Mary's Fund

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Raised by 504 people in 4 months
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Created May 12, 2018
This gofundme is set up on behalf of the Columbia Music Department to provide financial support to our beloved colleague, Mary Kouyoumdjian, in the wake of the tragic and unexpected passing of her fiancé, Matt Marks. 

These finances are intended to help alleviate the stress of any emergency costs that might arise during this difficult time. 

Matt was an incredibly vital, energetic, and supportive force in the new music community.  He will be greatly missed.
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Dear friends,

Thank you so much for your immense and immediate support. We have far surpassed any funding expectations and know this will prove to be exceptionally helpful to Mary. Thus, we are deactivating the gofundme account. Please see this note of thanks from Mary:

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Hello dear friends, old and new,

I wanted to pass you all a note of immense thanks for all of your generous support after Matt's passing. I could never express to you how moved I am by your kindness, and where words fail me, please know that your warmth is felt and has helped so much in trying to cope with what has felt impossible.

I never could have imagined needing to prepare for this, and in the light of such an unexpected loss, I want you to know how much your thoughtful contributions are helping and will continue to help in managing unanticipated expenses related to our wedding, funeral arrangements, grief counseling, and adjusting our household from two incomes to one. I am so grateful to you for everything you've done to lighten that burden for me. Matt and I had been looking forward to and planning to adopt, and if/when the time feels right for that again, I'd like to think that all of you have had a part in allowing family to continue to be a possibility for me.

My apologies if I don't respond to your sweet messages individually – I'm still having some difficulty reaching out – but please know that your notes have been received and have meant the world to me.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your friendship.

With immense love and gratitude,
Mary
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Dear friends,

We are overwhelmed by the outpouring of support for Mary. We know that your contributions are an invaluable supplement to the emotional and communal infrastructure of support for her and Matt’s loved ones during this difficult time.

We are also grateful to witness a community come together to care for its own in such an immediate and monumental response. It is a small way to show our profound appreciation for all that Mary and Matt have already done to help our community flourish.

With gratitude,

The Columbia Composition Department
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$37,527 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 504 people in 4 months
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Created May 12, 2018
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