About Our Founder
I'm Alexandra (Sasha) Schoettler, and I’m a junior at Pali High. Like all of us, I’ve been feeling a bit scared and helpless during this time of crisis, and I’ve been looking for a way to help support families dealing with sickness and loss due to COVID-19. As someone who has dealt with loss myself — my father had cancer and passed away in 2010 — I know that one of the most important and helpful ways to grieve is to spend time with your family and friends. However, due to the stay-at-home orders and social-distancing rules, many people who have to cope with loss during this global pandemic are unable to lean on their loved ones in the way we’re all used to. Our House Grief Support Center, an organization that helped me when I lost my father, is working to help adults, teens, and children who are experiencing loss during these uncertain and frightening times through grief support groups and phone sessions.
I'm supporting Our House through donations raised by the neighborhood concert series that my mom and I have organized called Fiddler on the Lawn. We want to bring music to the community as well as raise as much money as we can in order to help those dealing with loss of loved ones during this global pandemic and more.
What We're Doing Now
Sasha is so proud that the program she started has gained such a following with its audience of neighbors, as well as a dedicated cadre of musicians who love to come play each week. Our supporters have chipped in to raise $5000 for Our House Grief Support Center over the 14 concerts this summer! We're all so grateful.
And now, as Sasha returns to school with a full schedule of classes, we will continue the series for as long as we can, and continue to ask for donations to support the musicians who have been left unemployed as a result of COVID-19. Recording studios and performing arts venues have been shut down to prevent the spread of the virus, and no one knows when they will reopen. The musicians who perform at Fiddler on the Lawn are professional musicians, who played regularly with many local performing arts organizations, including Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Los Angeles Opera Company, and all the recording studios which bring you the music you hear when you go to the movie theater (or when you once went to the movie theater . . .). They (we) are so happy to have a forum in which to play music with these performances, but sadly struggle to know how they will carry on. Your donations will help them to feel secure knowing that the arts and music are still important in today's world.
Thank you for all your interest, enthusiasm, and support!!
If you'd like, you can donate to FOTL here through PayPal --just click on the button!