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Local music programs get $10,000 from Gypsum company

Connie Steiert
Vail CO, Colorado

GYPSUM ” The match seemed perfect. Some local schools’ music programs were short on funding, and music is an extracurricular passion at Integrity Mortgage of the Rockies in Gypsum.

Last week, the people at Integrity Mortgage of the Rockies found a way to combine music and business. On March 30, the company handed out a $10,000 donation to area music programs.

“Music is very important in my world,” said Jamie Sanchez, president of Integrity Mortgage. Sanchez plays the guitar recreationally, and brother-in-law Sean Paxson is a guitarist and singer with his band, Derringer. Two other employees also play the guitar and keyboard, and Sanchez’s oldest son plays the trumpet and guitar.

“We decided (music) was what we wanted to support,” Sanchez said.

Five thousand dollars of the donation went to the Vail Jazz Foundation’s Jazz Goes to School Program.

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Vail Jazz Foundation’s Robin Litt said the money will be used to introduce the horn section, trumpet and saxophone into the 2007-08 school session.

Integrity Mortgage also awarded $2,500 each to music programs at Berry Creek Middle School and Edwards Elementary School. Edwards Elementary School plans to put the donation toward a keyboard system.

“They literally didn’t have the money to buy instruments,” said Paxson, vice president of sales at Integrity.

Integrity Mortgage opened its Gypsum office two months ago, but some employees have been around for years. Sanchez and some of his family have lived in the mountains for 14 years. Paxson’s father, John, along with Sanchez, started the business.

“We believe in being enlightened business owners and giving back to the community that helped us achieve that success,” Sanchez said.

Litt and Integrity first linked up through local radio station KZYR’s Jazz at Its Peak program with Tony Gulizia. They created a challenge to raise money through the mortgage company.

Integrity Mortgage designated February and March of this year as music appreciation months. The company donated $500 from every loan closed in those months to music programs.

Integrity Mortgage of the Rockies is located at 106 Oakridge Drive, Suite 201, by Alpine Bank in Gypsum. For more information, call 328-6591.

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