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The Detroit Jewish News, 2005-07-21

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The Weinsteins: Judy and Gary
with sons Alex and Sam.


Theater youth scholarship fund honors memory
of Weinstein crash victims.


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hen a drunk driver cut
short the lives of Judy, Alex
and Sam Weinstein on May
3, the loss was felt not only by their
family, friends and community, but
also by fellow thespians in Farmington
Hills community theater.
Those friends have established the
Weinstein Theatre Enrichment Fund
dedicated to honoring Judy, Alex and
Sam by providing scholarships to
young people interested in the per-
forming arts.
Already two scholarships have been
awarded to the Farmington Hills the-
ater camp. The recipients attend
Dunkel Middle School and Hillside
Elementary School, where Alex and
Sam were Farmington Public Schools
The goal of the WTEFund is to
share the Weinsteins' love of theater by
providing positive exposure to live the-
ater and the arts, and by enabling chil-
dren to learn, attend and perform in
all aspects of performance theater. The
fund will encourage children to take a
step into the arts just as Alex and Sam
were inspired. Eventually, fund organ-
izers hope to build the Weinstein
Fund-raising will be accomplished
through donations and sales of pur-
ple "Choose Responsibility" wrist-
bands. On the reverse are the names
of Judy, Alex and Sam. The group
also is selling silver key chains with
charms that have birthstones of the
crash victims and the words "live,
love, laugh."
Volunteers began selling the bands
at the Farmington/Farmington Hills
Founders Day event July 15-16. To
date, they've raised about 53,000.
Plans call for making the wristbands
and key chains available in schools in
the fall and at upcoming fund-raisers
and retail locations to be announced.
"By purchasing and wearing this


Lauryn Muscio, 13, David Fink, 10,
and Jordan Sheatzley, 9, all of
Farmington Hills, advertise Weinstein
wristbands at the Founders Day event.

band, we hope individuals will make a
commitment to choose responsibility,"
said Lisa Muscio, WTEFund presi-
dent. "Each person who wears this
band makes a commitment to them-
selves and their community to be
accountable for their actions."
Board members of the fund are
friends of the Weinstein family who
met through Sky's The Limit
Productions in Farmington Hills.
Gary Weinstein, who lost his wife
and children in the accident, is on
the board. He and his sons performed
together in The Wonderful World of
Oz in April. Ll

To learn more about the
WTEFund, email
WTEFund@yahoo.com or call
(248) 921-1865. To donate to
the fund, make checks payable to
the Weinstein Theatre
Enrichment Fund, P.O. Box 393,
Farmington, MI 48332.

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