Houlihan's Restaurants Help The VH1 Save The Music Foundation and Comcast Donate $60,000 Worth of New Instruments to Restore Music Education in Jersey

October 08, 2009 // Franchising.com // Jersey City, NJ – The VH1 Save The Music Foundation, with the help of Houlihan's Restaurants Inc., will present $60,000 worth of new musical instruments to restore instrumental music education programs in Jersey City Public Schools for the 2009/2010 school year. The donation is part of the Foundation's efforts to restore $3 million worth of instrumental music programs nationwide this year. To mark the donation, an event will be held at the Ezla L. Nolan School on October 9, 2009 from 10a.m. to 11 a.m. Comcast, VH1 Save the Music Foundation's partner, will be onsite to introduce Houlihan's representatives at the event.

This year's donation is part of an ongoing effort by the VH1 Save The Music Foundation and Houlihan's to guarantee that students in Jersey City Public Schools receive music education as part of their core curriculum. In tune with its tradition of originality and appreciation for independent music, Houlihan's, a popular, stylish casual dining restaurant with locations nationwide, formed an ongoing fundraising partnership with the VH1 Save The Music Foundation in the Spring of 2008 to support instrumental music education programs in public schools throughout the country.

"Houlihan's is committed to ensuring that students in Jersey City and across the country receive the benefits of music education," said Jen Gulvik, Vice President of Marketing for Houlihan's. "At a time when budget cuts and lack of public funds pose an increasing threat to music education, we are honored to support the mission of the VH1 Save The Music Foundation. Every child deserves the chance to play an instrument, join a band, and enjoy the many benefits music brings to life. It's so rewarding to know that our restaurants are helping to make this a reality."

By organizing concerts and fundraising events across the country, Houlihan's Restaurants galvanized their local communities to collect donations for the VH1 Save The Music Foundation and raise awareness about the importance of music as part of each child's education. In addition, Houlihan's stores donated $1 for every Mojito Margarita and S'Mores Fondue dessert sold at more than 100 corporate stores and franchises across the country to the Foundation.

"We are thrilled that Houlihan's Restaurants have partnered with the VH1 Save The Music Foundation," said Paul Cothran, Executive Director of the VH1 Save The Music Foundation. "With their help, we will be able to continue to raise awareness about the importance of a musical education in a child's life, and ensure that additional children have access to the benefits of music study."

Since its founding in 1997, the VH1 Save The Music Foundation has helped implement and restore music programs in thousands of public schools, which traditionally cut fine arts activities when budgets tighten. These programs have helped countless children enjoy the benefits of musical study, including improved self-esteem, increased SAT scores, higher high school graduation and elevated attendance rates.

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, more than one hundred Houlihan's restaurants operate throughout the country. 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 Devon Seafood Grill and J. Gilbert's Wood-Fired Steaks.

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!

About Comcast

Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) is one of the nation's leading providers of entertainment, information and communication products and services. With 23.9 million cable customers, 15.3 million high-speed Internet customers, and 7.0 million Comcast Digital Voice customers, Comcast is principally involved in the development, management and operation of cable systems and in the delivery of programming content.

Comcast's Eastern Division serves approximately 5.7 million residential and business customers across Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia and Washington, DC. The Eastern Division is based in Oaks, Pennsylvania and employs more than 20,000 people.

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