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Fundraiser Saturday provides music lessons for struggling students

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Submitted by For the Love of Music

A suburban foundation that provides musical instruments and lessons for struggling suburban students holds its annual fundraiser at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, March 2 at Ristorante Abruzzo in Deerfield.

For the Love of Music, In Memory of Keith Halls, is named for Keith Halls, who was only 21 when he died of a heart attack at his home in Wheeling.

Halls played drums and guitar, said his mother, Marilyn.

"He lived and breathed music," she said. "Keith was always for the less fortunate so I know he would be so proud of this foundation."

The foundation is referred students from local agencies, she said. "We have a boy who has been taking guitar lessons for the past year and a half and enjoys every minute of it. He says it helps him deal with the day-to-day stresses he has to deal with from school."

The foundation's mission to spread the gift of music to those who need it most and to enhance the lives of the less fortunate through music.

"We believe that music can heal and promote self-confidence and is a powerful tool for those who choose and have the opportunity to use it," she said.

Tickets to the fundraiser are $45. The dinner will include garlic bread, bruschetta and fried calamari appetizers and homemade minestrone soup; pollo Marsala or pollo limone chicken breast, penne russo pasta and vegetable.  Wine will be served with dinner.

A silent auction is also planned, with items including tickets to Marriott Lincolnshire Theatre, jewelry, bowling at eSkape in Buffalo Grove for 20 people, gift certificates from the Guitar Center and Sam Ash and Chicago Bulls tickets. Entertainment will be provided by guitarist Lee Alex Barrie and dancers.

The foundation also is accepting donations from those not attending the fundraiser. Send checks to: For the Love of Music, In memory of Keith Halls, 281 Surrey Road, Wheeling, IL 60090

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