2018 Rhythm & Dunes Donations Benefit Local School Music Programs
West Shore Bank is pleased to announce that for the seventh year in a row, proceeds from its Rhythm & Dunes summer concert series were donated to benefit music programs of local area schools. The Bank is delighted 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 record-setting donations of $13,295. A total of $4,500 was presented to Music Directors at each school during a special luncheon held earlier this month.
“The total turnout for this year’s concerts was the highest we have experienced,” 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.”
These donations make a large impact to the area’s school music programs. During the past seven years, $56,000 has been donated to these local music curriculums. According to Keith Kuczynski, Music Director at Ludington High School, this donation doubles his annual budget. In addition to repairing and replacing worn-out instruments, he is also able to aid students who may not be able to afford an instrument. “Many times music is an outlet for students who may be experiencing emotional, behavioral or social issues,” stated Kuczynski. “I want to ensure any student who has a desire to pursue music is provided that opportunity.”
At Mason County Central, Tom Thomas stated he does not receive a set budget annually and is very dependent on these donations. He has been able to purchase new uniforms and flags, as well as musical equipment throughout the years. As a result of these improvements, his music program continues to excel. “Our performances have improved as a direct result of these purchases,” stated Thomas. “This also contributed to our jazz band being recently invited to play at the 2018 Detroit Jazz Festival, a prestigious experience for our students.”
Mason County Eastern has hired a full-time music instructor with funds donated from these concerts and offers a K-12 music program for students.
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 supporting vendors: Lela’s Kettle Corn, Hungry Howie’s of Ludington, Jimmy John’s of Ludington, Krave’s Frozen Yogurt, Lakeside Weiner Wagon, Road Crew Galley and Roast’d.