The Greensboro Jewish Federation is thrilled to host Ben, Jonah and Henry Platt virtually for the 2022 Campaign Kickoff.
Tony, Grammy and Emmy award winning star Ben Platt, multi-platform creator and performer Jonah Platt, and LGBTQ and mental wellness advocate Henry Platt join Greensboro’s Congresswoman Kathy Manning for a discussion on their achievements, their challenges and how Judaism has played an essential role in their lives.
To receive front-porch delivery of a KICKOFF GIFT BAG (Greensboro residences only), registration must be complete by Tuesday, November 30 at midnight.
The Greensboro Jewish Federation 2022 Campaign Kickoff is Presented by:
BEN PLATT, a Tony, Grammy, and Emmy Award winner, has been seen most recently in the highly popular Netflix series by Ryan Murphy, The Politician — his performance in Season 1 earned him a Golden Globe nomination for Best Lead Actor in a Comedy Series. Coming off the heels of his widely acclaimed Finneas-produced single, So Will I, Ben also released his highly anticipated solo concert Netflix Special Ben Platt: Live from Radio City Hall along with a deluxe version of his album, Sing To Me Instead last May. He’s currently gearing up to release his second album with Atlantic Records this year. Additionally, it was announced that Ben will be starring with Beanie Feldstein in a film version of Merrily We Roll Along directed by Richard Linklater. Currently, Ben stars in Universal Film’s Dear Evan Hansen where he reprised his Tony Award-winning role alongside Julianne Moore and Amy Adams released September 24, 2021. Additional film/TV credits include; Pitch Perfect, Pitch Perfect 2, Ricki and The Flash, Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, Run This Town, and Will & Grace.
JONAH PLATT is a multi-platform creator and performer, working across many aspects of the entertainment industry. Some of Jonah’s best known credits include “Fiyero” in Broadway’s smash hit Wicked, the voice of “Milton Moss” on Netflix’s animated Trolls: The Beat Goes On, a star turn as “Jack” in Lifetime’s I’ll Be Watching opposite Janel Parrish, and NBC’s Emmy-winning Jesus Christ Superstar: Live. He will next be seen onscreen in two films about classic Hollywood, Damien Chazelle’s Babylon and Aaron Sorkin’s Being The Ricardos. He is also a sought-after singer and musician, an accomplished director of theater and improv comedy, an award-winning vocal arranger and music director, and veteran TV writer. He is currently co-writing the music and lyrics for the stage musical adaptation of Lois Lowry’s bestselling novel The Giver, as well as his own original animated series, American Family, for Apple TV+. Jonah is also highly engaged in the Jewish community through a number of different organizations, including the Jewish Federation’s Community Leadership Institute and American Jewish University’s Miller Intro to Judaism Program, of which he is an Advisory Board Member.
HENRY PLATT recently graduated from the University of Pennsylvania where he studied English and Music. Originally hailing from Los Angeles, Henry currently serves as the music director for Counterparts A Cappella, a pop/jazz group at UPenn. Along with being a singer and musician, Henry is a proud member of the LGBTQ and Jewish communities, and dedicates time to advocacy and awareness for mental wellness.
KATHY MANNING represents North Carolina’s Sixth Congressional District which includes all of Guilford County and parts of Forsyth County. Kathy graduated from Harvard University and the University of Michigan Law School before moving to Greensboro, NC in 1987, where she and her husband raised their three children. After serving as a partner at a major law firm for 15 years, she left to start her own immigration law firm.
Before her election to Congress, Kathy worked to expand access to early childhood education, college scholarships, workforce development, and assistance to those in need through nonprofit organizations including the United Way, the Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro, the National Conference for Community and Justice, and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She has also worked tirelessly on major projects to revitalize downtown Greensboro and spur economic development. Kathy was the first woman to chair the Board of the Jewish Federations of North America, one of the largest charitable, faith-based organizations in the world, which provides assistance to communities in need around the world.
Sunday, December 5, 2021 at 7 p.m. via Zoom
Free Event for Students Only
Please enjoy the three Platt brothers from their amazing performance onGraduate Together: America Honors the Class of 2020
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