The Fundraising Page of Carol Banford

Carol Banford

A Message From Carol Banford

Dear friends and family, As you know I am a board member with local nonprofit Rock to the Future. Rock to the Future provides underserved Philadelphia kids with free contemporary music education. Students at RTTF see incredible positive change including improved grades, behavior, and musical ability. Many youth in Philadelphia do not have the opportunity to learn music due to budget cuts, so please support this vital program! Please give what you can - $10, $25, $50... - to give the opportunity to rock in music and life back to Philadelphia youth. I particularly like the "gift of music certificates" which can be included in your holiday cards or given as a meaningful gift . It is critically important to help this year because Rock to the Future is one of the organizations which has received NO state grants because of this budget impasse.

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!