Cope-a-Palooza Raises Over $1,000 for VH1?s Save the Music Foundation

April 05, 2010

This weekend's Cope-a-Palooza, sponsored by Mount Union College's honorary music fraternity Mu Phi Epsilon, raised over $1,000 for VH1's Save the Music Foundation, and donations are still coming in.

Cope-a-Palooza featured three bands ' Big Andy and the V-Funks, a group of Mount Union students featuring senior Andy Morales from Mentor, junior Michael Vince from Wintersville, sophomore Thomas Tully from Lynx and senior Tarion Young from Alliance; Lauren Dragon, a professional musician from New York City and her band; and Fontaine, a group of students from Alliance High School.

'This fundraiser is the first one of its kind to be on the Mount Union campus,' said Larissa Kramer, a senior music education major and president of Mu Phi Epsilon. 'It brings one aspect that every member in Mu Phi has in common ' a passion for music.'

In addition to live music, Mu Phi Epsilon provided free food and raffles featuring great prizes from many Alliance businesses.

'I and the other members of the Department of Music faculty are very proud of what the Mu Phi Epsilon students accomplished with this event,' said Dr. James Perone, professor of music and chair of the Department of Music at Mount Union. 'VH1's Save the Music Foundation is such an important cause in these days of school budget cuts in the arts. Our students really stepped up to the plate and hit a home run!'

VH1's Save the Music Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of education in America's public schools by restoring music programs in cities across the country, and raising public awareness about the importance of music participation for our nation's youth. The foundation purchases new musical instruments to restore music education programs that have been cut due to budget reductions in the past or to save programs at risk of elimination due to lack of instruments. The Foundation also conducts awareness campaigns, musical instrument drives and fundraising events.

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