Net proceeds to benefit the Bonita Springs Assistance Office and the Music for Minors Foundation, Inc.
Please join us to celebrate the Blues on March 12th and 13th, 2010 your community needs your help! The Bonita Springs Assistance Office provides assistance to those in our community who are less fortunate, and specializes in working with elderly residents, and families with young children. Over the years, these emergency programs have helped thousands of residents get back on their feet. Your generous sponsorship will help provide emergency relief for community residents, to lessen the impact of financial and personal crises.
The primary purpose of the Music For Minors Foundation Inc. is to provide musical instruments for children.
Studies have shown that music learning and practice also benefit mental and behavioral processes, including cognitive development,
language learning, reading ability, creativity, motor skills, and personal and social adjustment.
Learn more about the charities the Bonita Blues will be supporting from the overview provided below or by visiting their websites.
Bonita Springs Assistance Office
For over twenty five years, the Bonita Springs Assistance Office has served as a primary social service agency in southwest Florida. The Bonita Springs Assistance Office are proud of the fact that they have been able to have helped thousands of area residents at a time of crisis
The objectives of the organization are to:
Provide emergency relief for community residents to lessen the impact of financial and personal crises.
To help others recognize their own capacity to help themselves.
To cooperate with all agencies interested in various phases of social work in the Bonita Springs area.
Community residents who apply for emergency assistance are carefully screened to determine need. Many residents find themselves facing financial disaster due to major illness, job layoff or death of a family member. The program enables them to get back on their feet. Services available to those who qualify include:
Food from our Pantry
Rent/Mortgage payment assistance
Utility payment assistance
Prescriptions and other medications
Clothing School supplies
Information and referrals
Emergency miscellaneous needs
The Bonita Springs Assistance Office believes in providing a “hand up” and not a “hand out”. We extend the helping hand of assistance, while their clients to retain their dignity. The Bonita Springs Assistance Office show clients who are able to work how to locate jobs and become productive members of the community. They specialize in working with elderly residents and families with young children.
Music For Minors Foundation
Music For Minors
Music For Minors Foundation, Inc. is the brainchild of Mrs. Dorothy Friedenreich, who so enjoyed her son's music through the years that her dream is to put a musical instrument into the hands of every child who wants to learn to play. The primary purpose qf the Music For Minors Foundation. Inc. is to provide musical instruments for children.
The Foundation works closely with the school system to identify qualified youngsters. Students then make application and are interviewed.
Seventh grade students who have had a year of band or orchestra are ideal candidates for our program because they have had some training and possess some knowledge of music and have developed a feel for the instruments. Though technically beginners, students at this level are usually able to identify the instrument they wish to play.
It is the intention of Music for Minors to follow the students' progress through tenth grade, at which time a certificate of ownership will be presented and the instrument becomes his/hers for life!!
Music For Minors
The number of instruments awarded each year depends on the resources of the Foundation and the number of qualified applicants. Music For Minors happily accepts donations from individuals, grants from other foundations or corporations, memorials, special gifts, charitable remainder and or other trusts. In addition, fundraising events are offered throughout the year. For information about fundraising events call 947-1943.
The goal, as funds permit, is to include every middle school in both Collier and Lee Counties in the program. Middle schools are targeted because that is where students begin music training in public schools.
Studies have shown that music learning and practice also benefit many mental and behavioral processes, including cognitive development, language learning, reading ability, creativity, motor skills, and personal and social adjustment.
Improved school progress added to the joy of becoming an accomplished musician who can perform with either the band or the orchestra at school and the development of a lifelong skill equals a win/win situation.
It is the hope of the Music for Minors Foundation, Inc. that someday every single qualified child in Collier and Lee Counties who wants to learn to play an instrument will receive one from the Foundation.
Students who stay in the music program into High School and become proficient will receive a certificate of ownership for the instrument.
Golisano Children's Hospital of Southwest Florida
Music Therapy Program
Golisano Children's Hospital of SWFlorida
Golisano Children's Hospital of Southwest Florida is a state-of-the-art, family-centered, full-service "hospital-within-a-hospital." Currently located at HealthPark Medical Center, plans are under way to build a stand-alone facility dedicated to the unique health care needs of children.