Cheryl Holcomb, First Interstate Bank Gillette WY

I just got back from the concert and I would say that it was a complete success! The kids were engaged, the music was great, and the school administrators were very happy with the program. We had several bank employees show for the event, and they were all very impressed with the show. It was wonderful working with you to bring this program here to Gillette, and I hope that we will be able to work together again in the future. Good luck with your upcoming shows… I’m sure they’ll all be as successful as ours. – Cheryl Holcomb, First Interstate Bank Gillette WY

Andrew Borgialli, Teacher Gillette, WY

Campbell County High School (WY) had the honor of hosting GOODING and Funding the Future Live today as they shared the importance of Financial Literacy! We had this group come when I taught in Cheyenne and they did a great performance then and an Awesome show today!!! I think all parts of education are important, but as a Business Teacher, I’m biased in promoting how extremely important personal finance education is! Thank you to First Interstate Bank for sponsoring our show. – Andrew Borgialli, Teacher

High School Senior, Lincoln, NE

When you guys came to my school and talked about how you made your dream come true it made me think about me future and where I might be 10 years from now… Thank you for the inspiration and advice on saving early. – High School Senior, Lincoln, NE

Jenny Resnick, Associate Professor Accounting, Santa Monica College Santa Monica, CA

The impression about the event was quite unanimous – everyone who experienced it said they were impressed, moved or inspired. This event has truly surpassed our expectation in every possible way. Based on a show of hands at the event, the majority of the students who attended have never learned financial planning. They were exactly the audience we wanted to attract, and we are hopeful that this event will leave a good impression that motivates them to learn more – Jenny Resnick, Associate Professor, Accounting, Santa Monica College

Paul Hirsch, Principal, STEM Academy/Helen Bernstein Academy Hollywood, CA

Thank you so much for the Assembly yesterday! It was a huge success! I wasn’t able to visualize a rock concert around financial literacy until we experienced it and the kids loved it! Thank you! – Paul Hirsch, Principal, STEM Academy/Helen Bernstein Academy

Ken Wlos, Vice Principal, Salisbury Composite High School, Sherwood park, AB

Excellent source of information on financial planning that was curriculum and age specific that engaged our student’s to think about their future!. – Ken Wlos, Vice Principal, Salisbury Composite High School, Sherwood park, AB

Lisa Detanna, Managing Director and Senior Vice President, Investments Global Wealth Solutions Group of Raymond James

Awesome…..music transcends all ….. it is a fresh way to reach out to our youth and engage them in learning, planning, and preparing for their financial future….. start early and avoid others missteps! The kids got their lightbulbs turned on and the concert captured and enticed them to act, listen and learn. — Lisa Detanna, Managing Director and Senior Vice President, Investments Global Wealth Solutions Group of Raymond James

Jennifer Davidson, President, Nebraska Council on Economic Education

Hosting Gooding in Nebraska was a fabulous 3 day event. We coordinated 4 shows at 4 schools in 3 days. It was a crazy schedule and the amount of energy and stamina the band provides is simply amazing. Students are so responsive to the innovative delivery method. I highly recommend hosting this special financial literacy concert. It is an exciting way to get students to start to think about the importance of saving early, being financial wise, and making good decisions. – Jennifer Davidson, President, Nebraska Council on Economic Education

Student

You guys did great. I think that what you guys are doing will make a great improvement in the school and community. I’m glad that someone is talking about this and teaching kids and adults that debt isn’t always the answer and as long as you put your mind to it and discipline yourself to not buy things you don’t need. I would love to see you guys again. You guys are amazing and keep up the great work. High School Sophomore, Wahoo, NE

Tim Friess, Principal, Great Bend High School, Great Bend, KS

Gooding provided a simple but extremely important message to our seniors about financial literacy and did it in a way that EVERYONE could enjoy it! They are an outstanding group of musicians and their performance is one that I would recommend to anyone! Don’t pass up the opportunity to have Gooding come to your school and present their message! They are not only great musicians but outstanding people as well! It is a privilege to have them come to GBHS! — Tim Friess, Principal, Great Bend High School, Great Bend, KS

John Coyne, President/CEO, Big Horn Federal Savings Bank, Greybull, WY

It was really special and the thanks goes to you. We will have them back (if they are willing) and I really appreciated how real and down to earth the band was with the kids. I asked Gooding if he would be willing to meet the kids in the special needs programs (life skills) and he was very gracious. He said yes on top of everything else they were doing. The impact he made on that group of 5 kids will be felt for a life time. This was the single best donation/give away that I have ever been associated with. The impact will be real…… So again….THANK YOU! – John Coyne, President/CEO, Big Horn Federal Savings Bank, Greybull, WY

Ken Wlos, Vice Principal, Salisbury Composite High School, Sherwood park, AB

Excellent source of information on financial planning that was curriculum and age specific that engaged our student’s to think about their future! – — Ken Wlos, Vice Principal, Salisbury Composite High School, Sherwood park, AB

