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I’LL FLY AWAY FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES FIRST ANNUAL SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENT
Bella Vista, AR May12, 2012…The I’ll Fly Away Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to music preservation and music education, named for the “I’ll Fly Away,” one of the most recognized songs in the world ever recorded, announced the organization’s first annual scholarship recipient. Brook Henry from Neosho, Missouri will receive the first $500 renewable scholarship in a special presentation on Thursday, May 10th, 2012 at the Neosho High School. Henry, who is 18 and plans on attending MSSU in Joplin, Missouri has a unique desire to continue her passion for music with plans to be involved in the MSSU show choir, opera and dance. Nominees are required to be involved in a music program and she plans to become an elementary music teacher. Henry has a passion for educating children and involving children in music
“We are thrilled to present Ms. Henry with this first ever scholarship from the I’ll Fly Away Foundation,” said Betsy Brumley, Chairman of the foundation. “It is a privilege to present this to an outstanding young lady who will be attending school in an area of the country that suffered so much devastation during the recent tornadoes. Her music and her willingness to stay involved in the community was one of the many things we looked at when making the decision on the recipient.”
The I’ll Fly Away Foundation is a recognized 501c(3) which launched in December, 2011 in honor of Albert E. Brumley who wrote “I’ll Fly Away”. Albert E Brumley had a passion for preserving the musical heritage of our country. He published “I’ll Fly Away” in 1932 which also went on to be the most recorded song of all time. Brumley has been described as the pre-eminent gospel songwriter of the 20thcentury with over 800 published songs. Other titles included “Turn Your Radio On,” “I’ll Meet You in the Morning,” and “The World is Not My Home.” According to interviews Brumley came up with the idea for the song, which bears the foundation’s name while picking cotton on his father’s farm in Rock Island, Oklahoma.
The foundation was launched by the granddaughter of Brumley who serves as its leader and decided to dedicate her life to creating opportunities to foster music education and the spirit and passion of her grandfather after finding a document with his intentions to start a foundation for music preservation and music education. The document was dated 1976. He died before he was able to see this vision through. Now Betsy is fulfilling one of his last dreams: to make sure our musical history isn’t forgotten and children have the opportunity to become enriched through music. Since that time she has organized major fundraising events including one on Oct 13, 2012 with Country music legends The Oak Ridge Boys and several upcoming events during this year’s CMA FanFest in Nashville.
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