The Fundraising Page of Katie Feeney
A Message From Katie Feeney
My mom started the Mark Webb GuitarStars Summer Camp Scholarship Fund to celebrate the memory of my uncle, Mark Webb, who passed away in 2013.
Mark Daniel Webb, age 56, of Cincinnati, OH, passed away on July 8, 2013. Mark was a teacher of mathematics for school districts in Erie, PA, Cleveland, OH, Los Angeles, CA and Cincinnati, OH and finished his teaching career at the School for Creative and Performing Arts in Cincinnati. Mark was an accomplished guitarist and performed in various bands including Navillus, Vintage, Kaw-Shun, The Epics, Pacific Point Band, Munique, and Sweet Water Clifton.
My uncle Mark was passionate about music and education and stood up constantly against inequity and injustice. To honor his memory, each summer, the Mark Webb GuitarStars Scholarship program will support the cost of 10+ scholarships for disadvantaged youth age 7-12 to attend a musical camp for a week at Rock to the Future where they will learn to play electric guitar and bass guitar. This memorial fund will honor both Mark's dedication to music education and his devotion for teaching and impacting the lives of our nation's most underserved, at-risk children.
I miss my uncle constantly and wish he was still here to offer his support and advice as a musician. Please help me keep his spirit alive! I am asking you to join me today by making a donation to the Mark Webb GuitarStars scholarship fund in his name. Any amount big or small will provide at-risk kids with the opportunity to learn to play an instrument for the week at summer camp - at no cost to them or their family.
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About This Campaign
Rock to the Future is a nonprofit organization that provides a brighter future for underserved Philadelphia youth through free contemporary music education programming on modern "rock" instruments. Our programs not only teach music but also build self esteem, teach leadership, and motivate youth to stay in school, graduate, and follow their dreams.
We hope to continue to expand our program to reach more underserved youth... but we need your help to do so!
This summer we will offer two fun musical summer camps where lower-income underserved youth spend a week at RTTF where they learn an instrument, write original music with their peers, participate in creative workshops, and enjoy guest performances from local musicians.
There is a great interest in scholarships for our summer camp and we want to be able to offer them to as many underserved youth as we can!
WHY MUSIC EDUCATION?
We have seen music heal, inspire, build confidence and improve the quality of life in our community.
For youth in our programs the opportunity to learn to play music is a life-changing experience!
Music education has been proven to increase academic performance, including standardized test scores, cognitive development, focus, memorization, linguistic skills, high school graduation rate, college attendance, and in some cases, IQ scores.
Lower-income families cannot afford private music education leaving the youth at risk for falling behind in school, getting into trouble, reducing their creative potential, and depriving them of a well-rounded education.
As we come towards the end of our 6th Year, we have already accomplished so much. For example:
- * Our students are advancing academically - Currently 100% of youth who complete Rock to the Future's MusiCore after school program have graduated high school and continued on to college or trade school.
- * Our students' lives are improving through music - Recently 16-year-old MusiCore after school program student, Lily, won a scholarship from The D'Addario Foundation to attend the 2015 Crown of the Continent Festival, where she got to open for Dweezil Zappa and was awarded an additional $10,000 scholarship to take online courses at Berklee School of Music - as a junior in high school.
- * Our programs are growing - RTTF is forming partnerships to bring our innovative contemporary music education programming into more schools and partner sites. Just this year we've gone from working with two Philadelphia schools to offering contemporary music workshops in five schools and counting!
None of Rock to the Future’s achievements are possible without the crucial support of amazing people like you, who value the arts and believe in the power of education to transform the lives of children. Because Rock to the Future is a young but growing organization, we are increasingly dependent on the generous donations of people like you to carry out our crucial work.
Will you donate to Rock to the Future today to help a Philadelphia child reach their full potential? Rock to the Future is dedicated to delivering a high return with quality programs that make real differences in people’s lives. There are many additional ways to support Rock to the Future including in-kind donations, volunteering or even just sharing this campaign with family and friends! We thank you in advance for your support. On behalf of our students and staff – YOU ROCK!