Our Bright Future - Ella Grossman
The Alley Theatre will always remember the generous outpouring of support received from donors throughout the Houston community as well as our colleagues in the theatre industry to help us recover from Hurricane Harvey’s aftermath. One such unforgettable gesture of support was from Ella Grossman, a 13-year old student who lives near Philadelphia, PA. Moved by Harvey’s widespread devastation, Ella decided to focus her Bat Mitzvah service project on helping those who suffered losses from the flooding. Given her love for the performing arts, she wanted to do something that was “closer to home.” When she learned how badly the Alley was impacted, she selected the Alley as her project beneficiary. Per Ella, “I have been doing theatre my entire life. When I was four years old I stepped onto the stage for the first time, as Toto in The Wizard of Oz. From that moment, I knew that this is what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. Now, nine years later, I have been in almost 30 shows. The theater has always felt like home to me, and I want everyone to be able to feel at home in the theatre.”
Her parents, Frank and Kate Grossman, told us that Ella is fortunate to live in a community that has very strong youth performing arts programs. Ella’s idea was to produce a benefit concert showcasing the other talented musicians from her neighborhood. The concert was held on the evening of January 25 at her school. With the help of her parents, she also set up a Go Fund Me page. Her overall fundraising goal was $1,000. This remarkable young fundraiser surpassed her goal and raised a total of $2,686.87 for our flood recovery. We hope that she and her family will be able to visit Houston in the near future to attend an Alley performance and tour our Neuhaus Theatre which she helped restore.