Hour Children's 3rd Annual Luncheon

On May 5th 2016, Hour Children had their 3rd annual Luncheon benefit at the Bedford Hills Golf and Tennis Club- and Hope Sings was there. Founder Beth Blatt performed a song she wrote for their Songs for a Cause benefit last year inspired by letters exchanged between an incarcerated mother and her daughter. Playing the role of Beth’s daughter was 13-year-old Tara Curran, who performs with the music duo, Justin and Tara and her band, Gilber. Tara and Beth were accompanied by award- winning composer Michael Minard on piano. More details to come!

Tara Curran, Michael Minard, and Beth Blatt

Tara Curran, Michael Minard, and Beth Blatt

Michael Minard, Elizabeth Kemler, Sister Tesa, Kellie Phelan, and Beth Blatt at the Hour Children luncheon.

Michael Minard, Elizabeth Kemler, Sister Tesa, Kellie Phelan, and Beth Blatt at the Hour Children luncheon.

songs for a cause to benefit girls inc.westchester

"Just gotta say - CONGRATULATIONS! On another amazing event!  Lotsa girl power in that room...big kudos."

Sloan Wainwright        

On November 15th, 2015 Hope Sings produced its 2nd "Songs for a Cause" charity music event at the Katonah Village Library. The show benefited Girls Inc. Westchester, inspiring all girls to be strong, smart and bold. Singer-songwriters were Katonah-based Christina Martino; the duo Danny and Caroline, of Bedford Hills; and Songs for a Cause co-founders Elizabeth Kemler and Beth Blatt. 


Songs for a Cause music events combine the power and pleasure of performances by talented musicians with the purpose of “doing good.” These Westchester County (NY) - centric shows benefit local charities and feature local singer-songwriters, both established and emerging. A special feature of Songs for a Cause are the original songs written expressly for the evening by the artists, inspired by success stories from the charity.

Girls Inc. Westchester provides comprehensive life skills programming, on financial literacy, college and career prep, healthy relationships, and many more essential topics, as well. Girls Inc. Westchester programs are run by trained staff, during and after school, in girl only/girl empowering environments in many Westchester County communities. For Girls Inc. girls, the experience is often life changing.

"Congratulations on such a thrilling evening of song and inspiration. Everyone loved it, especially me! One giant check in the positive energy, love can conquer all column tonight... thank you from the bottom of my heart, for the opportunity you gave Girls Inc. tonight. 4ever girls, for clever girls, like us, we sang together and it was awesome."

 - Jennifer Altman (Chairman of the Board, Girls Inc. Westchester)

Songs For A cause to benefit Hour Children

On June 28th 2015, Hope Sings produced its first “Songs for a Cause” benefit concert at The Katonah Public Library to benefit Hour Children, a non-profit organization whose mission is to help incarcerated and formerly incarcerated women and their children successfully build healthy, independent and secure lives. The event showcased the original music of Jake Klar, as well as Hope Sings’ own singer-songwriters Beth Blatt and Elizabeth Kemler, who both wrote and performed songs inspired by success stories from Hour Children.

The event was a huge success—we filled the house, spread the word about the amazing work of Hour Children, and raised much-needed funds to support them.


"The musical recital  was beyond beautiful.

I don't remember when music so touched my life.

 I cried, laughed and had the chills.

Your music was a great way to make us ware ...a great way to make a difference."

                                               - Johanna Flores, Hour Children Staff Member


                                                                                                                                 "I don't know if words can express the emotion I felt hearing this song (you wrote for us, based on my life story). It literally brought tears streaming down my face as I could hear the emotion I felt through your voices. The whole night was amazing. It was such a beautiful way to show the work of Hour Children."                                                                                       -Kellie Phelan, Hour Children Staff Member                                                                                                                                      "Thank you for Sunday! It was a wonderful event, bringing attention to Hour Children while offering terrific music to everyone present! And what a variety! Thank you."                                                                            -Michael Minard, Film & TV Composer