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About The Foundation

Saving Lives Through Music One Note at a Time

This foundation has been created in the memory of our son Matthew "Waffles" Bahna who left this world on 8/12/19 at the age of 27. Matthew got the name "Waffles" in Celebration High School in Florida because of his love of 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. He would often teach kids how to play guitar or keyboard and he was always there at a party or gathering looking to make the world a better place through the music he knew which was vast and expansive.

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. We have made a difference in the past year or so but there is always more work to be done. We want to thank all of our family, friends, sponsors, and all who have helped us bring music to the world and to develop tomorrow's musicians. Thank you from "Waffles" mom and dad and from our entire foundation.

The Waffles Foundation INC is a certified non for profit 501(c)(3).



Friends Of Waffles


Our Ambassadors

Elisa Donahue and Lauren McAlister Yonkers, New York

Samuel Zarbailov(Sam Zee) South Brooklyn, New York

Diane Larkin Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn, New York

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.

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 and two violin students at The Suzuki Music Institute in Sarasota, Florida.

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