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May 18, 2018
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

Suncoast Credit Union awards $10,000 grant to The Music Foundation of Southwest Florida

The Music Foundation of Southwest Florida has announced that it has been awarded a $10,000 grant by the Suncoast Federal Credit Union. The grant makes it possible for the nonprofit to replace worn out instruments that have served approximately 4,000 students per year for several years through the Fifth Grade Travelling Instrument Program.

For over twenty-five years The Music Foundation of SW Florida has been sending sets of musical instruments to fifth graders in the Lee County Public School elementary schools. Through this program, students are able to have hands-on introductory experiences with band and orchestra instruments under the direction of their music teachers. The purpose of this experience is to build interest and motivation for students to be part of a band or orchestra in middle school and perhaps develop a life-long interest in playing.

In addition to the Fifth Grade Travelling Instrument Program, The Music Foundation of Southwest Florida has brought music programs to the young people of Southwest Florida through programs such as the Double Reed Festival, Summer Music Camps and various scholarships and grants. Each year the Music Festival awards approximately $10,000 to $15,000 to deserving music students from Southwest Florida.

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Callaghan named assistant vice president at FSW

Keith Callaghan has been named the assistant vice president for Economic Development and External Affairs for Florida SouthWestern State College.

In his role, Callaghan will be responsible for community outreach and economic development efforts for the college, with a focus on Charlotte County. Prior to joining FSW, he was the community liaison for Lee Health Foundation and Golisano Children's Hospital. His Florida career also includes development director positions with Edison State College (now FSW), Florida Gulf Coast University, and the Conservancy of Southwest Florida.

Annually serving nearly 22,000 students globally, FSW offers a variety of nationally-ranked, career-focused academic programs with two- and four-year degrees, and professional certifications. Students are also active in clubs and programs catered to their interests. FSW debuted its intercollegiate athletics program in the fall 2015. Visit for more information.



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