Dixon Schwabl Creates a Piano for Peace
Members of the Dixon Schwabl creative team used their “Make it Happen” days to volunteer their time to participate in a community arts project called Pianos for Peace. Employees sanded, primed and painted a piano that will be on display at the Rochester Public Market. The project was organized by Marissa Balonon-Rosen, a Dixon Schwabl intern and dual-degree student at the Eastman School of Music and the University of Rochester.
Pianos will be placed in 11 locations around the City of Rochester in neighborhoods where residents may have limited access to the arts. In addition to the piano created by Dixon Schwabl, other pianos will be painted by youth, local artists and community members, and will display the artists’ interpretation of what peace means to them. The pianos will be open for all members of the community to play throughout August. At the end of the month, the pianos will be collected to form a Piano Park for Peace on the grounds of the Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence.
Kathy Ritchie Appointed to CASA Board
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Employees Raise Money for the Warrior and Family Support Center
To celebrate Independence Day and honor the military service of Private First Class Terry Heise, Dixon Schwabl employees wore jeans to raise money for the Warrior and Family Support Center. The team at Dixon Schwabl was presented with a certificate of appreciation from the center to recognize the agency’s support and contributions.
In October 2010, Heise, an infantryman with the 101st Airborne Division and brother of Dixon Schwabl employee Megan Sperber, survived a blast from an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan. He sustained serious injuries but survived the blast with two shattered legs, a burst-fractured vertebrae, and shrapnel wounds to his face and upper body.
When Heise was stable enough to return to the U.S., he was treated at Brooke Army Medical Center at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas. For more than a year, he endured many surgeries and extensive rehabilitation. His rehab was supported by the Warrior and Family Support Center, a group on the base that supports soldiers and their families while they are recovering.
In addition to this donation, employees at Dixon Schwabl collected money and supplies last year for the center’s recovering soldiers.