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Consider donating to  either of these two charities in memory of Ben and to support suicide prevention 

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The Benjamin A. Getchell Music Scholarship and Hummingbird Garden

The Benjamin A. Getchell Music Scholarship is awarded annually to support students in the Shining Mountain Waldorf School music program with funds to strengthen and enhance their individual practice. Recipients of this award display a passion and connection to music.


This scholarship was established to honor the memory of an exceptional student and alumni of Shining Mountain. Ben was an accomplished and talented violinist and lover of music. Ben's beloved violin is loaned annually to a student who embodies Ben's passion for the violin and music. Ben's piano was also donated to the SMWS music program.


In third grade when Benjamin was choosing an instrument, he was adamant he had to play the violin. He picked up his first quarter size violin and started playing it with perfect form, as if he was being reunited with it from a previous life.


Ben was trained in Suzuki method and classical music by SMWS faculty Kathleen Starr, Debra Holland and Emily Bowman. His first private lesson instructor Anthony Salvo, indulged Ben's joy of playing epic movie scores such as "Harry Potter", "Star Wars", Pirates of the Caribbean and the Last of the Mohicans. As Ben matured his focus changed towards fiddle tunes inspired by his instructor and SMWS alumni, Adam Agee. His favorites were Swallowtail Jig, and The Irish Washerwoman. Ben loved to play anything at warp speed like The Storm by Yanni.


Ben had a deep understanding of the real power and beauty of music that transcended the auditory experience. He experienced it with his entire being. Ben played his violin daily from third grade through his sophomore year in college.


Your donation will also help create beauty and joy by supporting the Benjamin A. Getchell Memorial Hummingbird Garden at Shining Mountain Waldorf School in Boulder.

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The Second Wind Fund

Based in Denver, Colorado, the non-profit Second Wind Fund believes that every youth at risk of suicide should have access to the mental health treatment they need. They match children and youth at risk for suicide with licensed therapists in their communities. If a financial or social barrier to treatment is present, they pay for up to 12 sessions of therapy from one of their specialized network providers. Their unique program helps referred youth discover hope and healing in their lives.


Your donation will help Colorado youth have the access they need to critical mental health treatment.

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