December 15, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

FAMILYCARE HEALTH DONATES $100,000 GIFT TO SUPPORT MUSIC EDUCATION IN SCHOOLS
Donation Inspires Multi-Organization Collaboration


(Portland, Ore.) — On December 18 from 2-3 pm an All-School Holiday Assembly is set for Earl Boyles Elementary in the David Douglas School District to highlight a generous $100,000 donation to Schoolhouse Supplies from FamilyCare Health’s President & CEO and Oregon Symphony Board member Jeff Heatherington.

With this investment of $100,000 from FamilyCare Health, Schoolhouse Supplies will expand the number of school districts eligible to use their services and provide classroom sets of basic musical instruments that will inspire the children to love music, support their daily learning and give them a basis for continuing their music education.

“This may seem like an unusual gift for a health care company, but we know that music education and participation in music aids in the healthy development of both the intellectual and emotional minds of children that carries on into their adult lives,” says FamilyCare President & CEO Jeff Heatherington. “This is preventative medicine at a very fundamental level.”

To celebrate the gift, Oregon Symphony resident conductor Paul Kim will lead a performance by all 3-5 graders from this David Douglas School during the December 18 assembly, playing on recorders purchased with these new funds. Their performance will include the songs they are learning for their upcoming April 28, 2016 interactive Carnegie Hall-Weill Institute “Link Up” concert with the Oregon Symphony entitled “The Orchestra Sings,” part of the Oregon Symphony and David Douglas Schools’ five-year Studio to School Initiative. The performance will include excerpts from the “Ode to Joy,” “Simple Gifts,” the “New World Symphony,” as well as three other holiday songs.

“We are so grateful to FamilyCare for their commitment to local classrooms,” said Alice Forbes, Executive Director of Schoolhouse Supplies. “This generous gift is part of their ongoing support of Schoolhouse Supplies, putting critical learning materials in the hands of students across the entire Metro area. We recognize music education as a fundamental part of general educational development, and appreciate being able to provide this support to so many children.”

The partners in this project are FamilyCare Health, Schoolhouse Supplies, Oregon Symphony and the Carnegie Hall Weill Institute, David Douglas School District, the Oregon Community Foundation, and the Regional Arts and Culture Council.

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