Updated: Feb 25, 2019
LAVC is hosting a fundraiser to raise money for Steinway Pianos.
By Alana Aimaq, Staff Writer
The Valley College Library Foundation is hosting a wine tasting event on Feb. 22 to benefit the Library Fund and the Steinway Piano Campaign.
As of last year, 90 percent of Valley’s pianos were in poor condition. This caused a rise in the maintenance cost due to their old age. In 2018, Valley launched the Steinway Piano Campaign, an initiative to replace 18 of the 22 pianos with brand new Steinways. Using the college’s equipment funds, the final four pianos were acquired through a lease-to-own agreement.
Erika Endrijonas, former president of Valley, explained, “What it says is that the college is dedicated to students having the absolute best equipment to train on, and nothing says that better than Steinway.”
Along with the $340,000 being raised to pay off the leased pianos earlier than scheduled, this event will use ticket proceeds to raise one million dollars to go towards the piano’s maintenance. This way, they can keep the pianos in top shape.
Valley officially joined the campaign and became the 200th All-Steinway School. This program has provided students and staff with the instruments needed for studying music.
Staff explain that by becoming an all-Steinway school, it will attract more students to study music and bring attention to Valley’s music program. As a prominent college in the San Fernando Valley, the program also hopes to create a reputation as a quality institution for music education.
This event is equally about music as it is about the wine. Students and families are invited to reserve a ticket to enjoy award-winning wine served by Hoi Polloi, a world-class wine company specializing in wine cultivated from the West Coast.
Created to take the self-importance out of wine tasting, Hoi Polloi specializes in finding wine sourced from world-class vineyards. From Santa Barbara to Sonoma, attendees can enjoy a variety of wines including Pinot Noir, Rosé, and more.
For more ticket information, you can visit the Valley library. Reserve a ticket by calling 818-947-2619.