Tuesday, April 5th 2016: Today, those of us in the Songs For Kids family and the Atlanta community said goodbye to our dear friend and Songs For Kids Foundation co-founder Kendra Gurkin Dew after a year-long battle with cancer.
Kendra wasn't a musician or performer. She wasn't out front of the world receiving cheers, applause or accolades. She selflessly sacrificed time, energy, sleep and sanity working tirelessly in the background with us to make Songs For Kids successful and allow us to grow and reach the thousands of kids we now visit every year.
While Kendra wasn't a musician herself, she was definitely a member of Atlanta's music community, through her love of music and her support of the local music scene. Many of the greatest bands in Atlanta over the past decade count Kendra as not a fan, but as a close friend.
As we sorrow and grieve at Kendra's passing, we also take solace and comfort because of Kendra's faith and abiding love for God. Kendra was a devout Christian and an active and beloved member of her church and its community.
This was Kendra. As comfortable in a Bible study group as she was at a rock club listening to her favorite band. Managing Songs For Kids' finances and booking Songs For Kids' performers.
And patiently putting up with us: three frequently unruly and occasionally exasperating boys, for the past 10 years. The minutes of most Songs For Kids board meetings should probably include the item "drive Kendra crazy." To be fair, we were on the receiving end of quite a few eye rolls over the years...
At the end of the day, no matter what direction life has taken us, the four of us that founded Songs For Kids were not just a board. We were and remain best friends. We shared our lives together - birthdays, weddings, triumphs and heartbreaks.
To Zach Dew, Kendra's husband and faithful companion through her battle, we extend our love and condolences and our gratitude for taking such good care of our friend.
To those of you that support Songs For Kids, our work continues, including our current event schedule, as Kendra would insist we do.
To Kendra, thank you, we love you and we will miss you always,
Josh, Sanjay and Justin