Eddie Lang Scholarship Program

$745 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 19 people in 13 months
Richard Barnes
on behalf of Ed Massaro
 PHILADELPHIA, PA
Hello and Thank You for your interest in the Eddie Lang Scholarship Program of Philadelphia !
I am Richard Barnes, a musician and leader of the Philadelphia area's Premier authentic 1920s Jazz band - Blackbird Society Orchestra , specializing in the music of the Jazz Age, the Roaring 20s , the Gatsby era...and focusing on the works of the "Father of Jazz Guitar " himself - South Philadelphia's own Eddie Lang.
In October of 2010 I organized "Eddie Lang Day in Philadelphia" with the intention of bringing attention to Lang and his music through a night of songs and stories by 5 bands and over 50 musicians. Made official with a Mayoral Proclamation by Mayor Michael Nutter , we raised $2500.oo to help feed the less fortunate around the Holiday season .
Each year I have held Eddie Lang Day in Philadelphia ( traditionally October 25th , Lang's birthday ) and for this year I have something special planned.
I am proud to announce that after working the past 12 months on a 'secret project' , Philadelphia's Mural Arts Program, lead by Jane Golden , is going to dedicate a wall mural to Eddie Lang in his old neighborhood at 7th and Fitzwater Streets in South Philadelphia. It is scheduled to be unveiled on Sunday October 23rd from 12:oo-2:oopm.
I am very fortunate to have discovered music when I was 8 years old. Starting on Clarinet, then Cello and then Guitar . It has opened my ears and eyes and mind up to many wonderful things and experiences . I've made many friends through music. I've expanded my cultural appreciation. It kept me off the streets , preventing me from being bored with life and helped me grow as a person.
I believe that music not only increases your appreciation of the arts but also improves your mind  , your reading and literacy skills , reasoning, mathematical abilities , emotional intelligence ....and just makes you smile and feel good !
I think every child should have the opportunity to experience that. A chance to learn . A chance to interact with new people. A chance to create .
The costs of an instrument or classes should not be the wall that stands between a child and their dreams and through the Eddie Lang Scholarship Program of Philadelphia , I'd like to make sure that never happens.

Pur charities this year are Musicopia and Dancing
Classrooms Philly .

This October I will hold a Gala Event to raise funds for the scholarship. The afternoon will feature live music by my band - Blackbird Society Orchestra - as well as other local muscians as well as student bands from area  schools.
Your donation will help children experience the joy of music that everyone should enjoy by enrolling them in lessons and by providing them with their own instrument upon completion of a year of lessons.

Kimmel Center's Hamilton Room and Garden Terrace will host the event.Obviously there are costs involved to rent the facility, catering, advertising etc. so this campaign will start with securing that venue so that we can then concentrate of vendors and sponsors .

I would like to set a deadline to meet the goal of $5000.oo by May 1st 2016 .

Donation Levels :

$25.oo - "Thank You" Listing in the Program (TYLP)
$50.oo - TYLP, Digital Download of BSO  CD
$75.oo - TYLP,  physical BSO  CD sent to you
$150.oo - TYLP, CD and One ticket to Gala Event

Sponsor Levels

$500.oo - Bronze  Level Sponsor Table
                      * Sponsor Level "Thank You" in Program
                         as well as digital signage 
                      * 4 Tickets for Gala Event
                      * Preferred Seating
                      * Four BSO  CDs
$750.oo -   Silver Level Sponsor Table
                      * Sponsor Level "Thank You" in Program
                         as well as Digital Signage
                      * 6 Tickets for Gala Event
                      * Preferred Seating
                      * Six BSO CDs
$1000.oo -  Gold Level Sponsor 
                       * Sponsor Level "Thank you" in Program
                          as well as Digital Signage 
                        * 6 Tickets for Gala Event
                        * Preferred Seating
                       *  Parking for 3 Cars
                       *  Six BSO  CDs 
$2500.oo  -  Platinum Level Sponsor
                        * Sponsor Level "Thank You" in Program ,
                           Digital Signage and acknowledged in 
                           announcement/intro from Stage
                         * Six Tickets to Gala Event - Premium Seats
                         * Parking for 3 Cars
                         * Six BSO  CDs
                         * One Hour Private Performance by BSO's
                             5 pc band at your event ( local area )


I hope you will help !

Thank you so much for sharing interest and helping to improve the lives of kids who just want a chance !


~ Richard Barnes
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Update 1
Posted by Richard Barnes
13 months ago
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Hello Everyone !
Just an update of activities over the past few days.
Thank you all so much for starting this off on a positive note ( no pun intended ! ). I'm looking forward to the planning stages as things develop and will keep you informed.
I appreciate everything you've done for this great cause.

Richard Barnes
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$745 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 19 people in 13 months
Created March 2, 2016
Richard Barnes  
on behalf of Ed Massaro
PH
$10
Paul Howe
7 months ago
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AD
$75
Anthony DiFlorio
7 months ago
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Perpetuating the memory of a South Philadelphia native legend, Italian-American Salvatore Massaro.

CM
$100
Cynthia Magill
8 months ago
1
1

Best of luck with this important effort. Hope you reach all of your goals.

SF
$50
Sally Fenley
10 months ago
1
1

Good luck - I love the scholarship idea! Thanks for your good work and continued efforts!

WB
$25
Walter Blauvelt
12 months ago
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1
GB
$25
Gregory Brady
12 months ago
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$10
Lou DePietro
12 months ago
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$10
Anonymous
12 months ago
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LG
$100
Lori Garton
12 months ago
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MH
$50
Michael Hood
12 months ago
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Go Eddie (Sal!)

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