The Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation

Cora Kelly Elementary School Band and Orchestra

Cora Kelly Elementary School in Alexandria, VA needs support for their band and orchestra programs.
raised of US$5,150 target
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With generous and transformative support from Eddie Van Halen over the years and now continuing through his son Wolfgang, The Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation is pleased to announce that the Van Halen Family has committed to kickstarting the Adopt A School campaign with a generous $1,000 donation towards each of the first 100 participating schools.

The Cora Kelly Elementary School band and orchestra programs need your help! Violins, percussion kits, clarinets and trumpets are needed to allow additional students to enroll in the program, eliminate instrument sharing, and eliminate borrowing from other sources.

“We are so incredibly grateful to be chosen for MHOF's Adopt a School campaign! Cora Kelly Cougars LOVE to make music, and take such pride in playing an instrument! My favorite part of the year is when our students open their cases for the first time - the excitement and joy on their faces is priceless. With 75% of our students qualifying for free and reduced lunch services, band and orchestra students rely on free, school-owned instrument rentals. I can't imagine what their faces will look like, when everyone has the opportunity to perform on a high-quality instrument! Thank you all for your support!" - Laura Torchia, Instrumental Music Teacher

Schools participating in the Adopt A School campaign are qualified through MHOF’s vetting and eligibility process, giving donors confidence that their investment is protected and sustainable, impacting students for a minimum of 10 years (the lifespan of an instrument in a school setting.) Donations made to this school’s fundraising campaign go directly to The Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation (MHOF). MHOF then purchases the specific instruments the school is in need of at a substantially discounted price and the instruments deliver directly to the school.

Donate today and help these students foster their love of music!

To spread the word on social media or link to this page in your own fundraising efforts, use the links below! And to learn more about The Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation's Adopt A School campaign, visit or contact MHOF at or 818-762-4328.

[5% of donations are retained for JustGiving’s required service fee, MHOF retains an additional 5% to cover administrative costs associated with school vetting and granting of instruments.]

About the charity

The Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation keeps music alive in our schools by donating musical instruments to under-funded music programs, and vital support services to school districts nationwide, giving economically-disadvantaged youth access to the many benefits of music education.

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