Our Foundation Donates Musical Instruments To Kids & Youth Programs Across America & We Are Based In Sarasota, Florida. Donate Your New or Used Musical Instrument Today & Change A Child's Life Forever. We Are A Certified 501 (c) (3) Charity With The IRS.
This foundation has been created in loving memory of my son Matthew "Waffles" Bahna who left this world on 8/12/19 at the age of 27. Matthew got the nickname "Waffles" in Celebration High School in Florida because of his love of eating waffles and graduated in the class of 2010. He was a kind soul who had an affinity for music of all genres. He was a trained musician who could play guitar, keyboard, cello, and the accordion. He lived to share music with anyone who would listen or was interested and he brought his guitar everywhere he went. His instrument of choice was a "Gibson SG" which he nicknamed "The Red Devil;" he named all of his instruments. He was a charming person who mixed a rock star cool with a kind and tender heart. His arms were inked with his favorite bands such as "ACDC", Nine Inch Nails" , "Rush" & others but he knew how to make music fun for kids and they learned and laughed while soaking in his music knowledge which was quite extensive for a young man. My bond with my son was / is beyond words and I miss him more each day but his wish was always for the show to go on and for the music to never end.
The purpose of our foundation since our inception in December of 2020 is to carry on "Waffles" legacy by helping children of every race, color, creed, and gender to have access to musical instruments, lessons, and opportunities in the music field. Help us to "Help Tomorrow's Musicians Today" by donating a new, slightly used, or somehow workable musical instrument. We will see it to a deserving child or youth program wherever it is needed in the United States. We are a certified 501 (c) (3) charity and we believe that the healing gift of music should be heard and played by any and all children who wish to do so.
Thank you from "Al;" "Waffles" Dad.
World famous gamer Brian Kuh is a friend and supporter of our foundation and donated a signed photo to one of our sponsored kids at our fundraiser on 4/29/22. If you don't recognize Brian you might know him from his famous movie "King of Kong."
"Bill" of Fogt's Gulf Coast Music Center in Sarasota is the amazing musician / store owner who restrings and overhauls any instrument we receive which needs work so when they are given to a child they look and sound incredible. Thank you "Bill."
Veronica Duchene Daniele Thomas and I have been friends since the 1st Grade. She is a teacher from Brooklyn as well as an officer in the Canarsie Kiwanis. She is our "Ambassador from Marine Park and Mill Basin Brooklyn and is a dynamic person.
Brandie Flee is our Ambassador from Sarasota FL. She is a Special Education Teacher and I am so honored to have her on our team. She puts the E in Energy. ...
Qyaji Amory-Narcisse is our sponsored student at the Nubian Conservatory in Brooklyn. He is an incredible tenor and is our first sponsored voice student. He lives in Brooklyn not far from where our family grew up and "Waffles" went to school.
Scene of our very first fundraiser in Lido Beach coming up this April 29, 2022. A great thank you to General Managers Josh, Mike, and owner Adrian for being so welcoming to me and the foundation and for partnering with us for our first event.
Our first fundraiser was a huge success! Mark your calendars for next year on April 28th 2023 as we are making this an annual event at Arcade Monsters.
Donate an instrument today and join us in "Helping Tomorrow's Musicians Today." All donations are tax deductible and we give you the history of where your instrument goes and who it is helping. This guitar was donated to St. Martha's School in FL.
We are proud to be working with the Nubian Conservatory of Music in Brooklyn. Their director Edward Gordon is a pillar of the Brooklyn community and has spent his life teaching kids. We are currently sponsoring an incredible tenor named Qyaji.
Matt; "Waffles" first ever guitar. He was a natural at playing but he put in a lot of hours and hard work. He was a very balanced and free spirited person who like many musicians used music to open many doors and friendships.
Jeanna and Luis Quevedo have given so much of their hearts to our foundation and to us. They are dear friends who are there for us through thick and thin. They knew "Waffles" personally and truly walk in the footsteps of Jesus each and everyday.
Laur M and Elisa D from Yonkers NY are two of our Ambassadors and our very close friends. They are currently working in the foundation to build awareness in social media. They are tireless and motivated and I am honored to know them.
Lorraine Knepple is one of our Directors and our Foundation Secretary. More than this she is a close friend who helped me start the Waffles Foundation and inspired me at an all time low in my life after losing "Waffles." I am forever grateful to her.
I am so proud of our entire staff at The Waffles Foundation INC. Pictured here is one of Directors Luis Quevedo passing on a donated keyboard to a child just before Christmas 2021.
