This year's Annual Heidi White Memorial Concert will mark the 10th year since Heidi White died in 2004 at the age of 27 of complications after childbirth. The concert will be held at 7:00PM, on Thursday, May 1, 2014, at the Bertha Frank Performing Arts Center. Doors open at 6:30pm with coffee drinks and desserts by Eli's Coffee Shop. Tickets may be purchased at the door for $10 ea. or a maximum of $25 for a family.
Heidi White loved music and she wanted kids to love music, too. She had a poster in her classroom at Jefferson School with the words, "Music Speaks What Cannot Be Expressed. Soothes the mind and gives it rest. Heals the heart and makes it whole. And flows from heaven to the soul." When she taught music at Jefferson Elementary School or directed the choir at Morton Junior High she fostered that love by bringing her enthusiasm to every production - full costumes and make-up, sound system improvements and ordering T-shirts to get kids excited about their upcoming show.
“You have to start with the kids and that is how she saw it,” Vicki Horn, a teacher at Jefferson School and Mrs. White’s mentor, said. “She was adamant about kids enjoying music.” Her life is celebrated each spring at the Heidi White Memorial Concert. Proceeds from the concert are used for music camp scholarships for students. The Heidi White Memorial Music Endowment Fund at the Morton Community Foundation is established and donors can give to this fund so children can continue to experience quality music instruction. Mrs. White’s life was about sharing music. Her legacy is a sweet song.
Proceeds from this concert will go to the Heidi White Memorial Music Scholarship Endowment Fund, a component fund of the Morton Community Foundation. The proceeds of this fund will be used in District 709 Music programs for the purchase of equipment; defraying the costs of participating in music related activities, competitions, etc.; and other music related activities or purchases. Priority is given to expenditures related to choral department activities, competitions, or purchases.