resized_20161116_180721 David Endicott, CEO of Music4Life, accepts an oversized check for $15,000 from Des Moines/Normandy Park Rotarians Dan Johnson and Carri Litowitz.[/caption] On Wednesday Nov. 16, 2016, the Rotary Club of Des Moines & Normandy Park Washington made a $15,000.00 donation to Highline Music4Life. The monies are proceeds from the annual Poverty Bay Blues & Brews Festival fundraiser, which was held in August of this year. “These funds will help Music4Life present ready-to-play musical instruments to Highline kids who need them,” Music4Life CEO David Endicott said. “Last year, we provided 71 instruments. We’re already off to a fast start in 2016-17, having delivered 12 instruments in September and October. We are acquiring three new trumpets at the request of Highline Public Schools and have another 24 instruments in process of repairs. That’s well more than half the instruments in one-fourth the time. “It’s important to understand that this is the cake, not the icing. Students who want to participate in instrumental music activities tend to do better in math, science and many other academic disciplines. Unless their families can’t afford to get a musical instrument. And in today’s economy, many can’t even afford to rent one. So Music4Life is just as much an ‘education program’ as it is an instrumental music program.” To learn more about Music4Life, click here. In addition to the Highline Music4Life program, funds raised from the Poverty Bay Blues & Brews Festival also benefit the Des Moines Area Food Bank, Dictionaries for 3rd Graders, Helping Homeless Youth and many others. To learn more about – or to join – the Rotary Club of Des Moines & Normandy Park, click here.]]>