Stars visit Shrewsbury to benefit kids, music
Shrewsbury - Mark Schulman, a world-class drummer now touring with Pink, and Vivian Campbell, the guitarist for Def Leppard, will visit Shrewsbury Thursday Oct. 1 to raise money for two programs that bring music to children around the world and in Boston.
The motivational seminar, called “Find Your Rhythm,” will take place from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the Fallon House, 4 Prospect St., the home of Heather Logrippo and her family.
The event will benefit Zumix, a Boston-based nonprofit organization, and Create Now, a nonprofit organization in Los Angeles.
Zumix “provides top-quality cultural programming as an alternative way for young people to deal with frustration, anger and fear, and as a method of building cultural understanding and acceptance in one of Boston's most diverse neighborhoods,” according to the website www.zumix.org.
Create Now works with troubled youth who “learn to express themselves in a positive manner versus the destructive ways that they have in the past” through music and other creative arts, according to www.createnow.org.
Schulman developed “Find Your Rhythm,” a seminar that teaches participants to use music to help improve communication skills and personal attitudes. Those who come to the event will have a chance to learn how to play the drums and listen to Schulman and Campbell make music. It is an example of a program Create Now uses.
“The reason I’m doing this is my husband was an elementary music teacher for nine years,” but the district he was in began cutting music and art programs, Logrippo said. “It was apparent to me the importance of art and music.”
She sees the value of the creative arts for all children and especially for troubled children, Logrippo explained.
“These organizations help troubled youth through music,” she said. “The creative arts are really the way to help these kids.”
Schulman was the former chair of Create Now, will be in the area for a Pink concert, and has a day off during which he agreed to come Shrewsbury, Logrippo said; he also convinced Campbell, a friend of his, to come to the fund-raiser.
Tickets are $150, which includes cocktails, dinner and entertainment. Cocktails and dinner start at 6:30 p.m., with the program beginning at 7:30. For another $200 each, 10 people will be able to take spend time with the musicians in the home’s pub, a former speakeasy during Prohibition.
“I don’t think people realize what an outlet creative arts are for children,” Logrippo said. “If you take that away from them, they get into trouble.”
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