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Rhythm and Dunes Benefits Local School Music Programs

14-Sep-2016 West Shore Bank is pleased to announce that for the fifth year in a row, a portion of the proceeds from its Rhythm & Dunes summer concert series was donated to benefit music programs of local area schools. Record crowds of music-fans flocked to Waterfront Park in Downtown Ludington to enjoy the two performances this summer.   In addition to performances from 20 Ride, a Zac Brown tribute and Mick Adams & The Stones, a tribute to the Rolling Stones, crowds were treated to performances by Ludington High School’s O-Funk Pep Band and the Mason County Central Jazz Band.

The Bank is elated to extend donations to three Mason County schools – Ludington Area Schools, Mason County Central, and Mason County Eastern. Donations accepted during the concerts, food vendor fees and other merchandise sales provided a total donation this year of $10,500.

“After not having a music program for four years, with the help from West Shore Bank’s Rhythm and Dunes school donation, we are now able to offer a K-12 music program and hired a full-time music instructor at Mason County Eastern,” stated Paul T. Shoup, Principal and Superintendent of Mason County Eastern Schools. The funds also help to provide school-owned instruments and needed repairs.

“The donations have been a huge benefit to our music program,” said Tom Thomas, Music Director of Mason County Central Schools. “All monies are used to help kids with the expense of being in band and choir. New color guard uniforms and flags are planned for this year.  This also aids with uniform repairs and cleaning, and helps pay for lettering on our new equipment trailer.”

Keith Kuczynski, Music Director for Ludington Schools shared, “With these funds, we’ve been able to purchase sheet music for our various bands – concert band, jazz band, 7th and 8th grade bands, solo and ensemble, and our pep band, O-Funk. We’ve also been able to pay for the cost of maintenance and repair for school-owned instruments, as well as buy supplies. Students with financial hardships are able to use school owned instruments, and this has continued to be possible through donations from West Shore Bank’s Rhythm and Dunes concerts.  This money substantially increases our current yearly budget and really makes a huge difference to our program.”

West Shore Bank would like to thank the community for its support of the Rhythm & Dunes concerts and for coming out to enjoy the shows. The Bank would also like to express thanks to its other supporting vendors: Lela’s Kettle Corn, Boney Island Barbecue, Jimmy John’s of Ludington and SAMM’s Concessions. At a luncheon held on Thursday, September 8, the Bank presented their donation to representatives from each school.

 “The turnout for this year’s concerts was outstanding,” said Raymond A. Biggs, President and CEO of West Shore Bank. “West Shore Bank is proud to support and make a difference in our communities and our schools.  It’s an honor to come together with our friends and neighbors to celebrate and support music education for our local students.”  During the past five years, over $30,000 has been donated to these local schools.

As an independent and locally owned bank, we take pride in helping our communities. With locations throughout Mason, Manistee, Benzie and Oceana counties, West Shore Bank is committed to making a real difference in the local community and providing valuable financial solutions to all its customers.  For more information about West Shore Bank, stop by any branch location or visit us online at www.westshorebank.com.


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