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(From left, top row) Iris Beatty (studio owner), Alex Citardi (representing Syria), Amy Vaughan (representing Somalia), Preston Jong (representing South Sudan); (Bottom row, from left) Adeline Lee (Japan), Mattie Brau (Puerto Rico), Ella Lee (Russia), Reem Kazzaz (Yemen), Bella Vogiatzis (El Salvador).
On Sunday, April 29, Beatty’s Music Works, a local Bellaire-area piano studio, hosted their fifth annual Save the Children Piano Fundraiser. Students planned the entire event, including sending invitations, choosing a country to represent, researching their country and setting up the studio for the benefit and the following reception. The effort was led by juniors Mattie Brau, Carnegie Vanguard High School, and Amy Vaughan, The High School for Performing and Visual Arts.
The fundraiser began with a speech by Iris Beatty (the owner of the studio) consisting of “sobering statistics,” truly heartbreaking facts. Eight selected piano students from schools around Houston then gave short presentations about the children in their chosen countries. The program ended with performances dedicated to chosen countries including scores such as “The Pineapple Rag” by Scott Joplin and “Ojos Criollos” by Louis Moreau Gottschalk.
Save the Children is an international, non-governmental organization working in over 120 countries including the U.S. and helping over 157 million children. They advocate children's rights, provide relief and help support children in developing countries. Hitting close to home, in the past year 1.4 million children had to start school late due to Harvey, Save the Children gave immediate responses such as essential products distribution and early education restoration and now offers ongoing mental and recovery responses.
The students of Beatty’s Music Works helped raise over 12,000 dollars over the past five years to help make children's lives better in countries around the world. You can help them raise more for Save the Children. To donate email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.