Harry Chapin was a world-famous, Grammy-winning guitarist and songwriter who used his music to raise awareness about the realities and prevalence of hunger in America – particularly on Long Island – and the rest of the world. Harry was so passionate about hunger that half of his concerts every year were benefits for organizations such as Long Island Cares, Inc. – The Harry Chapin Food Bank, which he founded.
The Harry Chapin Practice-A-Thon aims to strengthen the practicing habits of music students of all ages while supporting food banks in New York State such as Long Island Cares, honoring Harry by bringing together his two great passions.
—From March 1st to March 31st, the participants keep a record of how many minutes they practice their instrument each day.
—At the end of the month, the participants hand their practice schedules in to their music teachers to add up their practice times. Then, students collect pledge checks from their sponsors and send them to Long Island Cares, Inc.