Community mini-golfs for music
Residents came out to support music on Friday night at the FORM mini-golf fundraiser at Kool Kone.
FORM, or Friends of Old Rochester Music, is a 30-year-old volunteer organization that raises funds for the music programs at the junior high and high school.
“We’re a small but mighty group,” FORM president Christine Parker said. “We work together to raise funds to provide resources to enhance the program.”
The group donates funds for things such as expenses for trips to music festivals or new instruments.
“A couple years ago we bought new ukeleles after students expressed interest,” Parker said. “We provide additional programatic support but we’re not the go-to for budgetary purposes.”
In addition to a general fund to enhance the programs, FORM also has a scholarship fund for students who are headed to college.
“Last year we gave out almost $10,000 to 18 students,” Parker said. “Students had to have participated in the music program for a minimum of two years, and the more involved a student was the more scholarship money they’re awarded.”
The mini-golf fundraiser money went to the general fund to support programs. It was the first time doing this particular event, where people could show up to mini-golf, enjoy some chowder and raise money for music.
“It was suggested by a parent, and then the owner of Kool Kone generously offered to let us use the mini-golf course for free,” Parker said. “All the proceeds go directly to FORM.”