The Lost & Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization made up mainly of musicians volunteering their time and talent to help those in need. Founded in 1995, the mission of the Lost & Foundation is "To raise and distribute financial resources for public benefit through the power of music."
PRESIDENT – ELIZABETH TOBIN
Originally from Georgia, Elizabeth moved to the west coast (Oregon) with her furry companions in 1996. She has resided in Helena since 2005. Before joining the Board in 2012, Elizabeth had volunteered for the Lost & Foundation to help organize the silent auctions. Her hope for this organization is to generate greater public awareness in our community about how Lost & Foundation can help. Little-known fact about Elizabeth – she taught ballet, lyrical, and ballroom dancing in Oregon and owned an etiquette business teaching elementary and high-school students.
VICE PRESIDENT – PAT FOSTER
Pat was born in Helena, raised in Helena, and personifies the generous spirit of the Helena community. A founding member of the Lost & Foundation, Pat devotes his time to coordinating venues, musical talent, and the ideas that drive the organization. He performs with the Alt-Americana group "The Growlers," helps sound engineer music around town and spends time repairing musicians gear to keep the sound of music moving in Helena. Little-known fact about Pat – he once worked at the blast furnace in the East Helena smelter.
TREASURER – JOHN MOORE
A native Montanan, John started banging on the piano at the age of four. He formed a band at the age of 13 and has been performing ever since. A founding member of Lost & Foundation, John tracks all revenue and expenses, and pulls out his hair when it comes time to file IRS reports. He performs with several Helena musical projects, does session work in recording studios, and continually encourages his wife to stage her beautiful singing. Little-known fact about John – he bought his first bass guitar in 1967 through the Sears catalog.
SECRETARY – ERIN POWERS
Erin hails from Butte, America. She has been a resident of Helena, Montana, since 1997. She started volunteering with the Lost & Foundation 16 years ago and joined the Board in 2004. Erin has a beautiful singing voice and regularly performs with the folk trio Voluntary Commitment and the jazz trio Ersatz Siblings. Little-known fact about Erin – she really is sweet and sensitive.
VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR – JEAN MORGAN
Jean moved to Helena as a young girl, and she’s devoted to making life better for those in her hometown. She has been involved with many community organizations, including volunteer for Lost & Foundation for many years. Jean joined the board in 2012. She loves supporting the Helena community, its people, music, and art. Little-known fact about Jean – she makes the world’s best pickles.
The Lost & Foundation is led by its board and supported by hundreds of volunteers, area businesses, musicians, artists,and people like YOU! Thank you!