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On November 2, 2017, the D'Addario Foundation partnered with Todd Rundgren's Spirit of Harmony, Instruments in the Cloud, and Lyft to host an instrument collection drive at the D'Addario & Company headquarters in Farmingdale, Long Island.

The D’Addario Foundation collected a grand total of 97 instruments, and ambassadors from Lyft were on-hand to engage participants; for every new rider who signs up and uses the Lyft app entering code “IMACHAMPION,” Lyft will dedicate $5 of the ride to the D’Addario Foundation.

“Many of the programs that apply for support from the D’Addario Foundation have instrument needs. Lack of instruments equates to more children on waiting lists hoping for spots in these vital programs. So donating an instrument is a very direct way to make an instant impact,” said Suzanne D’Addario Brouder, executive director of the D’Addario Foundation. “We hope this was the first instrument collection event of many.”

D’Addario Foundation’s partner, Hungry for Music, is currently working on preparing the collected instruments, and together they will choose where they will be distributed. The goal is to have all instruments distributed to programs and students in need by the holidays.



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