In the past three years, the Tegeler Music Benefit concert committee has donated the proceeds from the two-day music event to nationally recognized organizations including the
This year, the group decided it would keep the fundraising efforts local, choosing the
"When we started this whole thing the idea was to raise money for a non-profit organization and the second mission is to support local musicians," Tegeler said. "When I became involved with the
The money raised at this year's benefit concert, which will take place from
When that announcement came, Eagle Heights Elementary Fine Arts teacher
Not long after, Tegeler joined the cause and realized the full capacity of what raising money for the auditorium would take.
"It's a daunting task to fundraise for this auditorium," Tegeler said. "But once we lose
Because the CFAA was created and is putting forth the effort, the district has kept the auditorium in its original design and offered a location on the
But the auditorium won't just be for
While the money raised at the benefit concert will go to funding the auditorium, Tegeler said the support of the CFAA is more than that.
In creating the concert, he wanted to give local musicians the opportunity to perform on a level they may never have gotten the chance to do. Tegeler pulls out all the stops during the benefit concert, offering professional sound and lighting equipment. He even records the entire set for the bands to use as promotional tools in the future.
"If our kids don't have the encouragement to stay involved with the arts that's a tragedy. It's a big part of brain development for kids," Tegeler said. "Even though the motivation for this year's beneficiary was the auditorium, it was really more about supporting the arts in this community."
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