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A community rises to replace a Manchester musician’s stolen ukulele

Last month, Alli Beaudry’s ukulele was stolen from her car.

The graduate of Berklee College of Music in Boston was devastated. However, less than 24 hours after the theft, Beaudry - who was born and raised in Manchester - had enough money to replace her instrument, thanks to a campaign created on her behalf.

“They are very kind people, and I feel that they deserve the recognition,” said Beaudry in an email on Wednesday.

Beaudry’s brother, Jeff, and his friend, Aaron Goulette, created the GoFundMe page after they found out about the theft. With help from friends and the music community, the page raised $400 in less than 18 hours. Once the campaign had reached its goal, Jeff and Goulette told Beaudry about the campaign.

“She was obviously pretty devastated,” said Bill Seney, Beaudry’s husband. “I think the ease of starting it (the GoFundMe page) made the fundraising successful.”

Beaudry’s experience is just one of a growing trend where people and organizations are using the Internet to crowdfund their ventures. Crowdfunding entails a person or group using social media and the Internet to raise money for a cause. Anyone with a credit card can donate anonymously to the cause. The money is then transferred into a PayPal or bank account.