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Updates from the Build a Better World Foundation

The Unquenchable Flame Debuts in Los Angeles

This summer saw the successful debut of the The Unquenchable Flame, a musical drama created by Gina and Russell Garcia about the life of the Tahirih, a 19th century Persian poetess who gave her life so that women might be free from the yoke of oppression . The Unquenchable Flame was performed 7 times between May 24th and June 1st 2019 at Manhattan Beach Studios in Los Angeles. The musical was produced by Build A Better World Productions.

BBWF and Full Circle Learning Fundraiser Raises Money to Build School in Laos

On November 19th, 2017, the Build A Better World Foundation held a joint fundraiser with Full Circle Learning to raise funds for the rebuilding of a school in Laos. The fundraiser featured student performers from the Agoura High School Jazz Ensemble and a song from Build A Better World Production’s upcoming musical drama, The Unquenchable Flame (read more here), sung by Daniel Kohanbash and Capri Corwin.

Below are some photos of the event:


Ribbon Cutting Ceremony: BBWF featured in the Agoura Hills Acorn

The Build A Better World Foundation is officially a 501c3 organization! On September 21st volunteers, city officials, and friends of the foundation joined us at the Performing Arts Education Center on the campus of Agoura High School for a ribbon cutting ceremony by the Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce. Awards were presented to musicians Bob Alcivar and Bob Porter for a lifetime of service and dedication to music, and the Agoura High School Studio Jazz Combo performed at the reception. Donations were made by the Build A Better World Foundation to the six organizations represented at our launch concert in December 2016: Lide, The Mona Foundation, Earth Citizen Organization, Oceti Wakan, STAR School, and Full Circle Learning. The Agoura Hills Acorn covered the event. Read their report here.

BBWF Launch Reception

Join us on September 21st for our official launch reception! Celebrating our designation as a 501C3 organization, we will be presenting donations to six charitable organizations that we featured at our launch concert last December, recognizing our volunteers and youth musicians, and honoring venerable musicians who have made notable contributions to music. City officials will be performing a ribbon cutting ceremony to mark the official launch of the Build a Better World Foundation. We are excited for what the future holds and are eager to embark on the next stage of our journey.

The Reception will be held at the Agoura High School PAEC Theatre from 4.30 t0 6.30 pm on 09/21/2017.
To attend, please RSVP below

Build A Better World Foundation Event Flyer

~Presentations to raise awareness and funds for important projects and organizations~
~Celebrate Russ’ 100th birthday!~
~Celebrate Gina’s 85th birthday~
~Launch of a newly released musical by Russ and Gina~