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A&W helps fund middle school jazz band with annual concert fundraiser this Saturday on Mooney Blvd.

A&W helps fund middle school jazz band with annual concert fundraiser this Saturday on Mooney Blvd.

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VISALIA – Business getting involved in schools is a great thing that helps young students thrive. And now A&W is welcoming the Visalia community out to their fundraiser. The well known burger joint will have all five Visalia middle school jazz bands participate in the annual concert in the parking lot of the Mooney Boulevard A&W restaurant on Saturday, Oct. 7.

The concert at 2611 S. Mooney Blvd. begins at 6 p.m. and will feature each jazz band performing for 20 to 30 minutes, along with hot rods at the A&W Cruise Night.

“For about 20 years we have been doing a fundraiser we call Music Money to support our middle school music programs and to honor my dad,” explained Craig Van Horn, owner of eight A & W restaurants in the South Valley. “We discovered that middle schools have a tough time with fundraising because they’re only at the school for two years and there isn’t the same type of parent and community support system set up as there is at the high schools.”

Music Money is scrip that is sold for $1, with 85 cents going to the school. Scrip sales will begin on Monday, Oct. 9. The parking lot concert grew out of the scrip sales as a way to draw greater attention to the middle school jazz bands, Van Horn added.

Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs. For information, call A&W at 733-4445.

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