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About The Foundation

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.

We are a certified 501 (c) (3) organization / charity with the IRS. Sponsor a child / donate a musical instrument / become an ambassador / Our mission is to "Help Tomorrow's Musicians Today."



Friends Of Waffles

We are so grateful to the following business partners, individuals, and organizations who make what we do possible and who help us to "Help Tomorrow's Musicians Today." 

Brain Scan Media - Tom thank you for this amazing and professional website and for being our very first sponsor.

Kiwanis of Canarsie and Ben Bay
- Veronica your devotion to education and our foundation have made such a difference in the lives of so many young musicians.

Monorail Tales Podcast Team - Thank you to everyone on the team for your support and for giving us a platform to highlight the foundations current events and spread the word and excitement of the foundation.

Publix Supermarket - A great place to shop for food and a wonderful partner; thank you for helping to make kids dreams coe true and for giving back to the community.

I Like It Designs - Thank you to Tracy and Jack for being our "Gold" Sponsor for our first event at Arcade Monsters and for your generosity and love for your support of our vision of bringing music to kids everywhere.

Fogt's Music Store of Sarasota - Thank you to "Bill" and the entire staff for your kindness, generosity, and for prepping our instruemnts before they are donated.

It is our extreme privilige to help youth music anywhere and everywhere that is needed. Please contact us.  The following schools, institutions, and music programs are currently partnering with us.

Saint Joseph the Worker Catholic Academy, OLPH Catholic Academy, The Nubian Conservatory of Music, Operation Music Project NYC, The Suzuki Music Institute in Sarasota, St. Martha's Catholic School, and Incarnation Catholic School.

Our Ambassadors

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.

Musical Instruments Needed.

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.

Contact Us

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.