Anne Davis, Director Community Investment, United Way Greater Victoria

It was clear that the youth were engaged in the event from the moment they walked into the concert hall. They knew it was all about them and that is exactly the way we need them to think about their own financial futures. The message right on target – be careful about credit cards, payday loans and it’s never too early to learn about investments and Tax Free Savings Accounts – and the delivery was packaged exactly the way our youth will remember it – delivered within a rock concert by musicians who shared stories about their own financial mistakes. – Anne Davis, Director Community Investment, United Way Greater Victoria

Diane Campbell, B.Ed, YAA,Yoga, CALM, Salisbury Composite High School, Sherwood Park, AB

Our students enjoyed an innovative way to receive the message of financial awareness and responsibility. Gooding’s message through music makes the topic of financial literacy and sustainable economic growth easy for the students to understand and relate to. In today’s multimedia driven culture, the concert was the perfect venue to peak young people’s interest and inject important financial information. Kids need to hear this message and the Funding the Future Gooding Band Tour along with Raymond James Investments sheds light on the economic pitfalls of growing up. – Diane Campbell, B.Ed, YAA, Yoga, CALM Salisbury Composite High School, Sherwood Park, AB

Corrinne, Canadian Parent

I would like to pass along some words of praise that were given to me by the ATB Call Centre. Sometime ago I guess Gooding Music came into the school & played music for about an hour then they were talking to the kids about finance. My daughter had come home saying that she needed to open a saving account and could she get a credit card to get a good credit rating by using the credit card to buy one thing & pay it off. Back when we were picking options for Grade 10 I tried to get her to take a personal finance option, I was not successful. This presentation taught her in one after noon what her father & I had been trying to teach her since she started getting an allowance.
ATB was absolutely thrilled to hear why I was calling to make an appointment for my daughter to get a savings account; they wanted to know which school my daughter attended. They said that often in the banking world they get young people who really don’t have a clue on what a bank is for or how they would go about getting a mortgage. They encouraged my daughter to call in anytime she had a question about finances and assured me that they don’t bite! I just wanted to pass along a thank you very much for reaching a teenage girl with some very practical advice. – Corrinne, Canadian Parent

Jennifer Davidson, President, Nebraska Council on Economic Education

Hosting Gooding in Nebraska was a fabulous 3 day event. We coordinated 4 shows at 4 schools in 3 days. It was a crazy schedule and the amount of energy and stamina the band provides is simply amazing. Students are so responsive to the innovative delivery method. I highly recommend hosting this special financial literacy concert. It is an exciting way to get students to start to think about the importance of saving early, being financial wise, and making good decisions. -Jennifer Davidson, President, Nebraska Council on Economic Education

Sacha Millstone, Senior Vice President, Millstone Evans Group of Raymond James

Music is so powerful as a carrier of this financial literacy message because it impacts your emotions and your brain in a particular and documented way. We all know this to be true because we have all had the experience of being at a music event and having all our senses open in such a way that our memories of the experience are very vivid years later. This is called “sonic branding” and it is what happens at Gooding’s events and it is exactly why they are so powerful.The involvement of Gooding, and the use of music could enhance many of the financial education and literacy efforts we are involved in – Sacha Millstone, Senior Vice President, Millstone Evans Group of Raymond James

Lisa Detanna, Managing Director and Senior Vice President, Investments Global Wealth Solutions Group of Raymond James

Awesome…..music transcends all ….. it is a fresh way to reach out to our youth and engage them in learning, planning, and preparing for their financial future….. start early and avoid others missteps! The kids got their lightbulbs turned on and the concert captured and enticed them to act, listen and learn. – Lisa Detanna, Managing Director and Senior Vice President, Investments Global Wealth Solutions Group of Raymond James

Susan Hebert, Chief Executive Officer Executive Director, Excelsior Youth Center

Our girls and staff had a great time at the concert and learned so much! We are so grateful for your support sponsoring the Gooding concert. After the Gooding concert we launched a new financial literacy class. The girls were so engaged in the class regularly asked questions they heard from the concert. The financial literacy teachers shared that the girls were more engaged in this class than other classes and eager to learn. The hope you provided and the financial literacy skills Gooding taught helps them develop skills and resources needed for a future of endless possibilities. We are so grateful to you for making this possible. – Susan Hebert, Chief Executive Officer Executive Director, Excelsior Youth Center

Accounting Faculty, Montgomery County Community College, Pottstown, PA

I want to tell you how impressed I was with today’s presentation…. and that is just an echo of the students’ comments. I think this was a fantastic program. I hope now that we have been exposed to it, we can bring it back in the future or programs like it. This is “real life” education. – Accounting Faculty, Montgomery County Community College, Pottstown, PA

Thank you so much for visiting my school!! It’s awesome how you make finances relatable and seem possible to keep a hold of! I can’t think of a better way to learn about my future than after a rock concert.