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Helping Out: Work with Music School Bring out an Inspiring Side to Life
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The Washington Post reports that Vice president of Howard Insurance Agency, a third-generation property and casualty insurance agency in Chevy Chase.

Charitable giving highlights: Gives personally and corporately to education and arts; sits on Board of Trustees for the Levine School of Music; serves on advisory board of Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind.

Several years ago, I noticed that budgets were being cut from the more artistic side of education. I've always been a firm believer in well-rounded education that includes the arts. My younger brother is an extremely talented musician and my mother is an artist. Seeing much fewer of those avenues for today's kids in the District, I feel there should be other ways to get that education.

The Levine School of Music is a charity that I give to with my time and money, both personally and corporately. We've really gotten behind their message. Their reputation has always been the "D.C. Julliard," where a lot of talented musicians attend. They have an exceptional staff and give away many scholarships.

Focusing on the educational side of the arts has been very important to us.

At Howard Insurance, we strive to give 1.5 percent of revenue to charity. We do the best that we can do.

I also serve on the advisory board of the Columbia School for the Blind because my grandmother was involved with that organization. She passed 15 years ago and had suffered various optical diseases. I love how the school is leveraging tools to help people function better with a particular disability.

Outside of finances, there's a lot of time involved in supporting charities. When you're on the board, there's a lot of thought and planning that goes into fundraising and awareness.

The challenge for a lot of business owners is finding the time to give back, but it's critical. You have to be inspired to commit that kind of time.

At the Levine School locations, you can see little kids so happy just to be banging on instruments or singing in a circle with the teacher. You can see in their eyes what the music is doing for them emotionally.

Anyone can be blown away by the talent of a piano virtuoso, but seeing pure, unbridled joy in a child's face because they've created a sound that makes them happy -- that is truly inspiring.

 

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/09/17/AR201009...

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