Holly Jolly Symphony Fete benefits music education in the 561

Holly Jolly Symphony Fete benefits music education in the 561. (WPEC)

Raising funds to keep music alive in the 561 this holiday season.

CBS12 anchor Liz Quirantes served as emcee of the annual Holly Jolly Symphony Fete Monday at the Sailfish Club on Palm Beach.

Proceeds from the event benefit Palm Beach Symphony's world class music, education, and community outreach programs, which includes donating instruments to deserving students.

"We feel like we have an opportunity to reach out not only to the 1.4 million people, but also all the different schools in Palm Beach County," said David McClymont, executive director of the Palm Beach Symphony.

"Unfortunately a lot of those schools don't have music programs, or if they do, they have students who don't have instruments," McClymon said. "And today, we'll actually be giving away 20 instruments to local Palm Beach County students who wouldn't otherwise have them."

Alain Goindoo of Pahokee Middle School was also honored with the inaugural Instrumental Music Teacher of the Year Award.

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