Music center for underprivileged children continues operation after burglary
10:46 PM EDT on Sunday, October 19, 2008
(WHAS11) -Windstorm 2008 brought out the best of Kentuckiana, but apparently it also brought out the worst.
The West Louisville Talent Education Center was burglarized during the power outage.
The center strives to use music as the vehicle to create Metro Louisville’s community leaders of tomorrow.
Violins, computers, and CD players, were all stolen from the center.
Sunday a fundraiser was held to replace the musical instruments.
Louisville Orchestra violinist Keith Cook founded the center 11 years ago to provide first rate instruction for little or no charge.
Cook is a hero to many budding musicians, and he’s not stopping despite burglars cleaning him out.
Cook says, “I was determined that no matter what happened I was going to do this…even if it had to come out of my own pocket, which I’ve had to do to start and operate this.”
Cook has taught violin to more than 200 kids from the Russell, Parkland, California, and Shawnee neighborhoods.
He says learning music helps in the students’ education.
Cook holds the position of first violin with the Louisville Orchestra, and Sunday his students and their parents had the chance to hear him play for a change.
To get involved in the West Louisville Talent Education Center, it is possible to sponsor a Student Scholarship for one year at the following levels:
Young Master- $375
Victory Violin- $300
Suzuki Strings- $200
To learn more about the center and scholarship levels, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Monday, October 20, 2008
Keith Cook Making a Difference with music
Louisville Orchestra violinist Keith Cook had a great feature on WHAS 11, he is making the most of a terrible incident :