Help replace Lyn's stolen instruments!

$2,462 of $500 goal

Raised by 41 people in 31 months
Heidi Stoermer  TACOMA, WA
Lyn Neal is a beloved musician and teacher from Tacoma, WA. At the age of 83, Lyn still competes locally, performs in several groups, and teaches violin, guitar, piano, and mandolin one day a week from her home. 

While undergoing cancer treatment, Lyn's home was robbed and many of her instruments were stolen, along with some of her medication. The instruments are not covered by insurance, so in order for her to continue making music and teaching the next generation, we need to raise funds to help replace her most-loved violin - the fiddle passed down from her father, who instilled in Lyn her love of music.

Lyn calculated her losses at $10k, although that estimate doesn't come close to the value of what's been lost - 5 violins, a Taylor guitar, a mandolin, and 3 instrument bows:

Violin: Lyons and Healy Chicago, IL (dark color)
Violin: Robert Glier ~1929 Ohio (light color)
Violin: Antique unlabeled Severely damaged and repaired Strung with octave low strings "Magini copy" (blonde color)
Electric Violin: Veta, with cable (regular body style, dark mahogany)
Electric Violin: Yamaha (modified electric body style, light shiny blue)
Guitar: Taylor (acoustic, no case, blonde color)
Mandolin: Lark In The Morning (no case, sunburst top)
Bow: Signature Chris English
Bow: Signature Phillip Stanley (repaired)
Cello bow: Signature Phillip Stanley

Please help us help Lyn, and bring music back to her life.

For more info, check out the story by KOMO News here.

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Update 14
30 months ago

We set out on March 2nd to raise enough funds to replace Lyn's most-loved fiddle. Since then, we've raised over $2k - enough for her to purchase one of the lovely violins that has been on loan to her for the last few weeks.

I'm ecstatic that Lyn has found a violin that feels right - it's a Stradivarius copy, with a fine neck and a warm tone. The violin is over 100 years old, and came to Lyn through Jim Ketterman, who found it with a family north of Everett.

For those of you still wanting to donate, please feel free - the leftover funds will help Lyn replace her bows and other lost instruments.

Lyn has one more chemo session on April 17th, then her doctors will reevaluate her prognosis. As sick as she's been, she still insists on holding a Monday afternoon jam and teaching one day a week. Incredible woman, our Lyn. Once the neuropathy passes, she'll be back to playing gigs in no time.

Thank you to all who've shared and donated - your generosity has made a real difference for Lyn. Together we have been able to right a wrong, and get Lyn playing again! We are deeply touched by your love and support.

Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Heidi
Lyn and her new fiddle!
Great video from our Benefit Jam & Feed!
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Update 13
30 months ago

Our total keeps ticking up - after fees, we've raised $2342 for Lyn!

A few folks have asked if they can send a check, and the answer is YES! You can make checks out to Lyn Neal - if you need the address, please send me a private message.

Since donations continue to come in, I will leave the campaign open for now. I also want to be able to reach all of you once Lyn picks out a new fiddle, and share some photos with you. So, while this page may remain fairly dormant, you can still share, donate, and contact us via GoFundMe.

Thank you for your generosity and love - I think Lyn was a bit overwhelmed when I shared all of this with her after our benefit. She is so grateful to all of you, far and wide, for giving her the gift of music once again.

H.
1928 at Bob's Keg and Cork in Yakima
1928 at the Blackberry Festival
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Update 12
30 months ago

This weekend was a whirlwind of love and support for Lyn. We raised just over $900 at our benefit jam on Saturday, and donations are still trickling in. After fees, that brings the total donations collected to $2137!!

We also received a generous offer of a used violin, which will be making it's way to Lyn soon. Even if it won't work as her primary instrument, her students will be able to use it during their lessons. This is an incredible gift, and we're so grateful to Diana Ekstrom for her kindness!

I am also taking one of my own fiddles to Lyn this evening, which I've offered as a loaner while she considers her options. With more than $2k in her pocket, she'll have her pick of many lovely violins. We will work to find the best one for her money. :)

We will keep this GoFundMe Campaign up and running through the week, so you still have time to share and contribute. The more funds we raise, the more likely it becomes that Lyn will be able to get a new fiddle AND replace one of the other instruments that was stolen from her in February.

Please keep your eyes peeled and share this list of her stolen instruments, as well:

Violin: Lyons and Healy Chicago, IL (dark color)
Violin: Robert Glier ~1929 Ohio (light color)
Violin: Antique unlabeled Severely damaged and repaired Strung with octave low strings "Magini copy" (blonde color)
Electric Violin: Veta, with cable (regular body style, dark mahogany)
Electric Violin: Yamaha (modified electric body style, light shiny blue)
Guitar: Taylor (acoustic, no case, blonde color)
Mandolin: Lark In The Morning (no case, sunburst top)
Bow: Signature Chris English
Bow: Signature Phillip Stanley (repaired)
Cello bow: Signature Phillip Stanley

Thank you to all who've donated and shared Lyn's story - your generosity touches us deeply.

H.
Saturday's cash donations!
Benefit Jam
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Update 11
30 months ago

INCREDIBLE NEWS! Together we've raised just over $1000 toward the purchase of a replacement violin!

I just spoke with our guest of honor, and she doesn't know the details of our donation campaign yet - let's keep it under wraps until Saturday, and give her the sweetest surprise!

Speaking of Saturday, Lyn is having a chemo treatment tomorrow (Thursday), and is worried that she might be too ill to attend our benefit - something I've assured her we will all understand. I've given her strict orders to rest up. We will know Saturday morning if she will be well enough to join us. No matter what, the benefit is on!

Thank you to all who've donated - your generosity touches us deeply. Lyn wanted you all to know that she loves you so much. :)

Now let's find her a beautiful fiddle!

H.
1928 at the Oldfield Heritage Center
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$2,462 of $500 goal

Raised by 41 people in 31 months
Created March 2, 2014
B
$100
Bill
30 months ago (Offline Donation)
TC
$50
The Creasons
30 months ago (Offline Donation)
BD
$917
Benefit Jam Donations
30 months ago (Offline Donation)

We raised $917 at the benefit jam and feed on March 22nd!

RD
$20
Ron Duncan
30 months ago
ML
$20
michelle k leider
30 months ago

lyn,we think of you often and miss you at our pickin' party jam.looking forward to hearing you play when you find your new fiddle. all good thingsto you,lyn. michelle from the pickin' party.

LD
$50
Loretta & Dennis
30 months ago

This donation is from Susie Maharry, Bonnie Myers, Loretta & Dennis Dhaese

JK
$20
Jan Karroll
30 months ago
CD
$100
Carrie Dye
30 months ago

Lyn, Thanks for being an inspiration to the music community!

PN
$20
Pat & Bill Nutt
30 months ago

Go Lyn!

TR
$50
Tessie Ray
30 months ago

I am so sincerely sorry for the loss of your instruments, I know how important they have been to you. Sincerely Tess Ray

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