The Drake Gives celebrates the power of music and announces its annual fundraiser on June 4

Alec Glasser, founder of The Drake Restaurant in Laguna Beach

Philanthropist Alec Glasser, founder of The Drake Restaurant in Laguna Beach and the nonprofit charity Drake Gives, is a driving force behind music education initiatives in Orange County.

The Drake Gives' recent $1.5 million donation will fund a novel initiative at the School of Social Ecology at the University of California (UCI), Irvine. UCI's Power of Music initiative is a unique way in which The Drake Gives helps use music for social good and well-being.

The Drake Gives partnered with Save The Music Foundation in December 2021 and has since raised over half a million dollars for equity and access to music education. These funds have supported the rebuilding of music education throughout Orange County. The Drake Gives' contributions have supported more than 12,000 students, with over half of these funds specifically used to launch a new music program at five schools in the Anaheim Union High School District (Ball Jr. High, Sycamore Jr. High, Brookhurst Jr. High, South Jr. High, and Savannah High School).

Drake owner and founder of The Drake Gives Alec Glasser / Frank Salas Photography

The Drake Gives recognized a significant opportunity to increase participation in music and arts events in elementary, middle and high schools throughout Orange County. Every dollar raised can provide a child with a school year of music education, lessons and an instrument.

The Drake Gives' musically inspired celebrations raise funds to create a lasting impact for our youth.

They do this through “The Drake Gives” fundraiser, which this year takes place on Tuesday, June 4th at The Drake in Laguna Beach.

Co-chairs spearheading the event include Lourdes Nark, Urvashi Patel, James Cueva and Linda Young. The unique culinary experience includes a multi-course dinner with caviar and wine pairings and live entertainment from the talented Parson James, courtesy of Cueva Entertainment.

Further event details and sponsorship opportunities can be found at

About The Drake Gives

The Drake Gives is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit foundation that provides music lessons, materials and instruments to underserved youth in public schools so they can experience the transformative power of music. Music has a profound impact on a child's academic and social-emotional development. The Drake Gives is committed to ensuring that all children, regardless of socioeconomic status, have access to music education. The Drake and The Drake Gives founder Alec Glasser learned to play the saxophone at age 12 in public school. This experience has shaped his life in ways he never imagined—his desire is for all children to have equal opportunities in their public school education. For more information, visit