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Service Through Music Benefit Raises Money For Seguin Nursing Home

April 17, 2016

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This month, Service Through Music (STM)—an organization seeking to enrich the lives of others by incorporating musical performances and music technology into local nursing homes—raised more than $1,000 for Windsor Nursing Home.

Through STM's previous fundraising efforts, it has been able to partner with Guadalupe Valley Nursing Home in Seguin to equip their residents with 20 iPods, headphones, chargers, and iTunes gift cards through the new Seguin/TLU branch of Dan Cohen’s Music & Memory program. Each resident of the memory unit, which focuses on patients with Alzheimer’s and dementia, has his or her own iPod and a playlist of music featuring their personal favorites. This way, they can listen to music year-round without waiting for an outside group to come perform.

STM President Christina Nutting said that although the event is over, their efforts are ongoing as they hope to spread the program to even more locations in Seguin.

“These recent donations will be used to get Windsor Nursing Home Music and Memory certified so that we can continue to spread the Music and Memory program throughout Seguin,” Nutting, an elementary education major, said. “We already have the program at Guadalupe Nursing Home and we hope to continue funding that one as well.

Nutting said having support from the TLU and local community at the benefit was absolutely amazing.

“To know there are so many people who support our efforts is incredibly gratifying,” she said. “Everyone has more than likely been effected by Alzheimer's or dementia in some way, and to be able to unite together and use the power of music to help those patients is truly inspiring.”

Pictured: Service Through Music Students Abigail Taylor, Liz Bosse, Alex Toensing, Melissa Anderson, Kennedy Dankert, Andrea Rogan, Andrea Moreno, Kate Widdowson, Allie Wittman, Christina Nutting, and Adrian Esquivel.