Steve & Kathy Dewalt celebrate the 2nd annual Ten Grands fund-raiser concert at Benaroya Hall, held April 3, 2009.

888 Keys: The Gift of Music for Kids

Kathy Fahlman Dewalt, a music educator, and her husband Steve Dewalt, are the catalysts who brought the "Ten Grands" concert to Seattle for the first time in 2008 and a return engagement -- a sellout -- this year. This benefit concert, expected to be an annual event in Seattle, is a production of The Snowman Foundation, a Portland-based nonprofit whose mission is to give the gift of music to children. All proceeds support music education, programs and activities for youngsters. Thanks to the leadership, dedication and boundless energy of the Dewalts, 12 Puget Sound-area groups received grants from funds raised at the sellout “Ten Grands” concert held April 3 at Benaroya Hall.,

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Joe and Sherrie Liebsack says ... on Friday, Aug 28 at 8:36 PM

Kathy and Steve have given their time and resources to bring this program to Seattle and even more have made sure that the funds raised benefitted those in need. The recipients have greatly benefitted from this incredible program. Ten Grands is WOW

Lyndsey and Bjarne Rasmussen says ... on Sunday, Aug 30 at 11:10 PM

The evening is extraordinary; the mix of professional artisits and young musicians blend beautifully; and the joy on the faces of the audience and performers speak to your heart. Music cures the soul. The DeWalts catalyze and inspire our children.

Sondra Hopper says ... on Monday, Aug 31 at 1:55 PM

As a member of the Ten Grands committee, I can attest to the enthusiasm that the Dewalts bring to this wonderful musical event. They are truly an inspiration in their effort to raise money to support music programs for all youngsters.

Melinda and Bob Hord says ... on Wednesday, Sep 2 at 11:57 AM

When times are tough, music and the arts are more important than ever in sustaining the soul, inspiring imagination, and bringing joy to the faces of children. There wasn't a dry eye in the house at Benaroya Hall. Thank you Kathy and Steve!

Eric Fahlman says ... on Wednesday, Sep 2 at 1:33 PM

I have been to both concerts at Benaroya Hall and can attest they are incredible. A must see. The DeWalts are tireless advocates of music for everyone and in particular children. It is wonderful they are being recognized for their good works.

Lindsay Bates says ... on Wednesday, Sep 2 at 1:54 PM

I could not be more proud.

Alexander William says ... on Thursday, Sep 3 at 1:33 PM

To be honest, on a day to day basis their one motive is how they can help the people. To say they are the most selfless people on the eastside would be a drastic understatement. They are good people through and through.

Clyde Herbert says ... on Friday, Sep 4 at 8:11 AM

The charm, expertise, musical acumen, and hard work of this duo was instrumental in making the 10 Grands Concert the huge success it was.

Maggie Liebsack says ... on Friday, Sep 4 at 12:37 PM

Their dedication to the community and enrichment of life to all they interact with is any inspiration. They are the eptiome of what Brotherton Community Champions stand for. We are blessed to have them in our lives.

Hilary and Neil Doherty says ... on Friday, Sep 4 at 2:20 PM

Kathy's saying always is..."Life is a celebration and music is a celebration of life". She and Steve have given these children a chance to celebrate life. We could not be more proud of their dedication, their time, and their passion to help others.

Dorothy says ... on Tuesday, Sep 8 at 12:29 PM

A vote for Kathy and Steve Dewalt is a Vote For Music! Music brings back the joy and passion that is so greatly needed in our world. Bravo- Kathy and Steve for bringing music to so many children in the state of Washington!

Rose and Frank Dennis says ... on Friday, Oct 2 at 4:28 PM

Kathy and Steve have put so much time, energy and creativity into making Ten Grands happen, and Seattle is very fortunate for their efforts.

Jolene Anderson says ... on Friday, Oct 2 at 5:12 PM

TheTen Grands concert last Spring left me inspired and uplifted. The highlight of the evening was watching and listening to the students perform. Music is the bridge to connect us.Thank you Kathy and Steve for providing access to music for all kids!

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