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May 25, 2014
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May 25, 2014
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A HUGE thank you to Mr. Weller and the Foundation to Assist Young Musicians. My son has been faced with so many challenges in his young life and music has always been a shelter in the storms. On top of everything else, I became unemployed and his mother was diagnosed with cancer. With these two things our financial resources quickly dried up.

Derek has been playing double bass for several years now and he has had to borrow instruments to practice and perform with. He has goals of one day playing in college and possibly professionally and desperately needed his own instrument to help him along this path. We had no way to provide this for him. It was at this point that FAYM entered our lives.

We were told of FAYM by a good friend. We contacted Mr. Weller and he and his network of wonderful people took a personal interest in our son. We are just so humbled and grateful for the amazing work that FAYM did searching for and finding an instrument for our son. Mr. Weller and his colleagues found an instrument, met with us and the former owner, inspected it and, quite unexpectedly, even purchased it for Derek!

We are absolutely blown away by the generosity, kindness and compassion of FAYM and we are eternally grateful for all they have done for our family. We look forward to building a relationship with them and doing what we can to help another child have the kind of smile that my son had when given the gift of music.

Thank you FAYM!

Rob Grace
Las Vegas, NV

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

May 17, 2012

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May 17, 2012

Mr Weller, the Trustee of the Foundation, together with my adult kids made it possible for me to attend my youngest son's, Krzysztof, graduation recital at the Eastman School of Music in April, 2012. Krzysztof, the first protege of the Foundation, has been able to develop his skills as a violinist and musician for the last four years and in three days’ time Krzysztof is going to graduate from Eastman School of Music with Bachelor of Music degree. If not the Foundation's financial support and Mr Weller's constant encouragement, Kristof's dream of studying in the USA would have remained only an unfullfilled dream. I am so happy, proud, grateful and just amazed that Mr Weller and his Foundation not only have provided Krzysztof with such wonderful education, but also made it possible for me and Kris to be together at Krzysztof’s important moment of life. It meant so much for us. Thank you, Mr Weller!!!

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

April 12, 2012

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April 12, 2012

As the first recipient of the FAYM Fellowship Award I take great pride and honor in knowing that this non-profit is truly dedicated to bringing music back into our culture and giving the "forgotten children" a warm welcome into the music world. FAYM provides assistance in scholarship form to musicians all across the world! My role with the organization is coordinator of the Violins for Kids Project and media director for FAYM overall. I love doing what I do, the thing that I love best is probably seeing parents take an active role in the education of their children, some of them are even learning how to play the violin themselves! Last but not least I just can't say enough good words about the wonderful man behind FAYM. Hal has proved to me that there are still honest people who want nothing else than to accomplish something greater than yourself. He has served as a great mentor, role model, father figure and friend. If you want to give to an organization that impacts the lives of young musician's directly, please give to FAYM!

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

February 26, 2010
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February 26, 2010
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Harold Weller, Trustee of the Foundation, is an incredibly generous man. He put me in touch with Teller (of Penn & Teller) - a wonderful magician and one of the greatest creative minds in the world of theater. The foundation arranged for private meetings with Teller in Las Vegas, NV. Collaborating with Teller has been extremely inspirational. As a pianist and a magician, I've encountered mixed reviews from the conservative classical world regarding my concept of blending the two art forms into one performance. Mr. Weller, however, was always open to my new ideas. I'm impressed with the breadth of vision and imagination demonstrated by the foundation's principles. Thank you Harold Weller and thank you Foundation to Assist Young Musicians for making my dreams come true.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

I enjoyed open-minded, passionate people who aren't afraid of the unknown and who are able to take risks in order to achieve the best possible results.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

It could change the way art education functions in our schools and communities and consequently it could help create new generation of imaginative people

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 10, 2010

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February 10, 2010

I'm a piano student from Australia. In early 2008 I went to the United States, for auditions at the universities of Las Vegas and Colorado - these were organised by Maestro Weller. It was through his influence and that of FAYM, that I received a scholarship at the university of Las Vegas. Unfortunately due to personal circumstances I was not able to take up the offer, but I am very grateful for the opportunity and support that Maestro Weller and FAYM offered.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the great opportunities and support that Maestro Weller and FAYM offer to young musicians.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

February 7, 2010

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February 7, 2010

My name is Krzysztof Rucinski and I have had the great honour and privilage to be the very first protege of FAYM, who has not only been invited to give the first recitals and concerts that launched the foundation, but also have been given the wonderful chance to grow as a musician under the guidance of the top music teachers like Oleh Krysa, Cyrus Forough, Zvi Zetling and the Ying Quartet at one of the best music schools - the Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester. This would have never been possible to me, if Maestro Harold Weller hadn’t given me a helping hand in 2007. After having listened to my recordings, learning about my difficult financial situation and inviting me to concerts in December 2007, Maestro Weller has offered me FAYM’s incredible financial support and what most has been standing by me for all the days since then giving constant support and encouragement, what I appreciate and value so much. I am really grateful to Maestro Weller, the Committee members and all the FAYM collaborators and supporters for the GREAT chance I was given. I watch and admire how the Foundation is growing and expanding. It's great to see that FAYM takes care of more and more talented kids and young musicians from needy families. There are many foundations that help the talented ones, but FAYM’s support goes in the hands of the ones who really need it. Please help, the Foundation to grow. There are so many others who even don’t dare to dream of such support!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

changing of my life and enabling me to study music with the renowned teachers at the prestigous Eastman School of Music in the USA. Playing my first concerts with an orchestra and giving four recitals launching the Foundation to Assist Young Musicians.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the constant warm encouragment and help from the Trustee of the Foundation Maestro Harold Weller and other kind collaborators and supporters of the Foundation.I'm also very happy that FAYM made my dreams come true!

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Maestro Harold Weller, the Founder and Trustee of the Foundation, the members of FAYM Advisory Committee: Luana DeVol, Marilyn and Rodney LaRocque, Dr. Roman Rozycki and many many others

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

help many other talented musicians and talented young kids.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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