Fundraiser assists special-needs musicians

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As special-needs kids age into adulthood, they often incur additional expenses associated with their health and can’t afford music sessions they want to take as a form of therapy.

Crissy Oravits, owner of Music and More in Wilson, has a big problem with that. To help older special-needs individuals, Oravits and her studio session band, Unmuted, are holding a fundraiser on Aug. 25 from 7 to 9 p.m. at 217 Brew Works, 217 South St.

“Money from this fundraiser will provide individuals 18 years old and up with funds to help pay for lessons, instruments and therapeutic music devices,” Oravits said. “Without these funds, they wouldn’t be able to afford lessons.”

Admission to the Special Needs Music Kids Fundraiser is free, but donations of any amount will be accepted. There will also be a cash-only silent auction including donated items of artwork, gift baskets and Oravits’ own hand-painted mailboxes. Oravits’ band will entertain attendees with R&B, soul, funk and rock music.

Oravits developed her own program for teaching special needs kids and adults nearly 18 years ago, starting her business in Wayne County and then moving to downtown Wilson.

“Our lessons help them in ways that they enjoy music, and it’s therapeutic at the same time,” Oravits said. “Lessons are catered individually to each student’s needs. We give the kids a choice of what they want to do, and that’s exciting to them because often they are not used to having choices.

“They get to pick what instrument they want to play first and how they want to learn,” she continued. “For example, one option is a color-coded system of learning.”

The Aug. 25 fundraiser at 217 Brew Works is a kick-off for another larger fundraiser to be held in October, Oravits said.

The Not So Scary Halloween Concert fundraiser will be held Oct. 27 at Fike High School from 5 to 7 p.m. Sponsored by the Music Kids Foundation, the fundraiser features a concert by Oravits’ large show band, The Newtones Band, and performances by Music Kids students.

For more information about the Music Kids Music Program and the upcoming fundraisers, call Oravits at Music and More at 919-631-5980.