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Donation sounds sweet to Webutuck

WEBUTUCK — It’s a little confusing, but here’s how two new bass guitars and an amplifier found a home at Webutuck Central School District.

First, a concert was held at Sanford Kaplan’s Millerton farm last October. Proceeds from the show, which was organized by Mike Rooney, were donated to the Rex Foundation, a not-for-profit organization associated with The Grateful Dead.

The Rex Foundation then donated the $1,000 to the Gerry Cook Memorial Fund, which was established in memory of a local musician who died five years ago. Judy Westfall, Cook’s sister, is on the fund’s committee and is an employee at Webutuck and orchestrated the donation.

The Gerry Cook Memorial Fund used a majority of the donation to purchase two Squier “Jazz-pickup” bass guitars and a 15-watt amplifier for use in Webutuck High School’s jazz band and jazz choir, as well as in general music classes at the high school and at Eugene Brooks Intermediate School.

“It’s a great opportunity,” said Nancy Gagne, the school’s band director, who said the school was very thankful for the donation.

In a previous Millerton News article, Rooney had thanked rock group Moonalice, the headlining act at last year’s concert, for donating the band’s fee to ensure funding went to the memorial fund.

The Gerry Cook Memorial Fund has donated several instruments to Webutuck in the past, including five ukuleles for the elementary school program.

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