April 4, 2012
State group to raise money for musical instruments

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- West Virginia first lady Joanne Tomblin will be among the speakers at an upcoming fundraiser aimed at putting more musical instruments in schools.

The Friends of West Virginia Culture and History will hold a luncheon April 26 at the Charleston Marriott pavilion to support the "VH1 Save The Music" Foundation.

Last year 11 West Virginia schools each received $30,000 worth of new instruments from the nonprofit foundation. Funds raised by this month's luncheon will be matched by the foundation.

Save The Music has provided $48 million in new musical equipment and helped programs in 1,800 schools nationwide since 1997. To be eligible, schools must have an instrumental music teacher and provide music instruction.

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