Dear Editor:

It has taken a while to get our words and thoughts together, but with time and prayer, we now hope to finally convey our sincere gratitude to the citizens of Sedalia and to those who were involved in making the Jordan Ali Halane Music Scholarship (JAHMS) a reality.

The JAHMS Benefit Concert was an incredible event – everything was handled with such excellence, transparency and compassion. We can’t say thank you enough for upholding Jordan’s memory in such a phenomenal way. The care, respect, the dignity and the love for Jordan was evident, and we are truly grateful.

To Brent Ryan, Tarah Toellner and Gena Swearingen – we appreciate you for your vision, dedication and genuine devotion to Jordan and to making the JAHMS possible. To all of the people who quietly helped to make the benefit concert a success, we thank you. Thank you to the Sedalia School District Foundation as the keepers of Jordan’s dream. There will be many students who will have the opportunity to pursue their own dreams due to all of your efforts.

We would like to use a quote from President John F. Kennedy, and it says:

“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.”

Jordan’s life made a huge impact on the lives of so many others, and that impact will now continue on through the JAHMS. His legacy will continue to be a light of hope for future scholars and their music endeavors.

God bless you, and thank you.

The Family of Jordan Ali Halane

Ali and Carla Halane, Claire Casuyon Halane, Kheyra Halane Horton, and Dr. Morgan K. Halane

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