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FAU Receives Gift from Michael and DeeDee Groskin to Establish Duprees Music Scholarship
BOCA RATON , FL (May 11, 2007) – Their smooth and distinctive sound has entertained generations of fans for close to 45 years. With ease and style, the four singers who are The Duprees continue to perform and record romantic standards, outlasting many of their “doo wop” and rock and roll contemporaries. To honor this celebrated group’s contribution to popular music, Florida Atlantic University benefactors Michael and DeeDee Groskin have made a recent gift to FAU’s Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters. The gift, named “The Duprees Endowed Music Scholarship Founded by Michael and DeeDee Groskin,” will be awarded to FAU music majors or minors who fulfill the determined criteria. The Groskins have also previously established the “DeeDee and Michael Groskin Family Foundation” which provides scholarships and other charitable givings to deserving students who are working while enrolled in FAU.
Michael Groskin, a member of FAU’s Foundation board from 2001 – 2007, decided to honor The Duprees after the group performed at the Groskin’s anniversary reception in Florida. Groskin and wife, DeeDee, attended concerts featuring The Duprees, and over the years, a friendship has formed. Now, by creating this endowed scholarship fund, the Groskins will pay tribute to The Duprees, while at the same time help deserving music students.
“DeeDee and I are pleased that this scholarship will provide opportunities to talented young musicians in FAU’s School of the Arts,” said Groskin. “Because of The Duprees’ legacy and their connection to our era of pop music, I thought it would be fitting to name this scholarship in their honor. Perhaps one day a recipient of this scholarship will experience the kind of success that The Duprees have had.”
New Jersey born and based, the original members of The Duprees shared a love of vocal harmony. They attribute their fame to legendary rock and roll impresario and disc jockey Murray the K, who helped launch their career and first hit, “You Belong To Me,” in 1962.
. The Duprees continue to perform their repertoire of classics at venues throughout the Northeast and across the country on tour. “Being part of the Duprees is like being part of a wonderful family,” said Tony Testa, one of its members. “I think each year our engagement calendar gets fuller.”
Humbled by the Groskins’ generosity and honored by the scholarship’s name, The Duprees have agreed to perform in concert to benefit FAU. This concert will take place at FAU’s Carole and Barry Kaye Performing Arts Auditorium annually beginning in the winter season of 2008. “To have our name associated with this scholarship leaves me speechless,” said Testa.
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Florida Atlantic University opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University serv es more than 26,000 undergraduate and graduate students on seven campuses strategically located along 150 miles of Florida's southeastern coastline. Building on its rich tradition as a teaching university, with a world-class faculty, FAU hosts nine colleges: the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts & Letters, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Biomedical Science, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Barry Kaye College of Business and the Colleges of Education, Engineering & Computer Science, and Architecture, Urban & Public Affairs.