Fort Wayne, IN (August 24, 2017)—Studies have long shown that learning an instrument promotes craftsmanship and creativity, teaches children about teamwork, builds confidence and self-esteem, relieves stress, and helps with memorization and math skills. Helping to instill that in their local community, Sweetwater founder and president Chuck Surack and his wife Lisa will donate $500,000 to the Fort Wayne Community Schools Foundation’s “b instrumental” program.
The couple also donated 100 band and orchestra instruments, which were presented at a recent media event at North Side High School in Fort Wayne, IN.
The “Chuck and Lisa Surack and Sweetwater Challenge” will match donations from the community and officially launches a $3 million fundraising campaign for the “b instrumental” program. Started two years ago, the program provides musical instruments free of charge to middle school students to use throughout high school, along with added instruction and other enrichment activities. A successful campaign raising $3 million will allow the foundation to purchase 4,000 to 5,000 instruments over 12 years, as well as cover refurbishing and repairs. The program will allow participation by students for whom purchasing or renting an instrument is not an option.
Surack noted said that many studies have shown that music students have higher grades and test scores, including SAT scores, better attendance, lower incidence of negative behavior, such as drug use, and have a higher rate of graduation, both in high school and college.