While it is the Jamie Hulley Arts Foundation’s mission to generously fund arts and creative programs in the local area, they rely strongly on the generosity of others to fulfill their mission. At the non-profit’s annual gala Saturday, Sept. 12, Timothy Sykes—an old friend of Jamie Hulley and well-known stock trader—presented the arts foundation with a $7,500 donation.
Tim Sykes, a self-made millionaire who now teaches others the art of penny stock trading, says his donation is about more than money: “It is my honor and my privilege to pay it forward. I want to help people understand that if they follow their passion with diligence, they can be successful. You achieve goals when you follow desires.”
Jamie and Tim were good friends growing up in Orange and attending Amity Regional High School. He called her a talented friend who was so full of energy and so creative.
Jamie passed away in 2002, just before her 21st birthday, after a brief battle with an aggressive form of lymphoma.
“It is sad what happened, but it is beautiful to see what her mom has done,” Sykes said. “Watching what Judy has done, it’s not hard to see where Jamie got her passion and energy from.”
Shortly after Jamie passed away, her family started the Jamie Hulley Arts Foundation as a way to celebrate Jamie’s vivacious spirit and the beauty that she brought to the world. The foundation is dedicated to the support of young artists who share in Jamie’s creative passion and her love of taking artistic risks. The goal is to provide opportunities for young artists and early career professionals to expand their artistic talent and to pursue their dreams.
Sykes’ foundation’s mission is similar: “I want to reward people who haven’t had the best of luck and I want to do it in a way that’s not about academics and sports,” he said.
Sykes started the foundation to do just that. The first gift from his foundation will go to the Jamie Hulley Foundation for the Arts for $7500. “The Jamie Hulley Foundation is near and dear to my heart, so it only seemed natural that my foundation’s first gift would go there,” he said.
Sykes grew up in Orange and became a millionaire at the age of 22 by turning his Bar Mitzvah gift money of $12,415 into $1.65 million trading penny stocks. Now, he teaches more than 5,000 students across the globe his trading secrets that helped him become a self-made millionaire via newsletters, TIMalerts and PennyStocking Silver that includes daily online video lessons.
“I am a true believer that knowledge is power and anyone can achieve financial freedom if they study hard enough,” said Sykes. “But we can’t forget that there are millions of people out there who are less fortunate — who don’t have time to study and have to worry about more important things, like their health, the health of a loved one, paying their bills, feeding themselves and their family – real life stuff that gets in the way of education. I want to use the financial freedom that I now have to help people who are suffering and make their lives a little easier.”
Tim’s donation will help the New England Ballet Company’s school readiness through dance for Bridgeport preschoolers expand, according to Judy Primavera.
Tim started the Timothy Sykes Foundation with the intent to giving back to special projects and organizations in need and helping others. He found the Jamie A. Hulley Arts Foundation especially close to his heart since it helps kids in the community that he grew up with—and supports education, which he values as a teacher himself.
By Melissa Nicefaro – Orange Town News Correspondent