TEMPLE BETH AMI CONGREGATION - HFM Community - Rockville, MD
To celebrate Larry Eschler's 10 year anniversary as Cantor, Temple Beth Ami Congregation in Rockville, MD collected over two dozen instruments to us, including several violins which enabled us to get over $2,000 in credit for future violins at Potter's Violins in Bethesda, MD to donate to a deserving child. While this already was a great story, the congregation's generosity led to making one girl's dream of owning a banjo come true. After Hungry for Music's application deadline, a Mom in Kentucky requested an instrument for her daughter with mitochondrial disease who found inspiration through music. Here is an excerpt from her touching letter to us:
She is a very shy, reserved, and anxious child. It's not often that she will speak to or look at a stranger, or even people she's met a few times. However, music tends to capture her in a way nothing else can. I once met with an old friend from high school, whom Emily had never met. We went to her childhood home, where her parents still live. They were a very musical family. Emily was her usual self, not speaking or interacting. However, at one point my friend's dad began playing his new guitar, and Emily simply got up, walked out of the room and sat down in front of this man she'd never met, mesmerized. It was amazing and I'd love to give her the opportunity to lose herself like that on her own, especially when her life isn't always easy. I have found a few local places that I'm working with right now to see if I can work out getting her lessons, but I can't really commit to anything without an instrument."
In the variety of collected instruments we noticed a banjo case. When we looked inside, there was a banjo that was in perfect condition. It had hardly been played. We knew immediately where it was going. Her daughter is enrolled in a program called "Passing the Pick and Bow" and well on her musical journey way with a banjo to call her own, which she opened just in time for Christmas. We are so happy to be part in helping her nurture her new found talent.