This year we held our 29th annual Musicthon at Grant Park Shopping Center. Everything ran very smoothly as it was the second year in this venue. We appreciated the support of St. John’s Music as they set up a beautiful Yamaha grand piano for us under the skylight in the mall. David’s Tea generously offered complimentary tea at our table for the entire weekend, adding an extra warm and welcoming touch on a cold winter’s day! In the hustle and bustle of running errands and shopping many people stopped to watch and listen to the performances, donate money and also ask questions about our organization and how to find a registered teacher. 15 teachers, 12 volunteers and 116 students were involved in this event. The students enthusiastically performed and collected pledges from family and friends! Kudos to the two students who raised the top amounts: Ally Loyns $575 and Julia Whiteside $170! We did have a number of empty time slots which presented a challenge in keeping the music going. Since most of the funds raised come from the students’ sponsor sheets, we would like to encourage teachers to send even more students to this event next year! The total amount raised this year was $4329.90 The money raised will be divided amongst Margot Harding’s “Tinytunes” music daycare program and Joanne Diplock’s “Little Miracles Music and Play” as well as an “Emerging Artists” award at our upcoming 2019 Convention.