Fundraiser for student cellist succeeds beyond expectations

Posted on: April 26, 2019

“Eddie Adams didn’t have the money to buy college textbooks this semester, so he had to rely on his classmates at George Mason University to loan him theirs,” writs Allison Klein in Wednesday’s (4/24) Washington Post. “He is the principal cellist in the school orchestra, but he couldn’t afford to buy or even rent a cello. That, too, he had to borrow…. After a story ran in The Washington Post about Adams’s tormented, impoverished childhood and how the cello has become his lifeline, people started donating money [to] Adams, 20, who as a child moved around Northern Virginia with his mother and five siblings about seven times, including to a homeless shelter…. When the fundraiser reached $70,000 … he texted his strings professor and mentor, June Huang: ‘I’ve been crying all day … happy tears.’ … As of late Wednesday evening, the GoFundMe donations had reached $141,120…. Huang … has been deluged by calls and emails from people who want to help Adams…. Now, Huang is … getting pro bono guidance from various estate planners, tax lawyers and accountants to figure out how to keep the money safe for Adams and make it last.”

Posted April 26, 2019