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Ramonas Gift to Music is a foundation named in memory of Ramona Cuellar Mangione. Ramona was a talented clarinetist and a graduate of Copiague High School. She began playing at an early age due in large part to her father, who had a passion for music, which he passed on to his three children.
Ramona was an honored music student who gained accolades in NYSSMA, All State Band, All County band, and performed private Recitals under the tutelage of renowned clarinetist Naomi Drucker.
At the young age of 24 Ramona passed away from Arteriovenous Malformation on June 27th,1990. Since that time, an award has been provided to a Copiague student who has excelled in music in Ramonas name.
To grow and expand the gift of music, Ramonas Gift To Music Foundation has been created to continue the gift of music to children in Ramona's name. Snce the Foundation began, the scholarship program has been expanded to include two graduating seniors from Copaigue High School along with students from other music programs. Ramona's Gift to Music also supports a variety of music programs geared toward children and specific musical performances by children.