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June 15, 2014

Med Flory Fund to support music in local schools

Fund to support music in local schools

Hundreds of people from Logansport and beyond came to Little Turtle Waterway Saturday to enjoy music and remember a local legend at the seventh annual Med Flory Jazz and Blues Festival.

And it really was all about Med.

Flory passed away in early March at the age of 87. He was a Grammy award winner and a Logansport native.

“You couldn’t ask for a better evening with your closest friends and great music,” said Dave Kitchell. “The only thing that could be better is if we had our own namesake with us here tonight.”

While giving an evening tribute to Flory, Kitchell also announced the creation of the Med Flory Fund through the Cass County Community Foundation.

The endowed scholarship is set at $25,000, but Kitchell said they won’t receive that amount starting out. He’s hoping, though, the foundation will raise $6,000 at first.

“This might be the way to do it to keep his name alive,” Kitchell said.

The scholarship will support music in Cass County schools by helping fund instruments, uniforms, workshops, private lessons and field trips.

Med gave back to his hometown, and Kitchell said this is a way to continue that.

“When you think about people that leave your hometown and go off to do something famous, there are a lot of them who just look at their town in the rear-view mirror and say, ‘See you later. I’m not coming back there,’” Kitchell said. “This guy was a guy who looked in the mirror and said, ‘I want to go back to my hometown, and I want to leave something for those who come after me.’”

Along with the new fund, the Steve Allee with Stan Hillis Quintet performed songs the musicians used to play with Med at the festival. One of the songs included “Don’t Get Around Much Anymore,” which Hillis said they frequently played together.

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