Community Continues to Rally Around Music Education in 2018
8th Annual Fundraiser an Unqualified Success
Bellevue, Washington, March 17, 2018—In what has become a favorite spring charity event in Seattle, Play It Forward 8, the annual gala staged by Music Aid Northwest (MAN), continued the tradition of top flight entertainment and philanthropy. Over 200 people filled The Triple Door to celebrate music and raise much-needed funds to help struggling music programs in Washington Schools. In a special ceremony during the event, Washington’s own Pat O’Day was honored with the very first Washington Music Icon award.
Enloe, winner of Seattle Wave Radio’s Jammin Challenge, opened the show to rave reviews. Next, Jaydon Beleford, a student at Hazen High School, brought the house down with his classic operatic voice in a stirring rendition of “O Sole Mio”. The crowd then welcomed two Danish musicians, Jessica Lynn and Cerke Cherokee to the stage for a spectacular performance. Carina DeAngelo and Patrick Vincent continued the show, after which Carina shared her story of how she benefitted from the economic support of Music Aid Northwest! The enthusiastic crowd danced in the aisles to the music of Linda Ronstadt and Eagles as Just One Look and The Kings of Hollywood closed out the night.
Through ticket sales and auction items, Music Aid Northwest raised over $80,000, which will be combined with proceeds from the sale of our distinctive Music Matters license plates and distributed via our grant program later this year.
Music Aid Northwest would like to thank everyone who contributed to the evening’s success: those who attended and especially the artists, all of whom donated their time to further our passion: music education in our public schools.
If you missed the event and still want to contribute, you can still donate directly. 100% of your donation will go to music education in Washington.
Play it Forward 9 is tentatively scheduled for March 16, 2019.
President, Music Aid Northwest