My name is Eric Schaer. Both of my children, Eliana (14) and Ari (11) have participated in PPCT since 2014, Rey-Rey’s last year. Since that time, PPCT has become such an important part of all of our lives, that we cannot imagine life without it. My true appreciation of PPCT started with the first “senior night” that my family attended. Watching teenagers talk about their love for PPCT (and each other) so eloquently and with such genuine emotion, was this first time I realized that PPCT was truly something special. Since then, I have been amazed not just at the quality of the many performances I have seen, but more importantly by the quality of all of the people that make up PPCT from the kids themselves, to those behind the scenes and the parent community.
This has inspired me to get more and more involved. My wife Iris and I often volunteer to work at the shows working concessions or ticket sales. But, now, with the current changes that PPCT is undergoing, and the threats posed to PPCT’s continued existence, I am committed to doing whatever it takes to ensure that PPCT will be around not only for my/our kids, but future generations of kids for years to come. During the most recent CrowdRise campaign, I threw myself into fundraising, contacting people by email, Facebook, Twitter and in person, to express how important PPCT was to my family and the community to encourage people to donate. I was pleased to be part of what turned out to be a very successful fundraising campaign, but I know that there is still lots of work to be done.
In real life, I am an attorney with a small law firm in New York, Kaplan Levenson P.C. that focuses on commercial litigation. I have also served on the Board of Directors of my co-op (100 Overlook Terrace) for the last 13 years. I believe my legal background combined with my work on my co-op Board would be beneficial to PPCT. My legal experience provides me with a slightly different perspective to help address the challenges and issues that PPCT will face, whether it be reviewing contracts, drafting new policies or considering the legal aspects of certain decisions we must make. My experience on the Board has taught me to work collaboratively with others to tackle issues and find solutions that are beneficial to everybody, not just a select few.
I love being part of the wonderful PPCT community and I would be honored to serve as a member of the Board to help guide PPCT through its next phase. Thank you for your consideration.