Rachel Barton Pine auctioning a 30 minute zoom session for House of Ruth

Edited: November 18, 2020, 1:19 PM · Here is an announcement from violinist Rachel Barton Pine about a worthy charity that she is supporting:

"Covid may be keeping people inside, but thanks to technology, not from learning! Upon hearing that the Los Angeles House of Ruth shelter for battered women was searching for meaningful experiences to auction, internationally acclaimed violinist violinist Rachel Barton Pine and Peabody Award winning producer and WQXR classical radio host Elliott Forrest volunteered two VERY different types of zoom calls. The auction, featuring more than 100 items and experiences starting at $15 runs November 20-29 at www.losangeleshouseofruth.com

Pine will be donating a 30 minute zoom session. The acclaimed violinist who has recorded more than 39 albums and played with orchestras around the world, debuted at age 10 with the Chicago Symphony and has been featured on The Today Show, CBS Network News, CNN, NPR and outlets worldwide. Rachel will guide you towards greatness on her violin, made in 1742 – the Joseph Guarneri “del Gesu,” hand- picked by Brahms for one of his students. The Washington Post wrote that she "displays a power and confidence that puts her in the top echelon." www.rachelbartonpine.com Now’s your chance to learn from a pro or treat that someone special on your holiday gift giving list!

When he’s not juggling at home, Elliott Forrest can be heard on America's leading classical music station 105.9 FM WQXR and WNYC in New York where he juggles interviews with leading classical artists and producing concerts around the country. Not just a “voice,” Elliott was also seen for many years as the host of the A&E Network’s Breakfast with the Arts. The recipient (individual, couple or family) of this coveted auction item will receive two 30- minute Zoom Juggling Classes, at a time to be mutually agreed upon. In the first 30 minutes, you'll learn the basics of how to start juggling and given practice instructions. About a week later you'll get a second class to see how your practice went and refine your juggling style and, if ready, learn a few more tricks. This can be a class for an individual, couple, or household, though it's probably best for children to be at least 8 years old. Each participant will need to have 3 identical balls, bean bags or oranges.

“We have found over 40 years that our clients who are victims of domestic violence and those who are homeless have one thing in common: They do not have family or friends to help them. So, we become their family: getting them back on their feet by providing counseling, tutoring, parenting and anger management classes, referrals and so much more prior to transitioning them into section 8 housing for which we have a remarkable 90% success rate. But our funding only goes so far,” explains Executive Director Jennifer Gaeta, “and due to Covid-19, instead of having our annual in-person bingo night, we’re hosting our first online auction with items and experiences that will be of interest to everyone, while raising the funds to provide the tools our clients urgently need. Most people want to help but don’t know how. By participating in our auction they will be helping our efforts to help battered women and their children achieve independence and a new life, “continues Gaeta. Here is a video about our work: https://youtu.be/pWyaH_korQc"

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