Kids in New Groove gets Hotel Van Zandt support

Kids in a New Groove, a local nonprofit that gives music lessons to kids in foster care, has received a $5,000 grant from the new Hotel Van Zandt.

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Kids In a New Groove music teacher Missy Hance coaches a student during a recital. KIDS IN A NEW GROOVE

“Hotel Van Zandt is centered on supporting the Austin music community with nightly shows in Geraldine’s and curated playlists throughout the hotel, but this helps bring the music story full circle,” said Joe Pagone, general manager of Hotel Van Zandt in a press release. “This partnership with KING really highlights our commitment to becoming an invested part of our community and as a father, I really identify with the impact a cause like this has on future generations of Austinites.”

Kids in a New Groove founder Karyn Scott said: “It’s so exciting for us to partner with Austin’s newest hotel property, Hotel Van Zandt. Through music, we’re able to have one unified vision on how to bring more awareness and support to Austin’s foster care community.”

I wrote about Kids in a New Groove in 2012. I was reminded of all the things I have been able to give my kids — saxophone lessons, guitar lessons, martial arts lessons, a brief turn at soccer — that kids in foster care don’t get. Read that story here.

Author: Nicole Villalpando

Nicole Villalpando writes about families in the Raising Austin blog and the Raising Austin column on Saturdays. She also offers a weekly and monthly family calendar at austin360.com/raisingaustin. She tweets at @raisingaustin.

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