Fundraiser to be held Sunday for Keshequa music students

Updated: 04/04/2014 6:41 PM
Created: 04/04/2014 6:40 PM WHEC.com
By: Rebecca Fath

News10NBC has been following the case against the Keshequa music teacher accused of stealing school instruments and pawning them for drug money. 

Right now, Danielle Conner-Willowglade is in inpatient care, being treated for drug addiction. She was supposed to be back in court Thursday, but never showed up. News10NBC is still waiting for information about her next court date.

Her attorney said, “She’s getting the assistance she so sorely needs.”

The community is coming together to make sure the Keshequa students who lost their instruments don't also lose their love of music.

News10NBC got a sneak peak of the bands and musicians who are donating their time to send a positive message to the kids.

Justin Gurnsey, musician, said, “We want these kids to see how happy we make people with music.  It broke my heart hearing one of the kids say that they just weren't interested in playing anymore and that's the biggest reason why we want to do this is to make them feel happy about music make them want to play music."

After police say their teacher, Danielle Conner-Willowglade, pawned the instruments for money to buy heroin. Some of the instruments police were able to recover, many are still missing. The teacher has been in and out of court facing multiple charges.

Zach Todd, former student, said, “We always thought something was up, she was always edgy and kind of mean."

Sabrina Dietz, parent, said, "It's not safe for the kids.  They said she was doing drugs, stealing."

Organizers of the fundraiser say they want the kids to forget about the negativity surrounding the situation.

Gurnsey said, “To show them the positive side of music, we figured doing a fundraiser and trying to replace some of their instruments would be the natural thing to do."

Local bands are playing a show this weekend to let the kids to know, if they love music, they should stick with it.

Jeff Acker, musician, said, "The Rochester music community has their back we support them and that music is great."

Gurnsey said, “I don't want this one negative thing that is tied in with their musical up bring to affect how they look at music.  Music is a beautiful thing and we're going to show you that.”

On Sunday evening, they'll also be raffling off a week at a local summer camp and a three-month membership to the Jewish Community Center. The fundraiser is happening from 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

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