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Chamber donates $1,000 to Ray Houser Scholarship Fund

The Staunton Music Guild recently accepted a $1,000 check in honor of the late Ray Houser during the closing ceremonies of the Greater Augusta Chamber of Commerce’s Good Times, Tastes & Traditions Festival.

Long-time Chamber supporter, community advocate and local radio personality Ray Houser died in May. The donation will go towards the Ray Houser Music Scholarship, which the Staunton Music Guild awarded for the first time in 2012.

The SMG scholarship was created in honor of Ray Houser’s legacy in the Staunton area. Houser has been a memorable figure in the Staunton community since 1946 when he first started working in local radio. Born blind, Houser “miraculously” recovered his sight and went on to graduate from the Virginia School for the Deaf and Blind, performed in a dance band, ran several businesses, served on the boards for local non-profits, assisted with local concert series—all while hosting a variety of radio programs.

The Staunton Music Guild is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization whose mission is to support the performance and growth of music in the Staunton area through promotion, education and community outreach.

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