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Drew’s Tunes’ annual fundraiser to celebrate life of Drew Boswell and support clinical research into Sudden Unexplained Death in Childhood

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On November 27, 2012, Georgia and Devron Boswell welcomed their first child into the world, a bouncing baby boy they named Drew Joseph Boswell. Over the next fifteen months, Drew did what most New Orleanians do…he ate (and ate some more), he danced (and danced some more), and above all, he enjoyed his music! “Drew was constantly ‘playing’ an array of instruments including kazoos, bongos, and his favorite little red piano!” laughed mom Georgia Boswell.
On the night of March 11, 2014 after a happy and fun evening, Georgia and Devron laid a smiling baby Drew down in his crib for bed. Unfortunately, as night turned into morning, tragedy struck. “When we went to wake up our little man the next morning on March 12, he had passed away in his sleep,” said Georgia. “In that instant, the world as we knew it was gone. The preliminary results revealed no cause for Drew’s passing. There were many unanswered questions that day.”
On the day of Drew’s passing, March 12, 2014, Georgia and Devron came up with Drew’s Tunes, a non-profit organization with a mission to celebrate and honor Drew’s life by providing musical instruments to children and supporting clinical research into Sudden Unexplained Death in Childhood (SUDC), the sudden unexplained death of a child over the age of one which remains unexplained after a thorough case investigation is conducted.
Since its inception, Drew’s Tunes has been able to provide over $162,000 for music education and research for SUDC thus far, in addition to having donated over 1,800 music instruments to 2,000 children in our community.
On Saturday, August 26, Drew’s Tunes will be holding their annual fundraiser, the 4th annual Drew’s Tunes Bowl-A-Thon at Fulton Alley (600 Fulton St.), to continue to honor Drew and further the mission of Drew’s Tunes. “The Bowl-A-Thon will be a fun, family-friendly atmosphere at Fulton Alley with lots of bowling, a silent auction, raffles, and live music by The Topcats and The Presciptions.. Although bowling teams are sold out, there are plenty of general admission tickets available for $20 in advance and $25 at the door, which includes two drinks and a good time!” 
For Georgia and Devron, there’s not a day that goes by that they don’t think of their baby boy. “When I think of Drew, I think of his big smile. I think of how sweet his spirit was and how much love he gave to everyone he met,” Georgia said. “Drew loved music most of all and dancing to his favorite song, ‘Move It, Move It.’ My arms literally ache for him and there is no way to articulate how much we hurt for our baby boy. Despite all the grief, it is impossible not to smile when thinking about Drew.”
She concluded, “Words cannot describe the joy these instruments bring to the faces of these children. To add happiness to their lives is a beautiful thing. Music is the thread that connects our community and to be able to be a part of that in Drew’s memory is a blessing.”

WHAT: Drew’s Tunes 4th Annual Bowl-A-Thon
WHEN: Saturday, August 26 (12:30pm-5:30pm)
WHERE: Fulton Alley (600 Fulton St.)

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