The 5th Annual Monsoon Fest was celebrated successfully once again at Wisdom’s Café on Sept. 6. It’s sponsored each year by Wisdom’s Café and Santa Cruz County Young Audiences (SCCYA).
The purpose of this celebration is not only to share and spread the love for music, but to raise funds that will help finance music programs in the community and support the activities of SCCYA. Ultimately, I would say… it is to keep the music playing!
Young Audiences is a non-profit organization whose mission is “to inspire young people and expand their learning through the arts,” as stated on Young Audiences’ website.
This event is always the perfect opportunity to share with neighbors and friends, support a good cause and be touched by the talent and enthusiasm of musicians who chose to participate.
This year the fest involved the participation of 13 different groups and individuals from many part of Arizona; Phoenix, Mesa, Tucson, Tubac, Rio Rico, Bisbee and Nogales.
The level of experience of the musicians who participated ranged from beginners to highly experienced and they all volunteered their time to perform. Celeste Wisdom, organizer, recognized their effort and said: “I would also like to convey to folks how much time and money and energy goes into the musicians’ performances who travel from all over Arizona to participate for free because they were once children who needed a helping hand to learn to be a musician! The effect of music on all of our lives can never be underestimated. It is a powerful force that can inspire us to sing, dance or weep with the first few bars of music heard.”
The Monsoon Fest raised approximately $1,400, said Jeannie Perez, director of SCCYA. These funds will be divided with 50 percent to SCCYA and the remaining into three different groups, Montessori de Santa Cruz, Mountain View Elementary Choir and Pena Blanca Elementary Folklorico dancers, explained Wisdom.
Wisdom also expressed an enormous amount of gratitude to all the volunteers, especially her brother, Chris Martin, who “spends countless hours practicing with his band and encouraging the youth groups as well as handling the sound system for us.”
At the same time Perez recognized the work that Wisdom and her family do to make this event possible:
“Young Audiences has had the pleasure to partner with Celeste, Chris and the whole Wisdom/Martin family now for our third year! The commitment that they have toward music and the arts overall is truly admirable. Our Santa Cruz County students do not have the opportunities that children in larger metropolitan areas do. The support that Celeste and the Wisdoms have extended our mission is extremely admirable and pertinent in funding these sorts of events for our kids and the entire community!”
Support and donations can continuously be offered to the SCCYA by calling (520) 397-7914 or send your tax deductible contribution to P.O. Box 1571, Nogales, AZ 85628.