Last night I attended the annual Circle of Giving Awards ceremony at the Renton Senior Center, presented by the Renton Community Foundation in partnership with the City of Renton. The Circle of Giving was conceived in 2000 as a way to bring attention to the fine work of the Renton Community Foundation. Since then, the Circle of Giving has granted over $375,000 back to the community.
This is an inspiring event that shows the generous spirit of people in our community who work hard to make life easier for those in need – including Renton teachers, and many incredible non-profit organizations who reach out to help other people.
Allied Arts of Renton received a grant from this amazing organization, and also presented an award ourselves. Last year was the 50th anniversary of Allied Arts, and to commemorate the occasion, the group established a new scholarship program for youth in Renton between the ages of 12 to 19 called “Arts Alive for Youth”. This was designed to further the education of the youth in our community in all fields of creative endeavor.
Before the awards ceremony, fifteen year old McKenzie Fysh, who is a prodigal pianist and composer, entertained the attendees with masterful musical genius. And then, as president of Allied Arts of Renton, I presented McKenzie with our first scholarship award in the field of music.
To apply for a scholarship in arts, please visit our website at http://www.alliedartsofrenton.org.
To learn more about McKenzie Fysh, you can go to her website at http://www.hotzigity.com.