In honor of the late saxophonist’s September 7 birthday, and a year after his death, the Dave Matthews Band has announced new scholarship and charitable programs to continue LeRoi Moore’s own legacy of giving.
The LeRoi Moore Fund, which was established prior to the founding DMB member’s death in 2008, will make contributions to the following organizations: Toys For Tots, Habitat for Humanity, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and Blue Ridge Area Food Bank—all charities Moore supported during his lifetime.
The fund will also support three four-year college scholarship programs that will launch with the 2010-2011 academic year at the following schools:
North Carolina Central University - a four-year, $5,000-per-year scholarship available to Business and Education majors, the departments in which Moore's parents studied while at the university. Applicants will be evaluated based on financial need, with an emphasis on community service.
Albemarle High School - a four-year, $2,500-per-year scholarship toward the recipient's college expenses. The scholarship will be open to music students based on their talent, financial need, and community service. Moore attended Albemarle High School, where his father also taught.
University of Virginia School of Nursing - a four-year, $5,000-per-year scholarship will be awarded to a Nursing Department student exhibiting financial need and a history of community service. Moore, who was treated at the University of Virginia Medical Center, had expressed a desire to honor the efforts of those who'd helped him during his time there.
As the DMB graced the scenic Gorge Amphitheatre stage in George, WA on September 4-6, thoughts of Moore were no doubt be in the hearts and minds of both fans and his former bandmates.