Following Denise’s death, her husband, Stew Pharis, asked that any memorial gifts be given to Reaching Heights, providing additional resources for our music lesson scholarship program.
Donations to Reaching Heights Patti-Jackson Fund may be made at any time. A $200 donation endows a Patti-Jackson Chair in the name of a person or musical instrument. Endowed chairs will be listed on music event programs for at least one year following the donation.
Patti-Jackson Endowed Chairs
The Bellini Family Cello Chair The Oliver Family Chair
Gift from Suzanne Bellini Gift from Louisa & Solomon Oliver
The Dunbar Family Chair The Resseger Family Chair
Gift from Mary Dunbar Gift from Bill & Jan Resseger
The Gary Friedman Oboe Chair The Schubert Family Chair
Gift from Gary Friedman Gift from Barbara & John Schubert
The Daniel Heim Chair The Sersig/Brandt Family Chairs (4)
Gift from Kim Bambakidis Gift from Beth Sersig & Chris Brandt
The Susie Kaeser Chair The Norine Sharp Chair
Gift from Tom & Dorothy Bier Gift from Blanche & Jack Valancy
The Kazdan-Gooch Chair The Shumaker Chair
Gift from David Kazdan & Laura Gooch Gift from Sharon Shumaker & Mark Chupp
The Helen Lalewicz - Violin Chair The Sourini-Korane Family Chair
Gift from Donna Lalewicz Gift from Jodi Sourini & Ken Korane
The Heights Rocks Chair The Wolpert-Lesser Family Chair
Gift from Vikki Nowak Gift from Susan Wolper & Ray Lesser
The Maier Family Chair The Kenneth Hall Woodside Flute Chair
Gift from Howard & Susan Maier Gift from Beth Woodside
Patti-Jackson Music Lesson Scholarship
Over the life of the program, 175 students have gained the opportunity to hone their musical skills with the help of private music lessons they were able to enjoy thanks to winning a Patti-Jackson Music Lesson Scholarship. Our thanks go to donors who make this program possible.
Shortly after Vince Patti passed away in July of 2005, his children and friends decided that a fitting tribute to this inspiring musician and educator would be to create a fund in his name to support the Heights tradition of musical excellence. Mr. Patti taught elementary instrumental music for much of his 20 year tenure in the Cleveland Heights-University Heights school district. They asked Reaching Heights to create a special purpose fund named for the Patti Family and to use it to implement a music lesson scholarship program for CH-UH elementary and middle school students that would allow them to gain a firm footing with their instruments.
Fund raising began with a benefit concert held in July of 2006 at Cain Park. The A.M. McGregor Home, (Mr. and Mrs. Patti’s home for more than 10 years) gave a $10,000 leadership gift which gave the fund a great start. Proceeds from the concert and individual donations provided adequate resources for Reaching Heights to begin the music lesson scholarship program in January of 2007 awarding scholarships to 35 students. Benefit concerts held at McGregor in 2007, 2008, and 2009 increased the fund.
Denise Jackson was a Reaching Heights trustee, parent of Heights musicians, and accomplished musician in her own right. She began her career as a musician in Chicago and subsequently became a successful Cleveland attorney. Denise had a lifelong passion for music. She earned both a Bachelor of Music and a Master of Music degree from Northwestern University, and performed with the New World Symphony in Miami under the direction of Michael Tilson Thomas. She was creative in many areas, including gardening, knitting, and working with glass and tile.