The Benno Fritz Memorial Fund

The Benno Fritz Memorial Fund

The Benno Fritz Memorial Fund was established to honor the memory of our beloved teacher, mentor, and band director. Gifts to the fund will benefit the George Washington University band program. To give online, please visit

Department of Music Partners with NBC4’s Wednesday’s Child

July 17, 2014

The Department of Music had a special visitor this past week – Dechell, an engaging 15-year-old girl who loves the visual and performing arts. She is also a Wednesday’s Child. Every week, Wednesday’s Child features children who are waiting in foster care to be adopted, or success stories of families who have been adopted from foster care. Hosted by Barbara Harrison, the NBC4 Washington, DC, television segments highlight each child’s special personality and interests.

Dechell is very interested in drumming, dancing, and drawing, and visited GW for a drumming lesson with GW’s percussion professor, Joseph Connell. Dechell has been in foster care for about a year now, and the DC Child and Family Services agency is seeking a permanent adoptive parent for her. She really wants a mom who will attend to her needs, special performances, and help with high school schoolwork that she finds challenging.

Wednesday’s Child airs Wednesdays during the 5:00 pm news on NBC4 Washington, Thursdays during the 11:00 am news, and Sundays during the 9:00 am news. Hundreds of children in the metropolitan region have found an adoptive family after appearing on Wednesday’s Child.

To view Dechell’s segment at GW and other Wednesday’s Child segments, click here.