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Over $18,000 in Grants Presented to Local Schools

by: Lara Anderson
Posted: January 27, 2020


Huntington Beach High School's Instrumental Music/Academy of the Performing Arts Teacher, Greg Gilboe with Patty Reilly and Carol Ventura


HUNTINGTON BEACH...In addition to supporting music programs for children across Orange County through the Philharmonic Society of Orange County, the fundraising efforts throughout the year of the Huntington Harbour Philharmonic Committee (HHPC) also enables the organization to reinvest significant funds into community schools with annual musical education reinvestment grants.

HHPC encompasses of six volunteer groups under their umbrella, including a Seal Beach group. Their major fundraiser is the annual Cruise of Lights® event which takes people on narrated cruises around Huntington Harbour to view homes with elaborate holiday light displays. In October, the HHPC Holiday Boutique at the Huntington Harbour Mall is a very popular shopping extravaganza featuring over 30 booths with unique and handmade items. 

Carol Ventura, HHPC Parliamentarian/Music Reinvestment Chair along with HHPC Chair Patty Reilly presented checks totaling $18,900 to local school representatives at the Cruise of Lights® “Committees Night” dinner at the Huntington Harbour Yacht Club on December 17.

The funds will be used in all sorts of way to enrich music education; from purchasing instruments and sheet music, to a bucket drumming lunch program at Agnes Smith Elementary School, band programs, recorder programs, a new piano for Harbour View Elementary, audio, sound and lighting equipment, uniforms, music appreciation and even special needs programs. The dedicated teachers and administrators receiving grants are committed to keeping music alive in schools and are so grateful for the support.

Harbour View Elementary School Principal Joy Harris with Patty Reilly and Carol Ventura

Harbour View Elementary Principal Joy Harris accepted the grant and said, “Thank you so much for your investment and your love for the performing arts.” Huntington Beach High School Instrumental Music Teacher Greg Gilboe says they plan to use their grant to purchase much-needed new keyboards and said, “It means so much to me to see all the support.”

All the grant recipients

Every fall, school administrators are sent the single page grant application worksheet and asked to share it with their music instructors. To qualify for a grant, the music program must be described along with how the funds would be used. A panel of volunteers from the HHPC meets to read through all the grant applications and determine which applicants will receive funding and allocate the grant amounts based on the amount of money available that year.
The following schools received grants in varying amounts for their music programs:
Agnes Smith Elementary School
Ethel Dwyer Middle School
Harbour View Elementary School
The Hebrew Academy Orange County
Huntington Beach High School
J. H. McGaugh Elementary School
Liberty Christian School
Marine View Middle School
Marina High School
Mesa View Middle School
Ocean View High School
Seacliff Elementary School
Isaac L. Sowers Middle School
St. Bonaventure Catholic School
Westmont Elementary
The Youth Center, Los Alamitos

For more information about the Huntington Harbour Philharmonic Committee, The Philharmonic Society of Orange County, or to receive a 2020 Musical Reinvestment Grant application for your school, contact the HHPC office: 714-840-7542 or email Photos:HHPhilharmonic

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