My name is Arely Reyes, and I am a current student at Washington Adventist University, in Takoma Park, Maryland. I am studying Music Education, and I'm part of the Columbia Collegiate Chorale and Pro Musica (smaller, select choir).
Being a music teacher is my dream and I have had an amazing experience these past three years! One of the most fun parts of it has been the tours. Our music department is known for their various activities during the school year, giving out concerts in local churches, great concert halls like Carnegie Hall in NY, and the Kennedy Center, touring all over the US and also in other parts of the world, such as Australia, England, Mexico, and South Africa, and many others. In the summer of 2012 I was fortunate to go to South Africa with the choir and orchestra and to Bermuda the following spring with the university band.
We are planning a trip to Australia in the summer of 2015 with the choir and orchestra once again. We will have a great opportunity to play in various SDA Churches and schools, as well as other venues. These trips require extra funds outside of my tuition costs. The college has subsidized the trip to the amount of about $2500. I am presently involved heavily in studies and travel on weekends with the music organizations and need some assistance to make this trip.
This is where your money goes:
1) Airplane tickets, meals, hotels - about $2500
2) Spending money - $100
3) GoFundMe 5% fee of donations - $130
You can help me in two ways:
1) Donate any amount. Every little bit helps! Many bussinesses like to donate amounts from $100-$500 since they are tax deductible and they usually have a donations budget, but you can donate as much as you would like.
2) Help me with $20 a month. We thought a good option would be to do monthly installments instead of a big number on one sitting. If you would like to donate this way, let me know! Please private message me or email me so I can send you a special envelope.
If you could help in any small way even, it would help to make this trip a reality for me. Your donation is tax deductible! I can send you a special envelope and donation card so we can process the tax receipt for you. You can make your credit/debit card donation here, or you can also send a check payable to "New England Youth Ensemble" (donating through here will not guarantee a tax receipt.). You may mail the check to:
Preston Hawes - WAU Dept. of Music
7600 Flower Ave.,
Takoma Park, MD 20912
Remember, ANY amount helps! If you have any questions, please feel free to email me or call me at any time! My email is: [email redacted]. Email if you would like my cell phone number to talk personally. Thanks for your support!!!
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