Houlihan’s Rallies Facebook Users to ‘Save The Music’

September 10, 2010 at 2:34 am | Posted in music education | Leave a comment
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Leawood, KS (September 1, 2010) – Houlihan’s Restaurants, Inc. is making it easier than ever for consumers to support the VH1 Save The Music Foundation and help restore music education in America’s schools simply by “Liking” Houlihan’s on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/houlihans).

Today through Sept. 30, 2010, Houlihan’s Restaurants Inc, will donate $1, up to $30,000, to the VH1 Save The Music Foundation for each new fan that “Likes” Houlihan’s on Facebook. The month-long fundraising rally kicks off Houlihan’s third annual campaign to support the Foundation. The 30,000 new Houlihan’s fans will allow VH1 to restore an entire instrumental music program for a needy public school lacking the budget for music education.

“Funding for the arts has gone from bad to worse. Public schools are suffering more than ever because of the recession and state budget cuts, so our support of VH1 Save the Music Foundation is vital right now,” said Jen Gulvik, Vice President of Marketing for Houlihan’s. “We have an important message to spread and we’re hopeful that our Facebook fans will rally their social networks to help give more students access to music education.”

In addition to relying on Facebook connections to spread the word about its campaign to support VH1 Save The Music Foundation, Houlihan’s will launch another in-store fundraising initiative in November, when a portion of dessert sales will further fund the cause. In the past two years, Houlihan’s restaurants raised over $100,000 and restored music education in three public schools.

Since its founding in 1997, VH1 Save The Music Foundation has helped “save” music programs in thousands of public schools, which traditionally face fine arts activity cuts when budgets tighten. The Foundation has also helped countless children enjoy the benefits of musical study, including improved self-esteem and increased SAT scores, high school graduation rates, college attendance rates and problem-solving skills.

In addition to restoring instrumental music programs in the nation’s public schools, VH1 Save The Music Foundation aims to raise awareness about the importance of music as part of each child’s education. For example, U.S. Department of Education data shows that students who report consistently high levels of involvement in instrumental music during the middle- and high-school years show significantly higher levels of math proficiency by grade 12. In general, music helps develop the essential skills needed to succeed in the 21st Century workforce: critical thinking, creative problem solving, team work, and more.

About Houlihan’s

Established in 1972, Houlihan’s is a progressive concept that bridges the gap between fine dining and what people have come to expect from casual dining, priding itself on style and quality appropriate for any occasion, any day of the week. Houlihan’s offers guests an inviting atmosphere, eclectic menu and energetic bar environment with creative, diverse drink offerings. Inspired by fare around the globe, Houlihan’s crafts dishes made from scratch with assertive flavors, offering a unique culinary experience. Currently, 97 Houlihan’s restaurants operate throughout the country, 61 of which are franchised. Houlihan’s is owned by Houlihan’s Restaurants, Inc. of Leawood, Kansas, a pioneer in the full-service, casual dining industry that developed and owns several restaurant concepts comprising of approximately 115 locations from coast to coast, including Bristol Seafood Grill and Bar/ J. Gilbert’s Wood-Fired Steaks. For more information, please visit www.houlihans.com or find Houlihan’s on Facebook at www.facebook.com/houlihans.

About VH1 Save The Music Foundation

The VH1 Save The Music Foundation is a nonprofit 501c3 organization dedicated to restoring instrumental music education programs in America’s public schools, and raising awareness about the importance of music as part of each child’s complete education. Since 1997, the VH1 Save The Music Foundation has successfully restored and sustained instrumental music programs in 1,600 public schools in more than 100 cities across the country, including Memphis, Houston, Chicago, New York, Denver, Baltimore and Milwaukee.  Over the past ten years, various artists and celebrities have shown their devotion to the VH1 Save The Music Foundation by partnering with the organization as they’ve reached out to struggling school districts across the country.  This year, Beyoncé, Jamie Foxx, Chris Webber, Gavin DeGraw, NE-YO, Johnny Rzeznik, Natasha Bedingfield, The Fray, Tamia, 3 Doors Down and Venus Williams serve as The Foundation’s Inaugural Class of Ambassadors, each raising funds and delivering key messages on behalf of The Foundation. To date, VH1 Save The Music has provided more than $43 million in new musical instruments, affecting the lives of more than 1.2 million children.  It is The Foundation’s renewed commitment to donate one hundred million dollars worth of new musical instruments to ensure that even a greater number of students receive a comprehensive music education in the coming decade!  To join the movement to First Make Music, Then Make History, visit www.vh1savethemusic.com

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