2019 Year in Review: Connection

As 2019 comes to a close, PRO Aurora would like to express our deepest gratitude for your support. With your help, we were able to award more scholarship money than ever, which means we impacted more students than ever. Here are some of the year’s highlights:

  • Awarded $10,909 in full and partial Timothy Christopher Reece scholarships for students participating in School of Rock’s performance programs (up from $6844 last year). These funds benefitted 12 students (doubling our number from last year) and included two full summer camp scholarships and 8 private lessons for students from a local Title I school.

  • Honored graduating senior Amanda Morin as the second recipient of the Timothy Christopher Reece Scholarship Award for her artistry and leadership.

Ron Reece, Amanda Morin, Marsha Reece

  • Co-hosted a Battle of the Bands with School of Rock in April that raised over $1500.

  • Threw a rockin’ Zombie Prom, complete with a Haunted Hallway, cake walk, costume contest, and karaoke for 75 students, family, and friends.

Zombie Prom 2019

  • Added more instruments to our Instrument Loan Program. Our inventory of 15 instruments includes drum kits, guitars, bass, and keyboards for all ages and is almost always completely loaned out.

Every time we see young musicians grow onstage and off, we are reminded of the importance of this work. The opportunity to play an instrument and create music, at its core, is all about connection. To the world, to art, and to the people around us.

With this in mind, we head into 2020 eager to work hard, reach more students, and foster more meaningful connections that will improve the world. We are so glad you are a part of this team.

With appreciation,

Gay-Lynn Tangdit, president

Emily Suyat, treasurer

Melanie Brant, events and Instrument Loan Program

Lori Ellis, secretary

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