Michael’s Donation

July 9th, 2014

John’s dad, Michael, donated his beloved single shell to the Sarasota Scullers Youth Rowing Club in honor of John’s High School rowing with the club and the simply outstanding leaders of that organization.  The shell was christened “The John Lamensdorf” and we couldn’t be more pleased that it will be used to help train aspiring rowers.

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July 9th, 2014
Lamensdorf Scholarship StudentsIn addition to Sommer Altier, three other Booker High School students have been awarded summer scholarships with the trust’s third contribution to Booker’s VPA program.  Andre de Grenier will be heading to FSU’s band camp focusing on percussion and Josh Galindo will be attending the 4 week Pre College Immersion Workshop at the Ringling School of Art and Design.  Sommer Altier will be attending the month long Masterworks Music Festival in Indiana for aspiring soloists (violin).

Such fabulous opportunities which represent our firm belief that High School students should experience a time “away form home,” doing what they love, to provide a glimpse of college life (complete with all of the demands and temptations…).  Bravo to these remarkable students!

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July 8th, 2014

Jayde Hopkins, of Minmarama Park, an Indigenous community in Darwin, Australia, is the recipient of the 2014 John H. Lamensdorf Memorial Scholarship at NYFA!  Jayde is 16 years old and is participating in the 4 week High School Acting program in NYC.

Jayde has been active in community efforts for many years including:

.  Being involved in a short film promoting Indigenous heath and awareness and the “Us Young Women Matter” conference in Melbourne.

. Leading the MinMin Crew, a group of young people living in the Minmarama Indigenous community and participating in IMPACT, a 3 year Indigenous youth leadership program in Northern Territory and The Worlds of Work program in Melbourne in 2012.

. Being a delegate at the 2012 Pacific United Nations Youth Conference and co-founding the 1000 Voices project, a national youth-led campaign calling for the recognition of Indigenous people in the Australian Constitution

In Jayde’s words:  “As a young and emerging leader, I believe I can set myself up to be a role model for other Indigenous youth in my community.  I believe this fantastic opportunity will really help me in my journey and set me up for the rest of my life.  I really appreciate the time you have taken to read this letter and hope that you will consider me for the scholarship.”

WOW!  And she’s only 16!  We have no doubt Jayde will realize her acting dreams and much much more!

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July 8th, 2014

As we marked the 5 year anniversary of losing John, we were bombarded by well wishes and donations.  We again “escaped” with Jennie to commiserate and plan –  never losing sight of the glorious life we had with John and how he is carefully protecting and guiding us each and every day.

Heartfelt thanks to all who continue to acknowledge the impact this day and time of year has on us.

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July 8th, 2014

We recently learned that John’s trust was nominated to be a part of “GooglersGives” which is Google’s workplace giving program.  This is a fabulous opportunity to receive donations and connect directly with the very hip (and the very generous) “Googlers” (or employees of Google).

We are uncertain as to who nominated the trust for this incredible giving program, but we are most certain as to our thankfulness for it.

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March 22nd, 2014

Booker High School has awarded part of the trust’s 2014 contribution to junior Elisa Malave to attend a month long summer program at Interlochen Center for the Arts in NW Michigan.  Elisa is a phenomenal flute player and was one of a very few selected to study at the summer program.  We received the following thank you from Elisa and her parents:

I truly appreciate your thoughtful donation and I am grateful to receive such a large portion of it.  It will help me go to Interlochen and I know that experience will change both me and my flute playing.  I want it to be known that I am thankful and grateful for your help.  I cannot thank you enough.  Elisa

Thank you so much for what you have done on behalf of our daughter Elisa.  We are grateful beyond words.  Your donation will permanently and positively change her life.  We cannot thank you enough.  Sara (Elisa’s mother)

Thank you words are not enough.  You have made it possible for her to dream a dream that was not possible before.  I hope in the future I can help another child to dream an impossible dream.  Thank you again.  Carlos (Elisa’s dad)

Interlochen’s mission is to “engage and inspire people worldwide through excellence in educational, artistic and cultural programs enhancing the quality of life through the universal language of the arts.”  Exactly what John would want his trust to be sponsoring.  And, perfectly fitting as he discovered the beauty of the flute when he first heard Ian Anderson of Jethro Toll in 3rd grade!

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February 26th, 2014

We are so very excited to be offering a limited edition illustration by local artist Lori Loveberry George as a fundraising activity for the trust.  The illustration will be available to mark John’s anniversary on May 28, 2014.  Lori has been a family friend for many, many years and is an incredibly talented artist – and an incredibly wonderful person.  Our goal is to sell 500 of the prints at $100 each.  More on this soon!

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February 26th, 2014

We are set to make our third of three contributions to the Booker High School Visual and Performing Arts program.  The first two donations centered on new guitars, computers and software for the students so this installment will focus on awarding students the opportunity to study at off campus sites this summer for either film or guitar.  How great for so many of the students who have not been able to travel or certainly to study at a prestigious organization such as the Berkeley School of Music, New York Film Academy, National Guitar Workshop or Full Sail University to be able to build their resume in this fashion.  We will be posting the students’ names and the programs they select in May 2014.

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Booker VPA Student Testimonials

August 7th, 2013

Guitar Perspective: An email received from Kourtney Gillespie

We took a trip to Columbus, Georgia and were exposed to so many inspirational guitarists. We were even able to play in an ensemble with these prestigious guitarists as well. It was one of the most exciting and educational trips I have ever had in my whole high school experience, Read the rest of this entry »

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Booker High School

August 5th, 2013

VPA-Mac-LabOn May 23, 2013, we visited the campus of Booker High in Sarasota for the unveiling of the new John H. Lamensdorf Digital Motion and Design studio in the Visual and Performing Arts Department.  So many gorgeous new computers to support the students with the very latest in the software so critical to young (and I suppose not so young!) filmmakers today.  The unveiling received great local press and many inquiries about the trust’s efforts.  The Booker VPA students are, to a student, warm, engaging, appreciative, humble and TALENTED.

We were serenaded by the Guitar students – playing their new air guitars compliments of the trust – with a fabulous visual production accompanying them.  Tears were flowing.

VPA-Mac-Lab-2We look forward to making our third contribution in 2014 which will focus on awarding scholarship opportunities to the students.

Click here to read Booker VPA student testimonials.

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