Brigade Boys & Girls Club
The large grant recipient of 2017 , the Brigade Boys and Girls Club received $50,500 for a music fundamentals and percussion program. They have used the funds to purchase percussion instruments (such as rhythm sticks, drums and tambourines) as well as a set of Ukuleles, to supplement gifts of guitars, pianos and keyboards from other donors.
The funds also went to the hiring of two professional musicians and dancers who worked with the Club staff in developing the music program. One of them, Ian, who was a top 20 contestant on the television show "The Voice", leads voice and rhythm classes, provides individual guitar and piano lessons, and serves as a mentor to Club members. The other, Tiffany, compliments Ian's expertise by teaching dance, rhythm and mime to Club members. Because of WIN's investment, Club members have had the opportunity to perform in front of audiences at the MLK parade, Azalea Festival, Brigade's Breakfast at the Kids Table, and other church/community events. Last year 171 children participated in the music program, and music programming continues to be a mainstay program at the Brigade Boys & Girls Club