Hot Dog! OPERAnauts Fundraising Meal at Tower Dogs

Hot Dog! OPERAnauts Fundraising Meal at Tower Dogs

Why we’re Raising. . .

OPERAnauts is a passionate reply to help young people use opera for social change. To engage, teach and inspire through the power of opera. OPERAnauts is a nonprofit organization using music as a social change agent to reverse the cycle of violence and poverty for people in Congo.

Click here to r.s.v.p.

Come eat with us and support the cause!

When you purchase your meal mention OPERAnauts’ name and follow the restaurant’s instructions to receive 20% of your meal’s price donated back to OPERAnauts, Inc.

Instructions to r.s.v.p.

  1. Enter the number of friends and family in your party, then click the “Purchase” button.
  2. Add a donation to your r.s.v.p, and click the “Checkout” button. (THANK YOU!)
  3. Fill-in your first, last name and email address.

Where we’re eating. . .

Tower Dogs

Friday, May 12, 2017

11:00 AM-9:00 PM

4110 Quakerbridge Road,

Lawrenceville, NJ 08648 (near the Quakerbridge mall)


Does Tower Dogs have other things to eat besides hot dogs?

YES. Hamburgers, salads, french fries and more can be found on their website here:

What is the goal?


What does my contribution do?

Your contribution gives 10 Soloist Scholarships to choristers in Congo. Selected singers will received voice lessons and learn to sing a solo aria. The name of this pilot program is L’Aria Conservatoire and will take place in Kinshasa, Congo, Africa.

Click this: Come eat with us and support the cause! to r.s.v.p. and DONATE 


Painting Party Fundraiser

Painting Party Fundraiser


Thank you for coming and painting for OPERAnauts’ opera music work in Congo!And, a special thanks to the artists! And, thanks to Diane Forer, teaching artist, for preparing such a joyful subject to paint – a musical scene in a Congolese village, and for creating such a wonderful event.

Here are some of the comments about the event:

My ultimate goal is to have each artist go home with a new appreciation of their talent and…a painting they might choose to hang! I think that happened at your party and so….I’m happy! ~ Diane Forer
Thanks for organizing it Joy. I had a great time. Wishing you and family a very happy, healthy and prosperous new year. ~ Sanjana Raturi

I’m glad the painting party raised some finds for operanauts! It was a lot of fun. The amusing thing is that our son was so impressed with our paintings! He couldn’t believe we painted them! Happy New Year! ~ Sally and Mike Zarnstorff

The results are in – we received $450. With your generous donations, an in-kind donation, donated supplies and refreshments, 100% of this amount can go to help young musicians and choristers in Congo get the music scores they need to learn, and provide resources for teaching artists to hone their craft.

Thank you so much for your continuing support of OPERAnauts.

You are helping to solve the problem of the cycle of violence-poverty in Congo with music, note by note.


Coffee Tasting Party

Coffee Tasting Party

Thank you for coming and celebrating OPERAnauts’ milestone with a Coffee Tasting at Starbucks! And, thank you to Ivett Heffentrager, store manager and her assistant, Natanael for choosing such delicious coffee and dessert pairings for us to taste, and creating such a wonderful event at Starbucks on Nassau Street.

And, a special thanks to the eleven choristers from the Princeton High School Choir for singing carols to us! You sang so beautifully and warmed our hearts with your harmonies. Thank you for ushering in the holiday spirit of giving for OPERAnauts.

The results are in – with Starbucks’ generous 30% discount, donated coffee and gift baskets, a raffle, and your ticket contribution & donations – we received $300 (after costs)!  Thank you for contributing to help young musicians and choristers in Congo get the music score they need to learn, and provide resources for teaching artists to hone their craft.

This holiday, we can send the full orchestral & choral parts for “Joy to the World” and the “Street Boys Chorus” from La Petite Carmen to the music director of the “Juniors” of the OSK (l’ Orchestre symphonique Kimbanguiste).

Thank you so much for your continuing support of our organization.

You are helping to solve the problem of the cycle of violence-poverty in Congo with music, note by note.


Bring Joy – Shop for Gifts

Bring Joy – Shop for Gifts


Save the Date! This year, OPERAnauts joins the #GivingTuesday movement to connect with our local community at Ten Thousand Villages, in the Princeton Shopping Center in New Jersey. On November 29th from 4 – 8 PM, OPERAnauts volunteers will provide refreshments for guests to enjoy while they shop; and, the store will donate 15% of purchases to OPERAnauts work.

Ten Thousand Villages creates opportunities for artisans in developing countries to earn income by bringing their products and stories to our markets through long-term, fair trading relationships.

OPERAnauts connects with this value, and makes a point to provides artisans, especially fabric-makers and seamstresses in Kinshasa, Congo with opportunity in the creation of our opera production costumes.

To preview Ten Thousand Villages’ gift ideas, click here:  ethical-gift-ideas-from-ten-thousand-villages


Joins National #GivingTuesday movement

Joins National #GivingTuesday movement


givingtuesdayoperanauts-logoThis year on Tuesday, November 29, 2016, we are part of a call to action that will change the calendar and help make history.  We are celebrating a day dedicated to giving – when charities, families, businesses, community centers, students, retailers and more will all come together for #GivingTuesday — a movement to celebrate giving and encourage more, better, and smarter giving during the holiday season that we are proud to be part of.

OPERAnauts join the national #GivingTuesday movement to celebrate our #ReplywithMusic and to deepen relationships with our local community of generosity.

About #GivingTuesday

#GivingTuesday is a movement to celebrate and provide incentives to give – the 2016 iteration will be held on November 29, 2016.  This effort harnesses the collective power of a unique blend of partners — non-profits, businesses and corporations as well as families and individuals – to transform how people think about, talk about and participate in the giving season. #GivingTuesday inspires people to take collaborative action to improve local communities, give back in better, smarter ways to charities, and causes they celebrate and help create a better world. #GivingTuesday harnesses the power of social media to create a global movement dedicate to giving around the world.

To learn more about #GivingTuesday participants and activities or to join the celebration of giving, please visit: