New York Choral Society, and Peter, Paul and Mary’s longtime music director, will conduct and be honored at the event as well.
Tickets are still available and may be purchased at the Symphony Space website.
We hope to see you there!