2015 Annual Report

Music Program Teaches Tolerance

The Boys & Girls Club of Camarillo Teen Center hosted the second annual Daniel Pearl Music Day on Oct. 12 with more than 500 people in attendance for a day of music, entertainment, food and inspiring readings by Boys & Girls Club members. Co-sponsoring the event were the Jewish Federation of Ventura County and Anti-Defamation League of Ventura County.

The event commemorated Pearl’s birthday. He was a Wall Street Journal reporter who was kidnapped and killed in 2002 by Pakistani terrorists because of his beliefs just months after 9/11. Pearl was also an accomplished musician, and his wife vowed to celebrate his life by encouraging others to be tolerant of each other’s beliefs.

Teens read inspiring quotes about tolerance from Daniel Pearl’s writings and a variety of musical groups entertained the audience for over four hours. The groups that performed included 805 Experiment Rio Mesa Jazz Quartet; Hueneme High School Ballet Folklorico; Somis School Marimba Ensemble; Pacific Coast Church Rock Band; Togen Daiko Taiko Drums; Ilysia Pierce, vocalist; Daniel Newman Lessler, classical pianist; Mariachi Costa de Oro; Gayane Pogosyan, violinist; and the Ventura Klezmer Band.

Proceeds from the event will help fund tolerance and music programs at the Boys & Girls Club of Camarillo.

“The members of the club were great. They were very inspiring with their music and with their inspired readings. Some of the club members played marimbas with the Somis School Marimba Ensemble and others shared wonderful readings they selected,” said event co-chairwoman Julie Newman.

Newman’s son, Danny Newman Lessler, is a former Boys & Girls Club member who now spends all of his free time practicing music and playing in public and private performances. Danny played in four of the acts, including a solo on the classical piano, accompanying the Ventura Klezmer Band and vocalist Ilysia Pierce, as well as jamming in the 805 Experiment Rio Mesa Jazz Quartet.

According to Julia Newman, “There will be a third annual Daniel Pearl Music Day next October, and it will be bigger and better than this year’s event.”

Also sponsoring this year’s event were Verizon, Domino’s, Keyboard Concepts and Saul Lessler and Julia Newman.

The Boys & Girls Club of Camarillo wishes to thank everyone who attended and, especially, the incredible musicians who gave of their time to promote tolerance with the Teen Club organizers.