As students around the region settle into the 2018-2019 school year, and the FAME Jazz Band Program enters Season 4 (hard to believe it, this is the 4th year), we are optimistic about the possibilities that lie ahead for the youth we serve and FAME.
As we enter the Holiday season, we continue to give thanks for our partners who have renewed their commitment to FAME’s 15th year of providing enriching access to quality educational and artistic opportunities. We are also thankful for the voices of teachers, community members and leaders that are advocating for quality education for our children and keeping music in schools. And thank You for your philanthropic support – your financial and instrument donations are key to our ability to provide access for many youths.
I am grateful for FAME’s Board of Directors’ vision and dedication to advancing FAME’s mission. They truly are the wind beneath my wings. Thank you, Harry Staley, Chairman;
Wayne Ferguson, Vice Chairman; Cecelia Davis, Treasurer;
Gwendolyn Ferguson, Secretary; Karen S. Jackson, Sam Hutchinson, John Ray, Reg Weaver, &
Gregory K. Wells.
The United Parcel Service (UPS) & PEPCO, An Exelon Company, recently provided funding to establish our long-awaited state of the art Music & Technology lab this Fall. The lab will be used to widen our service base and connect additional youth to STEM and SAT tutoring classes, year-round music theory, and technology training, and provide access to computers for homework. What a blessing! Thank you, UPS & PEPCO, for your continued support.
Please donate to our end-year campaign at www.FAMEmusic.org. Your gift, no matter how large of small, will directly help FAME provide academic and music training through our programs and activities that benefit underserved youth, and fill the void where school education and cultural arts programs are limited.
Enjoy the holidays! We look forward to seeing you at one of our upcoming events.
A. Toni Lewis