By early April, after three weeks in area grade school classrooms, the Pennies for Polio program sponsored by Walla Walla Sunrise Rotary Club raised more than $5,500 for Rotary’s polio eradication program.
Member Abby Graybeal updated fellow Rotarians at a recent meeting on the “Pennies for Polio” program.
The classroom that raised the most funds at each school won a pizza party provided by Rotary.
Guest speaker Mike Hammond, a noted local drummer and the owner of Melody Muffler, talked about the Walla Walla Blues Society and passed around copies of the April Blues News to everyone.
In its 20th year, the Blues Society works tirelessly on its Instruments for Kids program.
The WWBS provides instruments to youths who cannot otherwise afford them.
Instruments no longer in use and monetary funds are donated to WWBS from the community for this project.
Instruments are initially loaned, but young musicians can eventually keep them if their interest continues for a couple of years.
Mike passed around a number of pictures of the kids with donated instruments.
He said in the last six months alone the Blues Society donated a number of drum sets, a half-dozen guitars and other instruments.
WWBS will be host a 20th Anniversary Bash and fundraiser for its Instruments for Kids program at 6 p.m. May 17.
Boston blues group the Love Dogs, a seven-piece jump/jive band, will return to town to perform for the event at the Walla Walla Elks Lodge, 351 E. Rose St. General admission is $12, or $10 for society members.
Mike also talked about the Symphony Rock Camp, a joint project of the WWBS and Walla Walla Symphony.
The camp expects to enroll 70-100 kids ages 12-18 and work with them on all aspects of organizing a band and playing instruments.
The camp will be July 29-Aug. 2 at Lincoln High School with an ending concert in Washington Park.
Mike suggested checking out wallawallamusic.com/ for links to bands and events in the area and the Blues Society website, www.wwbs.org/.
Sunrise Rotary meets at 6:45 a.m. Wednesdays for breakfast and community interest programs at St. Francis Community Center, 722 W. Alder St.
For more information contact President Hank Worden at email@example.com or 525-0838, or online see www.wallawallasunriserotary.org .
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