I am proud to work with the Suzuki Music Institute in Sarasota as a sponsor of two violin students and also to partner with such professional teachers like the school's director "Salil."
Our newest sponsored Violin student is "Angel." She is only five years of age but has incredible talent. She is a student in Sarasota at the Suzuki Music Institute.
This was "Waffles" favorite photo that I ever clicked of him. It features him and two of his friends walking the boardwalk at Asbury Park New Jersey. He always said that if he ever cut an album then this photo would have been featured on the jacket.
Waffles in upstate New York near Saugerties playing acoustic not far from the famous Woodstock Concert of 1969.
Waffles backstage with James Euringer aka "Jimmy Urine" the lead singer of the band Mindless Self Indulgence. This was shortly before Jimmy co starred in the Guardians of the Galaxy 2 movie as the Ravager character "Half Nut."
"Waffles" expression after finding out he has been strumming a 15,000 dollar banjo. This was at Guitar Center on Orange Blossom Trail in Orlando Florida.
Waffles on acoustic. He went electric for many years but returned to acoustic almost exclusively during his last 18 months. It was then that he started to also play the 12 string guitar and master classics like Hotel California.
The last photo of Waffles on the evening of the night that he passed. I was driving him to work and he always wanted to sit in the front seat mainly because he wanted to work the radio and find songs on Sirius XM. He was a musician's musician.
Waffles and I at Bumper Nets Arcade in Alabama playing the Batman pinball game. Batman was our favorite DC Character.
"Waffles" meeting Tony Hawk in NYC near Union Square. It was Tony Hawk's Pro Skater game that started Waffles guitar playing. He later named his favorite Red Devil Gibson SG Angus after the famous lead guitar player Angus Young from the band ACDC.
Words of Wisdom For All Who Are Depressed or Feel Alone From My Friend Father Osorno Waffles Priest.
"Eddie" Warms The Hearts of Patients / Introducing The Waffles Foundation INC Service / Therapy Dog.
Donating An Electric Scooter To A Veteran At VFW Post 3233 in Sarasota / The Waffles Foundation INC.
Violin Concert by the Kids of the Suzuki Music Institute at the New Life Lutheran Church in Sarasota
Nicotine Dolls Lead Singer Sam Cieri's Heartfelt Tribute to His Late Friend Matthew "Waffles" Bahna.
Elisa Donahue and Lauren McAlister Yonkers, New York
Samuel Zarbailov(Sam Zee) Brooklyn, New York
Diane Larkin Brooklyn, New York
Sheila Sanders Rock Hill, South Carolina
Brandie Flee Sarasota, Florida
Become an Ambassador today for your local comunity and help us to bring music to kids in all corners of the earth.
Ambassadors spread the good will of our foundation, collect musical instruments, and help raise funds.
Join us on April 29, 2022 for our first ever fundraiser at Arcade Monsters in Lido Beach FL. Tickets are $25.00 for Unlimited Games and Free Play. Prizes, Excitement, and Fun Await.
If you have a skill or talent that you believe can be used to help our foundation please contact us. Together we can help children in need and develop the world's next musicians.
The Waffles Foundation INC. currently sponsors three cello students in NYC at Operation Music Project, two violin students at The Suzuki Music Institute in Sarasota, Florida, and one Tenor in Brooklyn at the Nubian Conservatory of Music.
We have donated a number of musical instruments and equipment across the United States but our goodwill mission is open to help any and all who may need it. We are still a small foundation but we have a "Can Do Attitude" so for us the "Sky is the Limit." Please contact us with any question or need at (321) 246 -0335.
Do you have a musical instrument that is collecting dust? Would you like to purchase one and send it to us? Donate any instrument or musical equipment to us today and we will make sure that it finds a great home with a kid who wants to play. All donations are tax deductible as we are a certified 501 (c) (3) with the United States Internal Revenue Service. We will pay for your instrument shipping and provide you with a receipt that contains our certified Employer Identification Number; (EIN); that you can provide to you tax professional. Give the gift of music today and together we can "Save Lives Through Music One Note at a Time." We can also accept any other article for donation such as a car, house, or boat. Please call us at (321) 246 - 0335 and we will arrange for a pickup or provide you with shipping information.
Alfred Bahna - Director / President
Lorraine Knepple - Director / Secretary
Luis Quevedo - Director
Kerry Bahna - Treasurer
3994 Mediterranea Circle
Sarasota, FL 34233
We are a certified 501 (c) (3) with the United States Internal Revenue Service and we are registered by the State of Florida. This information can be verified via public record or upon request.
All donations are tax deductible and we will provide you with a receipt.