WEST CHAZY - The Beekmantown Music Alliance has found a new way to help kids continue on their path in the world of music.
The group is selling raffle tickets for a Taylor Baby guitar and Marshall amplifier courtesy of Dick's Country Store and Music Oasis in Churubusco. Beekmantown Elementary School band director Susan Nystoriak said the equipment was secured by Tony LeClair, who works at the music shop and serves as president of the Beekmantown Music Alliance. The raffle is a first-time venture for the group, she added.
"We were really excited to be able to get the donation through them. This is quality, top-notch equipment," said Nystoriak, who is also a member of the group. "It's great because we're always looking for new ways to raise money for scholarships, equipment, and things like that."
The proceeds from the raffle will help the Beekmantown Music Alliance Scholarship Fund, which helps students attend summer music lessons and attend Crane Youth Music, a summer music camp hosted at the State University of New York at Potsdam's Crane School of Music.
"It's a great opportunity for kids," said Nystoriak. "[The fund] also helps graduating seniors with scholarships to pursue music in college. That always depends on how much money we have and how many applicants there are."
The scholarships are something Nystoriak and the rest of the Beekmantown Music Alliance hope will keep youths interested in music and something she said personally makes her feel good.
"It's a chance for us to give back to those who have done so much for our program," she said.
Raffle tickets are being sold for $1 each or an arm's length for $5. The tickets will be available at the Beekmantown High School holiday concert, held at the high school this Tuesday, Dec. 22, beginning at 7 p.m. The drawing will be held during the concert.
Tickets are also available prior to the concert by contacting high school band director Mike Nystoriak at 563-8787, ext. 7728.