Friday, September 27, 2019

The Inaugural RAA Artist Scholarship Fundraiser was a success

By Mary Therese Duffy

September 7 was a cold and blustery day, but fans were undaunted, as were a host of wonderful musicians who turned out to ensure the success Raymond Arts Alliance seeking to create a scholarship for David and Deven Young while also seeding a fund for aspiring artists.  Many thank you’s go out to The Disclaimers, Dos Conosos, The Interstate Kings, as well as guest artist, Jani Cummings.  It was a pleasure to hear each of them. Classic Rock, Latin Jazz, outstanding originals and The Kings bringing down the house with a rockin’ encore kept the audience enthusiastic and well warmed!
Many, many thanks go to the Raymond residents who generously donated the use of their grounds,  
absolutely perfect for the occasion; and to Phil Hammett of Sweet Abyss music for the unexpected donation of his original CD’s to the raffle. The Raymond Arts Alliance is delighted to say we have collected enough money to seed the Artist Scholarship Fund as well as provide a generous donation to David and Deven for their transition to Nashville. Raymond has loved and enjoyed these wonderful homeboys for many years, and the RAA thanks you for showing up, letting them know it and sending them off with extra cushioning to support their careers as working musicians!

If you missed the opportunity on the 7th and still want to donate, you absolutely still can!  Simply send your check made out to the Raymond Arts Alliance or leave a donation designated for the fund at the Raymond Village Library.  We are happy to send you a receipt if requested.

Know that the RAA is still working out the many particulars of the scholarship application process, however, aspiring Raymond artists of any form: literary, music, fine, performing, etc., are encouraged to apply.  We cannot thank the community enough, for the very vital role it played in making this vision a reality. We are all wishing David and Deven every success in their new venture!

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