Monday, December 22, 2008

PayPal Issue - Please Bear with Us

Sixten's Foundation is experiencing a problem with its PayPal account, and you may be unable to pay for your auction item or make a donation for the time being. We have been told by PayPal that this is due to an unusual amount of activity related to the auction, and we have complied with the information request they sent to us.

Basically, since this was our first online auction with eBay (connected to PayPal), they got a little concerned that so much commerce was taking place by a new seller(Sixten's Foundation) all at once. They wanted to be assured that this was all legitimate and asked us for shipping verification numbers of items we've sent and other information, and we provided that to them. It is our hope that they verify this as quickly as possible and remove the PayPal restriction about accepting payment.

If you purchased an item and wish to pay for it, you can still mail your payment to:

Sixten's Foundation, Inc.
P.O. Box 420
Glenn Dale, MD 20769

If you send a money order or bank or cashier's check, the item(s) you purchase will go out by the next business day. If you send a personal check, the item(s) will be sent as soon as it clears the Sixten's Foundation bank account. Please make checks payable to Sixten's Foundation and indicate the item description or eBay number on the check.

We apologize for the inconvenience and are working to resolve this as quickly as we can. Thank you again for your generosity and support of Sixten's Foundation!

Robert Kurz
Anna Helm Kurz

Tuesday, December 16, 2008


We are so completely grateful, humbled and astonished at the success of the first “Conduct This!” auction to benefit Sixten’s Foundation. We received approximately 40 musical instruments, musical items and related services, generously donated by people like you, and often complete strangers to this foundation and our family. Once they were posted on eBay, the bidding was fast, furious and determined, and the foundation raised approximately $30,000! Again, wow!

By way of a brief background, Sixten’s Foundation was established to provide improved education for children with cerebral palsy and related disabilities through conductive education. Our mission is to make conductive education available in public school systems such as what we’ve done in Prince George’s County, Maryland. This pilot program is running now through the 2008-2009 school year and has been funded by Sixten’s Foundation. The costs for the first year, including bringing specialized conductive education instructor Robert Demeter to the United States from the Peto Institute in Hungary, will exceed $75,000 -- so we’re halfway there.

We wanted to let you know for many of the items, we had to set reserve prices we felt were fair to the bidders, the donors of the items and services and the foundation. It would have been difficult, and inappropriate, for us to sell the items too inexpensively. We hope you understand.

That said, if you bid on an item and it did not reach the reserve, please do not hesitate to contact us at with an offer. We promise you we will seriously consider all reasonable offers. The items that remain unsold will we reposted in another auction probably in the spring. If you did successfully bid on an item, we are finalizing the auction now and will be contacting you about final shipping charges and payment.

Again, thank you again for your enthusiastic support. If you weren’t in the market for anything we had to offer through the auction and still want to help, please consider making a donation through our PayPal account here. We still have plenty of work to do.

Best regards,

Robert Kurz and Anna Helm Kurz
Sixten’s Parents

Friday, December 12, 2008

A Very Special Opportunity for Music Lovers.

Sixten’s Foundation is proud and humbled to have received the tremendous support of some of the finest musicians in the country in such a thoughtful and original way. And you, the bidders, benefit from their remarkable generosity.

These latest additions to the Conduct This! Auction to support Sixten’s Foundation are truly once in a lifetime opportunities and include:

o A private bass session of two hours with Max Dimoff, the Principal Bassist with the Cleveland Orchestra.
o A private, two-hour bass session with Harold “Hal” Robinson, the Principal Bassist with the Philadelphia Orchestra.
o A private, one-hour bass lesson with Robert Oppelt, Principal Bassist with the National Symphony (Washington, DC).
o A private, one-hour bass lesson with Jeffrey Turner, Principal Bassist with the Pittsburgh Symphony.
o A private, one-hour bass lesson with Robert Barney, Principal Bassist of the Baltimore Symphony.
o A private, one-hour bass lesson with Nick Walker, Assistant Professor at the Ithaca College School of Music and world renowned performer.

Complete details on these gentlemen and the sessions or lessons are available at It should be noted that most of these amazing musicians do not usually even offer private sessions or lessons and are doing it simply to support Sixten’s Foundation. We cannot thank them enough, and we encourage you to bid on these opportunities for yourself or a loved one.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Auction Update!

Please check out the latest (late) addition to the Conduct This! Sixten's Foundation Auction. It is an Eastman Strings Model 905 7/8 size bass with 5 strings! Bidding for this item will also end on Monday, December 15, so there will be plenty of time to get it to you for the holidays! See the listing, and all of the other remarkable items, here!

And if you are not in the market for one of these fine musical instruments or items, Sixten's Foundation needs and appreciates donations of any amount to help up continue our mission of helping children with cerebral palsy and related disabilities. All major credit cards are accepted through our PayPal link here.

Thank you for your tremendous enthusiasm and support.

More Auction news soon! Watch this space!

Monday, December 8, 2008

The Conduct This! Auction is Live

The time you've been waiting for is here.

We have uploaded 35 amazing and wonderful (and wonderfully priced) musical instruments, accessories, services and more. Visit the auction at and show your support for Sixten's Foundation and win exciting musical items in time for the holidays. Remember, the auction ends on December 15, so there is plenty of time to have them shipped to you or your family, friend, colleague or anyone else on your list!

Thanks again for your patience and interest, and happy bidding!

Sunday, December 7, 2008

We're ALMOST Ready!

The "Conduct This!" Charity Auction is almost ready. We received such an abundance of excellent donations, that we are still uploading them onto the auction site. Please bookmark this page at and check to this space back a little later on Monday. The auction will begin today as promised. Thank you for your interest, and we wish you the best of luck bidding!