Clef Notes Chicagoland Journal for the Arts
Rock for Kids (RFK) recently announced its 25th Annual Rock & Roll Charity Auction, which took place on November 9 at Park West Theater, raised $220,000 for its music education programs. Funds will help the Chicago-based not-for-profit organization continue to provide comprehensive choral music education during school time at Chicago Public Schools located in impoverished neighborhoods. It is estimated that this year’s auction will benefit more than 5,000 students in over 20 schools around Chicago. “This year’s auction was bigger and better than ever, thanks to all who attended and helped plan the important night,” said Maria Mowbray, executive director for the non-profit. “After 25 years, the Rock & Roll Auction continues to play a crucial role in helping us fulfill our mission to spark creativity and passion while enriching young lives through music.” Hot-ticket items from the event included 19 experience packages auctioned off for the first time, including a 93XRT Private Studio Performance Pass, a once-in-a-lifetime trip to the 2014 Grammy Awards and exclusive Metro Party Package. Rare signed items were also popular with bidders, including a B.B. King autographed guitar and a signed James Bond poster. RFK supporters, like Joe Shanahan, founder and owner of Metro Chicago, donated auction items and experience packages. "As someone who has spent my career in music, I know how important music is to building a well-rounded education. Metro is pleased to give back to future generations of musicians and music fans through our support of Rock for Kids,” said Shanahan. Auction attendees had the opportunity to see the music program in action at the event. Rock for Kids students from Kellman Elementary performed on the Park West Theater stage in front of a crowd of nearly 400, many of whom are influential in Chicago’s legendary music scene. Rock For Kids provides a unique curriculum that gives each student the opportunity to learn to sing as a collaborative group, to read and write music, to identify and discuss a wide variety of historically important world music and to see themselves as creative beings. For more information, visit www.rockforkids.org.