Sheila E.: Passion, Percussion and Philanthropy

Sheila E. talks about growing up with music, art, and sounds, her challenges, new projects, Elevate Hope and her visit to Cincinnati for The YMCA of Greater Cincinnati Black and Latino Achievers College and Career Readiness Program on Friday, November 16, 2012. To learn mora about this event, please visit or for tickets call 513-362-2012.




Changing Lives for the Better

YMCA of Greater Cincinnati Salute Gala benefits leaders of tomorrow 

Cincinnati, OH (September 28, 2012) – The YMCA of Greater Cincinnati Black and Latino Achievers College and Career Readiness Program will hold their 34th annual Salute Gala on Friday, November 16, 2012 at the Sharonville Convention Center, located at 11355 Chester Road.  The event that begins at 6 p.m., will honor 34 local men and women who have served as outstanding role models for young people, encouraging them to pursue college and career goals. Legend of Education Awards will be presented to Northern Kentucky University, Cincinnati State Technical and Community College, and sister Mararita M. Brewer.  “The gala will also pay tribute to our sponsors, dedicated students in the program, and their families,” said Executive Director of the Black and Latino Achievers college and career readiness program Toni Miles.  “The gala is the chief fund raiser for the college and career readiness program that recorded a 100 percent college enrollment rate in 2012,” said President and Chief Executive Officer of the YMCA of Greater Cincinnati Sandy Walker.  “Several deserving young people will receive college scholarships as a result of the Salute Gala.”


Mallory Screws is a 2011 Black and Latino Achievers scholarship recipient.  Now a freshman at Northern Kentucky University studying mechanical engineering, she encourages young people to get involved in the Y mentoring program.  “It’s never too early to get involved in making decisions that will impact your whole life,” said Screws, during a break in classes at the Highland Heights campus.  “My best advice to young people heading off to college is to do what my mom told me, have fun, but realize your main goal is to succeed and graduate.”


Entertainer and humanitarian Sheila E. is the featured artist at the November gala.  She shares the Y’s passion for elevating youth and helping them find and pursue their spark in life.  Sheila E. will hold a free music clinic for teens on Thursday, November 15, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the School for the Creative and Performing Arts, located at 108 West Central Parkway in downtown Cincinnati.  A limited number of spaces are available for the clinic; go to the website and click on Gala to register.


Tickets for the Salute Gala are available at $100 each; a VIP ticket for $125 includes an opportunity to meet Sheila E.  To reserve a seat, call (513) 362-2012; for more information about the event, visit the website and click on Black and Latino Achievers. 


About the YMCA of Greater Cincinnati

The YMCA of Greater Cincinnati strives to strengthen communities. Through our focus on youth development, healthy living, and

social responsibility, we embrace and nurture the promise that lives in all of us. The Y gives children, families, and individuals the

support and resources needed to be healthier, more confident, connected, and secure. For more information about the YMCA of

Greater Cincinnati, visit the website, or call (513) 362-YMCA.



Kathy Lehr

YMCA of Greater Cincinnati 

(513) 362-2009



Sheila E.

2010 Emmy nominee Sheila Escovedo (Sheila E.) picked up the drumsticks and started making music at the precocious age of three, while watching her legendary father, percussionist Pete Escovedo rehearse.  Sheila delivered her first solo performance to a live audience two years later and has since established herself as one of the most talented percussionist/drummers and performers in the world. Best known to music fans as Sheila E., she became a top session and touring musician before the age of 19, performing and/or recording with George Duke, Herbie Hancock, Billy Cobham, Con Funk Shun and countless others.  Soon to follow with Marvin Gaye on his final world tour, Diana Ross, Lionel Richie, Gloria Estefan, Babyface, Patti LaBelle, and Stevie Nicks, among others.

In the 1980’s, Sheila’s friend Prince helped to catapult her to her own pop superstardom. Her obvious talent and hits like “The Glamorous Life” and “Love Bizarre,” plus her pivotal work on other Prince-related projects contributed to her international stardom.  Other works include her participation in the “We Are The World” session, and a performance on the Oscars with virtuoso Placido Domingo.

In recent years, she has served as musical director for the likes of Jennifer Lopez, Beyonce’ Knowles, and Prince.  Her music production and arrangement skills have been showcased on the Latin Grammy Awards, Summer Olympics, ALMA’s, and the Image Awards, to name a few.  She became television’s first female musical director for Magic Johnson’s “The Magic Hour.” Sheila’s enthusiasm for the new generation of players led her to design “ClassE” Custom Series for adults, and the “Sheila E.’s Player Series,” for children.


Sheila appeared for three consecutive runs as drummer for Ringo Starr’s All-Starr Band. She also appeared as one of the celebrity judges on Fox’s “The Next Great American Band”, and was the grand-prize winner on “Gone Country 3” on CMT. Her current project is the new release of The E Family’s new single “I Like It,” from their upcoming release of their first collaborative CD, “Now & Forever,” with her Father Pete Escovedo, and brothers Juan and Peter Michael Escovedo. Sheila received her Doctorate of Music Degree from MI, and an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Music Direction for Fiesta Latina, A Performance at the White House.


Despite her commitment to, and the demands of making music, Sheila maintains a heavy involvement in charitable organizations as a philanthropist, with her passion as co-founder and chair of the Elevate Hope Foundation, focusing on the needs of victims of child abuse, by promoting music and arts education, as an alternative form of therapy. 

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