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Paramus Sunrise Rotary Learns About The Advancement Of Music Therapy

David's Fund David's Fund was started by Lucy and Tom Ott in 1996 as a tribute to David, their talented young son who contracted encephalitis at age 20. It took its toll on David Thanksgiving 1994. Determined that their cherished memory of David should not wane, his parents started David's Fund as a tribute to music that kept David fighting for life as his body weakened. Throughout the years of debilitation, although he lost command of speech and other physical attributes, David took solace in music plus his memories of his ability to play the piano and the tuba.


His musical interests included Beethoven, Berlioz and Ives as well as jazz and soul artists BB King, Louis Armstrong, Cab Calloway and Mahalia Jackson. During his seventeen years of physical decline, music became a therapy affording him peace and joy. Not limited to these, he enjoyed spirituals to give him inspiration and solace. In effect, he became a music therapist who, despite impending disaster, had a life of patience, dignity and hope.

David's parents, Tom and Lucy Ott share this trauma with perseverance. Tom is an elder of Trinity Presbyterian Church as well as participating in the choir. His understanding of music is quite deep. He is a Charter Member of the newly formed Westwood Rotary Club and he and Lucy believe in giving back to the community.

The money for David's Fund comes from donations, mainly from family, friends and acquaintances. For further information, contact: David's Fund, 62 James Street, Westwood, NJ 07675, call 201 666 8730 or write to tolu33@verizon.net. Music Therapy is its goal!

In the regular order of business, Rotarian Joe D'Arco mentioned that because of a saying about our club The Little Club That Could, he donated a book to the Paramus Library from Paramus Sunrise Rotary Club about the Little Engine That Could. The club thanked him for his generosity and decided to adopt the name: The Little Club That Could.

In their short existence, Paramus Sunrise Rotary Club has made many community minded donations and involvement plus sponsored several Gift of Life Children.

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