Issue 12/Volume 6
December 1st, 2014
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Seasons Greetings!

News & Notes is the monthly newsletter from Note-Able Music Therapy Services. Here is your chance to catch up with the band, check out upcoming events, find out how music therapy is impacting our community and the world, and much more.  You can also keep up with us by checking out our website and following us on Facebook and Twitter.


December Message

Safety. It’s something that most of us take for granted, right? We take for granted that we are safe at home, at school, at work, and when we are out in our community. Unfortunately, many of the individuals we see at NMTS can’t take their safety for granted. Some have unstable home environments, some experience daily discrimination at work, and many are bullied at school. I think one of the things that makes NMTS so special is we strive to provide a safe and nurturing environment for everyone who comes through our doors.

I was talking to the dad of one of our teen participants last week. He was telling me that his son Joey (not his real name) is having a really tough time at school this year. He doesn’t have many friends, is having a hard time academically, and isn’t really excited about anything…except, as his dad said, “coming to Note-Ables every week.” Dad told me that coming here is the highlight of each week not only for Joey, but for him too. Why? Because at NMTS “…he gets to be his true self. It’s the only place, other than home, where he can relax, be himself, and shine. Joey is so happy when he is here, and it makes us so happy to see the pride and joy on his face when he is making music and having fun with his friends.” What a great compliment! However, I think that his comments really apply not just to our programs, but ultimately to the power of musical expression.

Can we cure the ills of the world through music and music therapy? Of course not. But we can hopefully counteract some of the negative outside influences by reminding our participants that there are safe, loving places in the world – and that they are worthy of being seen, heard, and valued for who they are.

I hope you all have a safe holiday season that is full of music and joy!

 Manal


Take Note

A Note-Able Evening of Romance:
Get Involved & Save the Date

February 7th 2015 / 7:30 p.m. / Reno Ballroom

Tickets are on sale now! You can purchase them online, in person or via phone (775.324.5521).

Early Bird Special and Stocking Stuffers
Purchase your tickets before January 24th and be entered into a drawing for a limo ride to and from the event, generously donated by Reno Tahoe Limousine.

Also available this year are fabulous stocking stuffers! We are partnering with The Ballroom of Reno to offer a unique and romantic package that your sweetheart will love. The package includes two tickets to A Note-Able Evening of Romance, two entries into the limousine drawing, two private ballroom lessons, one Friday group lesson, and one Friday dance party at The Ballroom of Reno – all for only $140!

Your business can be part of A Note-Able Evening of Romance, too!!! 
More than 500 people attended the 2014 Note-Able Evening of Romance, and more than 100 businesses participated as silent auction donors, food vendors and event sponsors. Being part of this wonderful event is a great way to show support for our community and gain customers from attendees who see your business name.

There are several ways to be involved in A Note-Able Evening of Romance: Donate items to our fabulous silent auction or rose raffle, enter the Philanthropic Foodie Culinary Showcase as a Reno master chef, or become an event sponsor. For more information contact Sheena at 775.324.5521.


Tune in to Finance

In this new monthly feature, we explore different ways that nonprofit organizations such as NMTS can help you. Yes, we can actually help you!

Last month we discussed several benefits that go along with donating money to a nonprofit. With a cash donation, the nonprofit receives funds to support their important work, and you may possibly be able to deduct the donation from your taxable income. A win for both you and the nonprofit. Hooray!

But cash is not the only thing that we can donate to a nonprofit in order to possibly realize a tax deduction. In fact, appreciating assets such as shares of stock or real estate can be the most powerful types of assets to donate!

Here’s an example: Let’s say I wanted to donate $1,000 to NMTS for the holidays. If I sold $1,000 worth of stock that I had originally purchased for $600, I would have a $400 capital gain that I would likely owe taxes on. What a bummer! But if I donated that $1,000 worth of stock directly to NMTS, I would likely be able to take a deduction against my taxable income for a portion of the value of the stock I donated. NMTS can then turn around and sell the stock without a capital gains tax consequence. This may sound a little complicated, but the bottom line is that it is a win for NMTS and a win for me! I

If you have questions about this or any other donation techniques, please contact Manal or Sarah at 324-5521. We can provide you with additional resources and information. And as always, be certain to consult your local professional tax advisor before proceeding with any tax planning or donation strategy.

 


NMTS Movers and Shakers

A shout-out and congratulations to board member Scott Harrington who went to New Delhi, India to speak at UNESCO’s International Conference – From Exclusion to Empowerment: The Role of Information and Communication Technologies for Persons with Disabilities. The goal of the conference was to promote human rights and fundamental freedoms for persons with disabilities. Scott delivered a presentation on Access to Information and Knowledge, which focused on issues related to creating inclusive learning spaces through the use of information and communication technologies. Way to go, Scott!


