Election leads to $1,000 for Aberdeen music program

The results of Tuesday night’s election weren’t just good news for Grays Harbor Community Hospital supporters — they also meant $1,000 in new funds for the Aberdeen School District’s music program.

The money will come from Aberdeen City Councilman Jeff Cook, who pledged that he would make the donation if the hospital district measure were to pass in the Aug. 5 election.

He plans to officially present a check with his donation at the August Music Boosters meeting.

Cook said he was inspired to make the donation while attending a fundraiser for the Music Boosters back in May.

“I’m really passionate about the hospital and it becoming financially stable, and I’m passionate about our schools and the music program,” Cook said. “I said to myself that if the hospital district passes, then I’ll donate that money to the Music Boosters.”

He said he was worried that the measure wouldn’t pass, and was “shocked” when he saw the results. Cook then called Grays Harbor County Auditor Vern Spatz to see if there was any chance that the measure could fail once all the votes are counted. About 2,900 additional votes will be counted Friday.

“I guess it’s mathematically possible that it could fail, but it’s not likely,” Cook said.

Cook said he was motivated to make the donation because of his love for the districts’ music program — especially the marching band.

“They practice in my neighborhood and I can’t help going outside to watch,” Cook said. “It’s a great program.”


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