JordanARTS Surpasses Fundraising Goal With Warner Bros. Grant

By On March 4, 2015

The David Starr Jordan Middle School community celebrated surpassing the $100,000 auditorium renovation fundraising goal on Monday, March 2. Principal Stacy Cashman thanked Burbank businesses, parents, local supporters and the JordanARTS committee for their donations and efforts to raise $112,465 so far.

“When we began this endeavor in August, I could not have imagined the overwhelming support from the community,” Cashman said. “Staff, students, families, alumni, business partners and community supporters demonstrated their dedication to Jordan.”

Jordan ARTS committee members joined together to accept the matching $10,000 donation from Warner Bros Monday afternoon. Pictured Suzanne Weerts, Gema Sanchez, Lisa Rawlins, Stacy Cashman, Dr. John Paramo and Sharon Cuseo. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Jordan ARTS committee members joined together to accept the matching $10,000 donation from Warner Bros Monday afternoon. Pictured Suzanne Weerts, Gema Sanchez, Lisa Rawlins, Stacy Cashman, Dr. John Paramo and Sharon Cuseo. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

“While the total dollar amount raised is a testament to the JordanARTS team and all our supporters, it was the teamwork and cooperation of the volunteers who were involved that makes me most proud.”

JordanARTS, a parent-led booster group taking its name from the Jordan Auditorium Renovation Tribute Show, launched into action in the fall of 2014, with an online auction. They coordinated efforts by school music teachers and alumni to put together the tribute show to raise funds for the project.

Jordan ARTS committee members joined together to accept the matching $10,000 donation from Warner Bros. Monday afternoon. Pictured Gema Sanchez, Lisa Rawlins, Stacy Cashman and Suzanne Weerts. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Jordan ARTS committee members joined together to accept the matching $10,000 donation from Warner Bros. Monday afternoon. Pictured Gema Sanchez, Lisa Rawlins, Stacy Cashman and Suzanne Weerts. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

“Jordan is grateful to Warner Bros. for their generous Challenge Grant,” commented Suzanne Weerts, JordanARTS member and event co-chair. “Without them, we would not have been able to reach our goal.”

“The challenge they issued not only helped us bring in $10,000 in our on-line matching campaign, it also inspired additional donors to contribute cash donations directly to the school and expanded our outreach to friends and relatives across the country.”

“Through the Support Burbank Schools website and the ability to donate on-line, Jordan was able to raise  much more money than we would have through traditional fundraising methods,” she added. “We were fortunate to be the first Burbank school to utilize the Support Burbank Schools website and we hope other schools are inspired by our success.”

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

“Warner Bros. is proud of Jordan Middle School for successfully meeting our challenge of increasing support for their auditorium renovation through online donations,” said Lisa Rawlins, Senior Vice President of Public Affairs for Warner Bros.

“Engaging the community – parents, neighbors and local businesses – has become  essential in meeting the needs of students in Burbank schools,” she added. “We are pleased to be a part of the Support Burbank Schools campaign.”

“I think it is clear that the time so many people in our community spent at Jordan Middle School had an impact on their lives,” said Weerts. “Whether as a student, a staff member or a parent of a former student, people really wanted to play a part in this this project, give back to this school and support Jordan’s music programs.”

“The JordanARTS show itself was a testament to the value of music education in the lives of our children,” she also said. ” So many former students came back to perform because they continue to appreciate the gift of music that Chris DeMore and John Whitener have brought to their lives.”

"Wondrous Charm," written by Jordan Middle School students, with art by Jordan student Zachary Hagen-Smith, is available on iTunes now.

“Wondrous Charm,” written by Jordan Middle School students, with art by Jordan student Zachary Hagen-Smith, is available on iTunes now.

A song written and performed by Jordan students Trenton Rogers, Hailey Myers, Nathaniel Semsen, Yoni Fogelman, Craig Shippey and Reagan Shippey, via the Song Squared project headed by Burbank resident Dave Christensen, has been released on iTunes.

Funds raised from the purchase of the song, “Wondrous Charm,” will go towards the auditorium renovation fund as well.

Jordan student Zachary Hagen-Smith created the cover art. The song can be found here on iTunes and costs $.99 per download.

Cashman explained the next steps in the Jordan auditorium renovation project.

“We are gathering bids and coordinating with the district. Since there is significant bond work being done at Jordan this summer, we are still working on prioritizing tasks and determining when we can begin work,” she said. “While we are eager to begin the work, we also want to take enough time to plan the renovation with consideration.”

More information on the JordanARTS organization and the auditorium renovation project can be found on their website.