I wanted to add two other charities that we are interested in to the list. Both of these charities are connected directly to my first college band director, James Arrowood, who recently passed away. Mr. Arrowood was one of the most quality people I have ever met, in addition to being a great conductor, musician, and educator. I have met very few people as honorable and loving as Mr. Arrowood, and he asked on his passing that rather than send flowers to his family, donations be made to the two charities below.
First, upon the retirement of Mr. Arrowood, the James Arrowood Music Service Award was set up by the Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Xi Omicron chapter at UW-Stevens Point. This scholarship is actually linked to an endowment that the chapter is working to fill which will generate a yearly $500 scholarship for a music student. When the endowment is full, it will last forever, no matter what happens to the chapter. Donationas can be made through the UWSP Department of Music.
The Southern Poverty Law Center is a non-profit that aims to fight white hate groups and is noted for its tolerance education programs. These people are doing some very difficult and meaningful work to combat destructive beliefs and practices right here in the U.S. This group also monitors the activity of white supremacist groups such as the Klu Klux Klan, which must be an extremely daunting and difficult task.
I hope people will consider giving to one of these two groups in memory of Mr. Arrowood.