Monday, February 2, 2009

Success, Dust Settling and Thanks!

The “Conduct This!” auction to benefit Sixten’s Foundation was an unequivocal musical and financial success. It appears the foundation raised approximately $40,000 towards its $67,000 goal to cover expenses for the Conductive Education program for the 2008-2009 school year.

We would like to thank the many very generous donors who graciously offered fine musical instruments, bows, strings, lessons, services and other items. It was quite overwhelming to have this level of support from the musical community -- and from people neither Anna nor I have ever met.

Secondly, we would like to thank the bidders. We realize many of you had other options where you could purchase these items, but know that 100% of your bid went to our foundation and its efforts to help children with cerebral palsy and similar conditions.

And we would like to send out an important THANK YOU to Madeleine Crouch, the executive director of the International Society of Bassists. Her enthusiastic and generous efforts helped the foundation reach these important members of the musical community and insure our first auction was a success. Thank you, Madeleine!

We also wish to apologize again for the PayPal glitch towards the end of the auction. Apparently the eBay auction was "flagged" because of the volume of bidding and the dollars involved (we think). Since this was a new account with eBay and the foundation didn't really have a history with them, they have asked us for additional information about shipment of items and some other documentation. We're still waiting for some of those overseas items to be delivered so they can lift our PayPal restriction. In the meantime, if you would like to speak with us or arrange a donation, please call Robert Kurz or Anna Helm Kurz at 301.805.9406, e-mail Robert through or snail mail through this mail address:

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

Thank you again!