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Busking For Lena! Sawyer Fredericks Helps Caffe Lena Meet Fundraising Challenge
October 25 @ 8:00 PM - 8:30 PM EDT
From Bob Dylan to Bruce Springsteen to Taylor Swift, every big name artist has a first stage where they learned to relate to the audience, calm their nerves, and discover the value of their art. For Sawyer Fredericks that stage is Caffe Lena. Sawyer has stepped forward to help Caffe Lena get over the finish line of the $50,000 Sarah B. Foulke Fundraising Challenge, which runs out on October 31. His guitar case will be open on stage, and you can help him fill it for Lena as you watch from home via our Virtual Tip Jar.
Sarah B. Foulke Charitable Fund will match up to $50,000 in donations! So far, nearly $30,000 has been donated toward the match, much of it coming in small increments from online viewers. Every expression of care, whether it’s a $5 tip, or a $500 donation, or a special comment, all adds up to helping Sawyer’s home stage survive and grow during this time of extreme challenge.
Caffe Lena, in the middle of its 60th anniversary season, closed to the public on March 13. But we rose to the challenge, streaming performances nearly every night. This has been a lifeline for hard-hit musicians and provided a way for music fans shut in at home to keep going to shows, virtually. Our two key goals are to keep the independent music world intact and to reach our audience wherever they are, so when the shutdown is over, everyone doesn’t have to start over from scratch.
We thank Sawyer and his many fans for helping his home stage meet the Sarah Foulke Challenge tonight!