Bring Your Unused Musical Instruments & Accessories to the Festival to Help Kids
June 4, 2012
Festival attendees can once again donate new or used musical instruments and musical instrument accessories such as new violin and guitar strings, mouthpieces, reeds, music stands, metronomes, etc. to help City of Rochester kids who are interested in studying music.
So search your attics and closets now for unused instruments that young aspiring musicians can use and bring them to the festival to the Rochester Education Foundation (REF) booth, generously donated by M&T Bank, located in the Merchandise Tent. Volunteers will be at the booth from 5-8 PM daily during the festival to take your donations.
Pat Braus, REF Executive Director said, "We hit a milestone this year -- we have now collected more than 800 musical instruments for city kids, with the very generous support of Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival attendees."
Braus added, "This year we're offering a friendly competition for people who stop by the booth. We'll have a vote every day for friends of city schools. Those who stop by can pick a city school (one they went to, their parents attended, one in your neighborhood, etc.). We'll post daily winners. At the end of the festival, we'll give the school with the most votes, books for its library."
"We'll also be doing another visitor poll, asking attendees for their favorite children's book villain, such as The Grinch, Valdemort, etc.
For more information on donations, how you can help, or to make arrangements for large instruments, please call 271-5790 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Rochester Education Foundation is an independent organization whose mission is to provide resources and programs to improve learning and success for all Rochester city public school students through the cultivation of partnerships between education, business and the community.