It started with an idea inspired by Joseph Kayne’s grandmother: Enrich the lives of people who are in need through the power of music.
It grew into an official Indian Hill High School student club: The Power of Music.
Now, The Power of Music is a fully-operational nonprofit organization with an official mission: Enhance the lives of people who are isolated or detached from the broader community – people seeking shelter, people seeking medical care, and people in nursing homes – by connecting with them and bringing them the joy of live music performed by high school students.
The student who founded it, Indian Hill High School senior Joseph Kayne, will take center stage as the Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy Award recipient for the 2022 National Philanthropy Day, sponsored by the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Greater Cincinnati Chapter.
“I'm honored and grateful to receive this award,” said Kayne. “The award really belongs to all the students who worked long hours together, traveling to soup kitchens, food pantries, healthcare facilities, senior residences, and programs for disabled in the Greater Cincinnati area to bring comfort to people isolated from our broader community.
“We believe in the wellness and connective power of music and are excited to be recognized in such a big way. I would especially like to thank Mr. Clark for his guidance and support through the years and his dedication to The Power of Music.”
Kayne’s nomination was supported by Indian Hill High School Vocal Music Director and The Power of Music Board Member Jeff Clark, along with leaders of various organizations including, Inter Parish Ministry Food Pantry and the Cincinnati Academy of Performing Arts.
“What Joseph has inspired is quite unique, and it absolutely deserves to be celebrated on this prestigious stage,” said Clark. “We are very proud of him.”
According to their website, the National Philanthropy Day Program is the annual, signature event at which people representing businesses, nonprofits, philanthropists, and volunteers come together to celebrate a vibrant philanthropic community. Kayne will be recognized for his dedication and long hours devoted to community service, and specifically for his ideation and implementation of The Power of Music.
“I am so proud of Joseph for his commitment to public service,” said Jody Yetzer, Kayne’s mother. “This award is a reflection of his passion for helping others, and I couldn’t be happier. We are grateful for the Indian Hill School District’s support for and encouragement of Joseph through the years. Empowering students to be leaders is one of greatest gifts our schools and mentors can give to the next generation.”
Photo caption: Indian Hill High School senior Joseph Kayne was awarded the Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy Award for the 2022 National Philanthropy Day celebration sponsored by the Association of Fundraising Professionals Greater Cincinnati Chapter.