If you have a Facebook account and a few minutes you can help the El Paso Youth Symphony Orchestras win a $10,000 grant. EPYSOs Music Director Andres Moran is a good friend of mine. We attended graduate school together and spent many nights shooting pool at one of Dallas' finest watering holes. Because of his hard work and dedication, as well as the efforts of all the EPYSOs staff, the EPYSOs is a finalist for the "Clorox Clean-Up Power: A Bright Future" contest, through Facebook.
Out of nearly 5,000 submissions the EPSYOs is one of only 30 programs moving to the voting phase, and the only music program that made the finals. The 5 programs with the most votes will each win a $10,000 grant and a feature in People magazine. The grant will go a long way in supporting EPYSOs programs, which have been severely impacted by the recession. You can vote here, and can vote once per day through January 17, 2010.