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Donor steps up with $15,000 for instruments

Check presentation ceremony
at the School District.

By Fermin Leal, 2012-01-20
ANAHEIM A retired real estate developer has donated $15,000 to Sycamore Junior High to help replace the theft of 20 band instruments.

Pat Young, a resident of Fullerton, gave the money to the campus on Thursday through his newly formed Mae Rose Young Foundation, named after his wife who passed away last year.

PHOTO: Sycamore Junior High students, staff, Anaheim Union trustees and members of the Mae Rose Young Foundation gather at the Anaheim campus Thursday for a presentation of a $15,000 check to help replace stolen band instruments.

Young, 81, said he wanted to give the Anaheim campus the money in honor of his wife, an avid music lover.
"She had two great loves, helping young people and music," Young said. "When I saw that this school had their music instruments stolen, I knew my wife would have wanted me to help them out."

Over the winter break, thieves broke into the music room at Sycamore and took $25,000 worth of band instruments. The more than 20 stolen items include tubas, baritones, trumpets, saxophones and drums. The theft has left the campus without any instruments for music classes and for the afterschool the band program.

Parents at the campus, with a 91 percent poverty rate, relied heavily on the school to provide all music equipment to students.
"Thanks to the donation, we will be able to get the band back up to full strength in a relatively short amount of time," Principal Joe Carmona said.

The school has also received about $1,000 in funds from other donors in the community. People have also donated seven new and used instruments. Additionally, the school is working with the House of Blues in Anaheim to organize fundraisers for the campus.

"The generosity from the community has been so amazing," Carmona said. "I was optimistic we might get a few funds after the theft, but I didn't anticipate all this support."
Contact the writer: 714-704-3773 or fleal@ocregister.com

Sycamore band members will perform at the Gospel Brunch at the House of Blues on Sunday, January 29th.

The brunch starts at 11:00 a.m. and the students will be performing at about 11:30 a.m. Part of the proceeds from tickets sales will benefit the band. Information: 714-520-2360.

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