Mary Peavey Joins National Board of Afterschool Alliance

The Afterschool Alliance today announced the appointment of Mary Peavey to its board of directors. The Meridian-based Peavey is the President of Peavey Electronics Corporation. She has been an active supporter of afterschool programs and the Afterschool Alliance since 2005, and helped make history last year when she was part of the team that helped make Mississippi the first state to offer a car tag that benefits afterschool programs. The new tags carry the slogan, "Afterschool is Key."

The Afterschool Alliance works at the national, state and local levels to make afterschool programs available to all families. It organizes Lights On Afterschool, the nationwide celebration of afterschool programs held each October. Last year, more than 7,500 Lights On Afterschool rallies drew more than one million participants from coast to coast, including an event in Meridian sponsored by Peavey Electronics featuring American Idol's Bo Bice. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is the national chair of Lights On Afterschool. The 8th annual Lights On Afterschool will take place on October 18, 2007.

"Mary Peavey is a powerful champion for afterschool programs whose commitment and dedication to our nation's children is remarkable. We are thrilled to have her join our board and know we will benefit from her vast enthusiasm and wonderfully creative ideas," said Afterschool Alliance executive director Jodi Grant. "From sponsoring youth-led concerts to donating musical equipment to encourage children's musical talents, Mary has helped keep kids safe and engaged in positive enrichment activities afterschool. We look forward to working even more closely with her to give all children access to the afterschool programs that keep kids safe, inspire them to learn and help working families."

Since 2005, Peavey Electronics Corporation has been actively supporting the advancement of afterschool for all children. In 2005, Peavey hosted a "lobby day" with NAMM for music in afterschool and hosted Meridian's first Lights On Afterschool. "Afterschool hours are an uncertain time for our nation's kids and families, and that shouldn't be the case," Peavey said. "Through high-quality afterschool programs, kids can explore new talents, such as music and dance, and continue to learn after the school day in a fun, safe environment with caring adults. Peavey Electronics Corporation is known throughout the world as a leader in bringing sound and soundtracks to people's lives. I am delighted to strengthen my relationship with the Afterschool Alliance and look forward to helping kids everywhere discover their own music and explore a world of opportunities afterschool." To find out more, visit www.peavey.com.