On March 22nd, Grammy-award winning singer Patti Austin visited parents and patients at the Boston Children’s Hospital for her Over My Shoulder Foundation. The Foundation, co-founded by Patti Austin and Dawn Carroll in 2010, aims to raise awareness of the importance of mentoring through music, art, and design. At Seacrest Studios, Patti shared her book, “Ugly Duckling: Mighty Musical Fairy Tales” with patients and their families at the state of the art multimedia space inside the hospital.
“She was a great studio guest and we thoroughly enjoyed having her and so did the patients and families!” says Max Svec, Media Program Specialist at Boston Children’s Seacrest Studios.
Svec adds “I heard (and witnessed in the studio) that Patti’s fun loving energy was very much enjoyed by the patients and families. As the host, I really enjoyed speaking with Patti. She was a wonderful guest to have live on the air with us. Our studio visits are always the most successful when the guest is excited, happy, and wants to be there. Patti was all those things!
In terms of the fairytale, I think the pre-recorded video we played was great and very enjoyable. Her modern spin in a classic story was great. However, since Patti has such an electric personality, for future Seacrest Studios visits it might be a lot of fun to have her read the stories live in the studio.”
Additionally, with March being National Nutrition Month, Patti visited Chef’s Playground, a first-of-a-kind culinary demonstration station at the Boston Children’s Hospital. At this innovative fresh food court, Patti cooked dinner with Chef Dean Duffy from Johnson & Wales University for parents and caregivers of terminally ill patients. The menu included an appetizer of pan seared scallops on creamy parmesan polenta, asparagus tips and basil oil. As an entrée, the pair served guests herb crusted lamb loin with roasted fingerling potato, baby carrots, Brussel sprouts and lamb jus.

A video from the event is in production.

About Dawn Carroll

Dawn Carroll, Executive Director of Over My Shoulder FoundationThe Over My Shoulder Foundation started with a song called “Over My Shoulder,” with lyrics written by Dawn as a duet to be performed by legendary Patti Austin and one of her mentees, Lianna Guiterrrez. Dawn’s vision was to musically weave together her message: that without support and emotional sustenance we can become lost, disconnected, and unstable—as individuals and as a society. As the Executive Director of OMSF, Dawn has inspired programs like the MIDDIES, which ask people to stop and pay tribute to those who helped navigate them to success. As Dawn states, “The dream behind the OMSF is to celebrate, nominate, and reward mentors and mentees: a new cadre of creative talent which will have the leadership skills to amend many of our social and economic crises.”

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