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Join us for an unforgettable evening dedicated to hope, resilience, and the transformative power of music.

We invite you to “Notes of Hope,” our inaugural gala, on October 19, 2024, at the historic Waterford Old School Auditorium. Together, we will accelerate our mission into the next decade, reaching more teens and orchestrating change.

October 19th, 2024

at Waterford Old School Auditorium
6:00 PM - 9:30 PM

40222 Fairfax Street, Waterford, VA 20197


An Evening of Compassion and Inspiration

Commemorating 10 years since the tragic loss of the Bartel’s oldest son Ryan, “Notes of Hope“ will share our impact to date and our plans for the future, featuring a formal dinner with powerful, stirring performances by:

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Jordan Bartel

Ryan’s brother
BM & MM in Violin Performance
MM in Chamber Music


Aaron Barofsky

Jordan’s mentor and Professor of Violin

University of Michigan

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Kathryn Votapek

Professor of Chamber Music
University of Michigan

Patrick Shaughnessy

Former 1st Violinist of Heimat Quartet

David Caplan

Principal Cellist of Civic Orchestra of Chicago

This harmonious night of reflection and connection will celebrate our impact and commitment to supporting youth mental health, and building a community where all young people have the tools and support to not only live, but to thrive.

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Join Our Mission:

Creating Change, Providing Hope

The Ryan Bartel Foundation is dedicated to building connected and resilient teens to prevent suicide from becoming a solution to life’s inevitable storms. Our focus on compassion, acceptance, empowerment and inclusion helps us build a stronger, more supportive community. With your help, we can expand our reach and deepen our impact into the next decade, providing hope to more teens than ever before.

Get Involved

We invite you to be part of this special night. Whether you are a donor, community leader, or music enthusiast, your presence and support are vital. Here’s how you can contribute:

Sponsor the Event

Choose from various sponsorship levels, each offering unique benefits and recognition.


Purchase Tickets

Secure your seat at this impactful event. Bring friends, family, and colleagues to join in the experience. Tickets open to the General Public July 22nd.

Bid on Silent and Live Auction

View prizes before the event.

Spread the Word

Share this event with your network to increase our reach and impact.

Make a Donation

Can’t attend? Support our mission with a tax deductible donation.

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Sponsorship form and payment due October 1, 2024.

For more information contact Val Walters at (571) 207-8764 or

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Purchase Tickets or Become a Sponsor

Don’t miss this opportunity to make a difference. Together, we can accelerate into the next decade with renewed hope and a stronger impact.
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