On January 26th, DAWSON Impact donated 30 ukeleles complete with case, song boos, and tuner to the local Boy Scouts of America in Sierra Vista, AZ. Chris Rasmussan, DAWSON Program Manager for the Fort Huachuca KBS contract, came up with the great idea to “impact” the community. This program to bring to light the culture of Hawaii by teaching youths how to play the ukulele. Chris is working with Dave Freeman, member of our Joint Venture teaming partner, ISC, to teach the youths how to play the ukulele to prepare them to perform recitals at community events in the Fort Huachuca and Sierra Vista/Cochise County community (concerts, 4th of July ceremonies, Senior Citizen facilities, music classes, etc.). Playing the ukulele is not only fun and easy to learn, but studies show that the benefits of learning an instrument include better memory, improved coordination, better concentration, stress relief, a sense of achievement, and happiness.

The ukulele donation ceremony was held in the DAWSON Sierra Vista Office, which was attended by several Regional BSA leaders and local community leaders included the City Council, Skies Unlimited Director, as well as the local newspaper. Chelsea Cabanting, DAWSON Colorado Springs Office Project Coordinator, led the group by tuning the ukuleles and teaching them some chords. Chelsea is a self-taught ukulele player who received a college music scholarship at Regis University. To show how easy it is to learn how to play the ukulele, Chelsea showed Mike Patterson, DAWSON PTS Program Manager, a few chords to play. With just that short lesson, Mike was able to perform a duet with Chelsea. You can see their duet performance on You Tube. See link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rD6ZA66GNoA

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