A Night of Music, Food, and Brews Planned to Raise Funds for Special-Needs Music Program

Special needs children participating in a music lesson. Source: Music Kids Foundation, Wilson NC
Special needs children participating in a music lesson. Source: Music Kids Foundation, Wilson NC

Music Kids Foundation of Wilson, North Carolina brings music into the lives of special needs children and adults. To raise funds for their programs, the foundation is holding an event on Saturday, August 25, 2018, 7-9pm, with live music, a silent auction, locally brewed beverages, and Jamaican food.

The need is growing locally, and the Music Kids Foundation is asking for public support to ensure these special musicians have what they need.

Said Crissy Oravits, owner of Music-and-More Studio, which is sponsoring the event:

“The special needs community is one that tends to get left behind in the music and art world so we try our best to provide a way they can interact through music with our program. We have been able to get instruments for some of the children and adults but not all of them and some have learned to speak, sing and play drums or piano.

“I am the mom of special needs boys that have autism, brain damage and tourette’s issues and as a 28 year professional touring musician and recording studio owner of Music-and-More Studio over the past 18 years we’ve developed a program that helps special needs kids and adults through music. I teach children and adults who have chronic, terminal, mental and physical issues to name a few. We try to help everyone we can, as well as we can.”

The Special Needs Music Kids fundraiser is being hosted by 217 Brew Works, at 217 South Street S, Wilson, North Carolina.

During the event, attendees can enjoy food from SaYum Jamaican Restaurant’s food truck, bid on silent auction items (cash only), choose an adult beverage from the variety of craft brews and sodas offered by 217 Brew Works, and listen to UnMuted play live. This is the first fundraiser to feature the studio’s band, UnMuted, this year.

There is no cover charge or admission; the foundation will be accepting donations of any size. The goal is to raise $5,000 to help each special needs musician receive instruments and musical therapeutic devices to aid them in learning. Come and enjoy the evening, and donate as you’re able.

Donors will have an opportunity this Fall to see first-hand the impact of their donations. A concert will be given by Music Kids Foundation during the Halloween Season. Held at Fike High School in Wilson NC, the ticketed event will include performances by the Special Needs Music Kids, plus a not-so-scary costume contest, and trick-or-treating for patrons following the concert.

The Music Kids Foundation helps sponsor kids ages 4-18 for educational music programs. Sessions costs $25 each for special needs kids or adults. The foundation strives to keep costs down, and puts all funds raised into their mission. Visit the Music Kids Foundation website at www.MusicKidsFoundation.com.

For more information on Music-and-More Studio, located at 123 S Goldsboro Street, Wilson NC, visit their website, www.Music-and-MoreStudio.com. Applications for the special needs music program may be found on that site.

SayUm Jamaican Restaurant is located at 408 Nash Street S, Wilson NC, and is on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SaYumJA. In addition to a wide array of Jamaican cuisine — jerk chicken, curry chicken, coco bread — SaYum serves ice cream and offers meal special every day.

According to their website, 217 Brew Works is “a 10 barrel production micro-brewery in a former livery stable and carriage house located across from the Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park” that opened for business on November 4, 2016 as the first craft brewery in Wilson County. Follow them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/217BrewWorksWilson.

Music Kids Foundation Fundraiser 2018 flyer. Source: Source: Crissy Oravits, Music and More Studio, Wilson NC
Music Kids Foundation Fundraiser 2018 flyer. Source: Source: Crissy Oravits, Music and More Studio, Wilson NC


Source: Music Kids Foundation

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