Founded 17 years ago, the Community of Unity has developed a creative space of free expression for underprivileged children in New York. The community itself more resembles a family than an organization, as supportive mentors strive to channel the inner unique talent of each and every child.
The 2017 Song Awards honored Marisa and Giovanni Colavita this past March. The Colavitas’ support began when Marisa first visited the community’s space in a school. On this experience, she remarks, “it was a beautiful moment but also a very difficult one because I realized that these kids in front of me had problems much bigger than themselves and much bigger than me. I realized I didn’t have the proper skills or preparation it takes to work with children who have serious problems at home. However, I still wanted to support the organization and so it came quite naturally for Giovanni and I to provide financially in order to help them”.In addition to financial contributions, the Colavita family has provided food for every Community of Unity event since the inception of their partnership. When asked of this year’s Song Winners, Mt. Komoroff replied, “it’s the 15th year we’ve had this event and we always honor people who have shared their song with us so this year Marisa and Giovanni Colavita have shared so much with us, they’ve really been incredibly generous in providing all of our programs with food, they pay for all of the food that we serve our kids which means all of our kids get to eat healthy food and high quality food and it’s been just the greatest experience working with them.”
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