Swinging for Scholarships golf outing raises more than $6,700 for music scholarships

July 29, 2013

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PLATTEVILLE, Wis. — The University of Wisconsin-Platteville Department of Performing and Visual Arts faculty raised $6,782 for music scholarships at its Swinging for Scholarships golf outing and social held at the Platteville Golf and Country Club. The scholarships will be awarded to incoming and current students who are majoring or minoring in music.

Forty-eight people attended, including UW-Platteville alumni, faculty and staff as well as community members. The event was open to everyone and included golf, lunch, games, prizes, entertainment and a silent auction for tickets to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

Two live music performances were a highlight of the event, including a pep band performance featuring current UW-Platteville faculty, students and alumni as well as a jazz performance by Ken Kilian’s Swingtet.

“Playing golf was a big part of the day, but everyone who attended the event really enjoyed the music – it was fantastic,” said Dr. Barry Ellis, director of bands at UW-Platteville. “Most of the attendees thought that the music was one of the best parts of the day because it was such a unique feature to include in a golf outing. The music made the golf outing very special.”

“I loved the event and can’t wait for the next one,” said Allen Cordingley, professor of saxophone/jazz studies at UW-Platteville. “The live music was excellent and I hope that we can include even more groups next year. I also enjoyed how everyone was so happy to be there in support of our department’s efforts to raise scholarship money for students. Even though we may not know how many scholarships this will create each year, we know that it is a giant step in the right direction. Once we are able to offer larger scholarships, we will start augmenting the talent level of our students. This is really exciting.”

Getting together with friends was also a benefit of attending the event. “Based on the responses I received from alumni who attended, it was a great success,” said Monte Muller, retired UW-Platteville alumnus who served as band director in the Wisconsin public school system for 36 years, most of them at Lancaster community schools. “Highlights seemed to have been the live music element and just getting together with old friends. Many people thought sponsoring a hole in the memory of Tom Richards, a former UW-Platteville faculty member, was a good idea. We appreciate everything the Platteville Country Club did to help with this event. Overall, it was a great day. Everyone I talked with would like it to continue and hopefully grow.”

The following area businesses, groups and individuals sponsored a hole at the event by donating between $250 and $300: Physical Therapy Specialists, Walker’s Clothing and Shoes, Chip Magnet, Blue Note, Busch Music, Grumpy Troll, Steve’s Pizza Palace, UW-Platteville Foundation, UW-Platteville College of Liberal Arts and Education, and UW-Platteville music faculty members.

The following area businesses and individuals also helped sponsor the event: West Music, Burl Lane, Paul Baker and Bernie Powers. In addition, former students of Tom Richards made a $300 gift in his memory and Barry Ellis and Sheila Pugh made a $250 gift in memory of their family members Dan and Keith Ellis.

Next year’s “Swinging for Scholarships” golf outing and social will be held June 13, 2014. 

Contact: Barry Ellis, (608) 342-1017, ellisb@uwplatt.edu

Written by: Laurie Hamer, College of Liberal Arts and Education, (608) 342-6191, hamerl@uwplatt.edu

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