The Drake Gives celebrates the power of music with upcoming annual fundraiser

Philanthropist and Laguna Beach resident Alec Glasser has been a driving force behind music education initiatives in Orange County. Recently donating $1.5 million from The Drake Gives, the generous contribution will help fund a novel initiative at the University of California (UCI), Irvine’s School of Social Ecology. UCI’s Power of Music initiative is one distinct way in which The Drake Gives is helping leverage music for social good and well-being.

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Alec Glasser, founder of The Drake Gives

The Drake Gives partnered with Save The Music Foundation in December 2021, and since then has raised more than half a million dollars for music education equity and access. These funds have supported music education re-builds across Orange County, with The Drake Gives’ contributions supporting more than 12,000 students, with over half of these funds specifically used to jumpstart a new music program in five schools in the Anaheim Union High School. The Drake Gives has identified a significant opportunity to increase music and arts participation in elementary, middle and high schools throughout Orange County, where every $57 raised can help a child receive music education, instruction and an instrument for one school year.

Through The Drake Gives’ musically inspired celebrations, they are fundraising to help create sustainable impact for our youth here in Orange County. Revealing the date of their 2024 annual namesake fundraiser, which is Tuesday, June 4, The Drake Gives shares that the evening will be one to remember, thanks to the dynamic co-chairs who have spearheaded the event including Lourdes Nark, Urvashi Patel, James Cueva and Linda Young. The unique culinary experience will feature a multi-course caviar and wine-paired dinner which will take place at The Drake in Laguna Beach, with live entertainment from the talented Parson James, thanks to Cueva Entertainment. Further event details and sponsorship opportunities can be accessed here.

The Drake Gives, based in Laguna Beach, is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) foundation that provides underserved youth in public schools with music education, materials and instruments to experience the transformative power of music. For more information, visit

The Drake in Laguna Beach is located at 2894 S. Coast Highway, Laguna Beach.

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