Upcoming Events

The Basement Sessions
December 15th, 2014 / 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
McKinley Arts & Culture Center, Suite 6
Join us for hors d’oeuvres and an exclusive performance by The Note-Ables! It’s an opportunity to have fun, meet great people and learn about the power of music in our community. Space is limited, so we do request that you RSVP by December 12th to 775.324.5521 or emailing sarahtoney@note-ables.org.

NMTS Holiday Party
December 18th / 3:00 – 4:30 p.m.
McKinley Arts & Culture Center Auditorium
Open to everyone, our annual holiday party will lift your spirits. Drop in and join in the fun, bring a dish to share, and strap on your dancing shoes. We will have music, dancing, activities and light refreshments.

Caroling at Scheels
December 20th, 2014 / 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Scheels Sporting Goods, Sparks – by the ferris wheel
Join the NMTS caroling class at Scheels to spread some holiday cheer. Meet by the stairs to grab a caroling book, warm up your voice about 15 minutes before 2 p.m., and get ready to sing.


Endowment Founding Circle

There are only 29 more days to join the
NMTS Endowment Founding Circle!

One of our proudest accomplishments has been to establish an endowment fund through the Community Foundation of Western Nevada. The fund was set up to guarantee that inclusive music programs and music therapy services will be available in our community for many years to come. There are many ways to contribute to the endowment – monthly giving, donations in honor or memory of a loved one, stocks, insurance gifts, and of course legacy gifts and bequests.

The opportunity to become a member of the Founding Circle will end on December 31st! As a Founding Circle member, your generosity will always be part of the legacy of NMTS. You will receive special recognition on our website and throughout the year at special events. Please click here to learn more about how you too can be part of this wonderful group of supporters.

Founding Circle Members

The Advisory Board of Note-Able Music Therapy Services 

The Board of Directors of Note-Able Music Therapy Services

The Eckert Family

Joe Macaluso

Tony Macaluso – In memory of Joe, Mary and Fina Macaluso

 Judge Nancy Oesterle

Pythian Sisters of Nevada – Jeanille Hyde, Grand Chief

Dr. and Mrs. Tousson Toppozada

Earl and Peggy Whitney

Join us in welcoming the newest members of the Founding Circle…The Wilson Family!


 

Thank Yous

Thank you to –
The Nevada Chapter of the National Federation of the Blind for inviting us to perform at their annual conference
The Center for Adaptive Riding for inviting us to be part of their Boots and Bowties fundraising gala

And as always, thank you to our November program volunteers –
Leif Christensen, Mark Geeson, Tia Henderson, Troy Jorgensen, Michael Lahnala, Nanette Mueller, Cindy Oesterle-Prescott, Rebeca Rubelcava, Maddy Tsugawa, Amina Wilson, Michael Young, and Forrest Zeiter


Music Therapy in the News

Music Therapy Shown to Ease Depression in Kids, Teens

A new study suggests music therapy may be used to reduce depression in children and adolescents with behavioral and emotional problems. Researchers at Queen’s University Belfast found children who received music therapy had significantly improved self-esteem and significantly reduced depression compared with those who received treatment without music therapy. (Click here to read the rest of the article.)

In this issue

December Message

Take Note: A Note-Able Evening of Romance

Tune in to Finance

NMTS Movers and Shakers

Upcoming events

Wish List

Endowment Fund Founding Circle

Music Therapy in the News

 

Quick Links

NMTS Website

Events Page

 

Board of Directors

Ellie Van Winkle (President)
Scott Harrington (Past President)
Kate Kirkpatrick
(Secretary)
Jim Robertson
(Treasurer)
Charles Kazemi
(Director)
Marcy Swiatek
(Director)

Advisory Board
Barbara Anderson
Tammy Borde
Christi Cakiroglu
Scott Faulkner
John Firestone
Bob Fulkerson
Mary Lee Fulkerson
Joe Macaluso
Lisa Mancini
Jeanine Mooers
Cindy
Oesterle-Prescott

Toni Taylor

Quote of the Month

“Works of Art make rules; rules do not make works of art.”
~ Claude Debussy

Wish List

Wish list item of the month: Postage!

  • Donations for scholarships
  • Board and Advisory Board members
  • Items for children’s sessions & waiting area (balls, dolls, puppets)
  • Office and art supplies (paper, crayons, washable markers etc.)
  • Tickets to community music events
  • iPod
  • iTunes gift cards
  • Card stock (white and colored – 8.5×11 and 5.5×8.5 scored)
  • Printing – posters and mailings
  • Kitchen supplies (paper plates, napkins, disposable cups, baggies, utensils)
  • Postage stamps and mailing materials
  • Plastic display holder and picture frames (8 ½” x 11″)
  • Batteries (AA, AAA, D, C, 9 and 3 volt)

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