West Shore Bank donates over $13k to local school music programs.
LUDINGTON — West Shore Bank recently donated $13,295 to Mason County music education programs. The money was raised by food vendor fees and merchandise sales during the bank’s popular Rhythm & Dunes free concert series in July and August at Waterfront Park. Music directors from Mason County Central, Ludington Area Schools, and Mason County Eastern were each presented checks at a recent luncheon of $4,500 each.
“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.”
During the past seven years, $56,000 has been donated to the local music curriculums. According to Keith Kuczynski, music director at Ludington High School, the 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,” said Kuczynski. “I want to ensure any student who has a desire to pursue music is provided that opportunity.”
At Mason County Central, music director Tom Thomas said 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,” said 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.
As an independent and locally owned bank, 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.