A local group that donates four times a year to local charities selected a music education partnership between two schools and the Red Deer Symphony Orchestra as its first recipient of 2016.
Earlier this week, 100 Men Red Deer gave Sistema, a joint program between Red Deer Public Schools and the orchestra, a commitment of $10,000.
The program encourages professional musicians to partner in music education for children. The funds will be used to buy instruments for G.H. Dawe and Normandeau Schools. RDSO will provide musicians to teach students in class and extra-curricular programs.
100 Men Red Deer is a group of men that agree to each donate $100 each time to four different charities. The charities are nominated by the members of the group, and then narrowed down to a few who share what they do in one evening event. At that event 100 Men members vote on where the collective donation should go.
There were two other groups considered — the Red Deer and District Community Foundation and Central Alberta Pregnancy Care Centre. While they did not receive funds, they were able to raise awareness about their work in the community.
Jeff Rock, president of 100 Men Red Deer said the remaining three donation meetings this year are June 6, Sept. 12 and Dec. 5, all starting at 6:30 p.m. at The International Beer Haus in Red Deer.