What a delightful party that was on Saturday evening! Thanks to everyone for helping it happen, inviting friends, hearing the dancers share what AB means to them, building some new community relationships, and getting us started toward our $3000 fundraising goal for Valley Gives.
Valley Gives is Tuesday, May 1! Check out our Amherst Ballet page on Valley Gives here: https://www.valley-gives.org/organizations/amherst-ballet-theatre-company-inc
Thanks to a few generous donors who contributed at the party, we are already over 1/3 of the way to our goal, but we need everyone's help to get there. Many people asked about the Valley Gives prizes in particular. We have identified two prizes that we think, with your help, we can win:
Midnight to 1am: Donations made through our Valley Gives page between midnight and 1am will be entered into a raffle for a 1,500 prize.
10-Minute Rush 10:30-10:40am: Donations made through our Valley Gives page between 10:30-10:40 will be entered into a raffle for a 5,000 prize.
The fact that it's a raffle makes us more likely to win if we have a large number of donations, regardless of the amount of the donation. Your gift could be the one that wins the prize, whether it's $10 or $1000!
Other prizes: If you won't be able to make your donation during the times above, there are many other prize windows that a lucky donor could help us win. See the full list here: https://www.valley-gives.org/prizes
And don't forget, there is $400 of matching gift money already pledged, that's ready and waiting to double the power of the first $400 contributed.
Early online donations can already be made through our Valley Gives page if you'd like to be one of those people. And of course.... share this today and tomorrow on social media and with friends and family! We need the support of our whole community to keep this great school vibrant and flourishing.
(Sharing near midnight and near the 10-minute rush will give us a shot at those raffles!)
Help us keep dancing!
On April 28th from 5:30-7:30 Amherst Ballet will host an "open studio" fundraising event, Meet Amherst Ballet. Bring your friends to eat, enjoy student choreography and performances by our younger dancers, and meet Amherst Ballet staff and students.
Our goal is to introduce Amherst Ballet to members of our community who might not be familiar with what we do, in order to expand community relationships and broaden our fundraising base. Because Amherst Ballet is a non-profit organization, we rely on support from our community to make our programs and performances possible. The broader the community of people providing financial support for Amherst Ballet, the more we are able to offer: master classes, outreach programs, professional development for our faculty, and so much more.
We are looking to our students and families to be ambassadors. If everyone brings two friends/parents of friends, we can easily reach our fundraising goals while having fun. Please forward the attached invitation or post it on social media. Printed invitations are also available at Amherst Ballet.
So bring a friend (or bring several!) for food, drinks, and dancing and join us at Amherst Ballet on Saturday, April 28th from 5:30-7:30PM.
Looking forward to seeing you there,
Amherst Ballet Board of Directors