The Fundraising Page of Francesca Gunning

Francesca Gunning

A Message From Francesca Gunning

Family and friends, I've been a board member for Rock to the Future for about two years now. It has not only been an incredible experience for me, but I've been able to witness the incredible power of music and its ability to transform the lives of children here in the city. Not only has Rock to the Future been able to help put kids on a steady path to college, but it is a daily refuge to many.

As many of you already know, Harrisburg has been unable to pass a budget. As a result, smaller nonprofits are suffering because funds are being held up. Unfortunately, Rock to the Future is impacted and facing a tough financial situation.

As we approach the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, I know we have a lot to be thankful for. The kids in the Rock to the Future program do too - they're thankful that they have a place where they can express themselves, get free music education, academic tutoring, and have a safe place to go after school. Until Harrisburg gets its act together, can we work together to ensure that Rock to the Future can continue to do these great things for the children they serve?

I've committed to help close the gap that's been created due to Harrisburg's inaction. If you can give anything - $10, $15, $20, $50 - anything that you're comfortable with - I'd be so appreciative. It will mean so much to me and give me that much more to be thankful for this Thanksgiving. Thank you!

Give the Gift of Music

About This Campaign

With your support over the years, Rock to the Future has grown from providing music education for 13 students in a single after school program to impacting over 350 Philadelphia youth annually through our MusiCore after school program, musical summer camp, and in-school MobileMusic workshops. Because of amazing supporters like you, we have been able to keep all of our programs 100% free for youth who generally wouldn’t have music education due to budget cuts and family financial circumstances. Together we are making a difference.

One of those students is recent MusiCore alum Destinee, who has been with Rock to the Future since our inaugural year. Like many students at RTTF, Destinee has faced many obstacles, such as bullying and family issues, that could have easily derailed her dreams of graduating high school and attending college. It is because of supporters like you that Rock to the Future was able to intervene with Destinee to keep her on track and help her realize her dreams. As staff helped send her off to Penn State York this August for her freshman year of college, Destinee declared, "I never thought I would make it this far."

For Destinee and students like her, the opportunity to learn to read, write, and perform music at Rock to the Future is life-changing. In addition to music education, students across all Rock to the Future programs receive access to a brighter future.

We are looking forward to even more success stories this year and are excited to be helping additional youth and families. But we need YOUR support to continue growing; we have dozens of students on our waiting lists.

Will you give the gift of music to an underserved student like Destinee by supporting Rock to the Future today? Your donation will put an instrument directly into the hands of a child who will use that creative outlet to grow in ways he or she couldn’t have imagined before. Thank you for your support!