Patron of Arts Raffle Supports Music Education

Elementary band director Todd Mentzer working with a group of brass students from Benjamin Banneker's Fourth Grade Band.

The Milford Community Band’s 10th annual Scholarship Raffle Grand Prize is current going on in support of education for local young musicians. This annual raffle generates funds to provide local band students in the elementary and middle school band programs with private summer lessons on their instrument. Instructional time for beginning musicians is at a premium with only one band director for six elementary school bands. So often, band students quit their instrument before they even reach high school and get to enjoy the amazing opportunities open to high school musicians, such as marching in football shows, playing in pit bands for musicals, competitions, and challenging, fulfilling concert music.

Legitimate research demonstrates over and over that participation in school band programs is positively correlated with high academic performance, good citizenship, and high achievement in other areas. Musicianship is one of the greatest resources a young person can develop not only to promote overall success in life but also to provide young people a life-long source of fulfillment. The ability to make music with others is an attractive alternative to some of the destructive behaviors that often tempt young people who are dealing with stress or adverse life circumstances.

Over the past nine years, The Milford Community Band has awarded 69 scholarships and their goal this summer will be to send another 12 Milford students for private lessons.

Winners of the Milford Community Band Raffle have the opportunity to win great prizes while supporting the education of our local young musicians. One lucky winner and guest will be pampered for two nights in a jacuzzi suite at Rehoboth’s famous Boardwalk Plaza Hotel, right on the Boardwalk (an $850.00 value). All meals for this weekend are part of the prize package, including a luxurious feast at the elegant Victoria’s Restaurant. This $150.00 value meal for two was co-sponsored by three local businesses: Draperies Etc., M.H. Custom Cabinets, and Bill Rust Plumbing, who have made this sensational grand prize possible because of their support of instrumental music programs in the Milford School District.

The Grand Prize winner will also enjoy free meals at Cracker Barrel Restaurant, Dogfish Head, Grotto Pizza, Big Fish Grill, and the Roadhouse Steak Joint. The softly-lighted indoor/outdoor pool at the Boardwalk Plaza will be available through the night to help work off all those delightful meals!

Each raffle ticket purchased qualifies for chances on the second prize, (two tickets to a performance of the Dover Symphony Orchestra and a gift certificate from Dover’s The Countrie Eatery), and the third prize, (two tickets to a Second Street Players performance and a gift certificate from The Georgia House.) In addition, anyone who purchases tickets on or before May 17th will also be in the drawing for the raffle’s Early Bird Prize: a gorgeous framed original print of an Abbott’s Mill scene, created by local Milford artist Rosemary Connelly.

Tickets are 1 for $2, 3 for $5, or 10 for $15. They are available from Kay Meade (422-2395); Joe Lear (422-6304); Elementary band director Todd Mentzer at any of the elementary schools; or at Lear Hall (formerly the Kiwanis Building) at 315 Claude Street every Tuesday night, 7 – 9 p.m. Tickets will also be on sale prior to each of the district band concerts (March 23, 27, 30 and May 10, 17, and 22nd. The Grand Prize and other top prizes will be drawn on May 22nd at the Milford Middle School Spring Concert.
For more information, contact Kay Meade at 422-2395.