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Give to the Max day nets center $7,930

Published 11:58am Friday, November 26, 2010

Thank you to so many of you who helped us out with Give to the Max Day.

On just that one day your generous donations generated $7,930 in support to A Center for the Arts.

Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Plus, I know that many of you gave to other non-profits as well. Your generosity and your philanthropy help set Minnesota apart as a great place to live.

For those of you who have never given through GiveMN.org you might want to check it out.

For instance, I discovered when I went to the website to make a donation to the Kaddatz Galleries, I discovered that I could set up a giving option that allows me to give something automatically every month.

There’s also an option for automatically giving quarterly. Or, you may choose just to make a one-time gift. It’s a really easy way to make donations to the non-profit of your choice

Of course, we understand that not everyone is comfortable with online giving or bill paying. That’s why we included envelopes in our recent mailing, for those who want to give gifts through the mail. We’ve been receiving quite a few of those as well. In fact, our 3,500-piece mailing was not only to our members but also to our non-members.

Since that time many of you have 1) given on line on Give to the Max day, 2) given through the mail for year end giving, 3)become new members, 4) dropped off your membership or your year end gift in person.

Thank you to all of you who continue to support the arts and who continue to support A Center for the Arts. We really appreciate your vote of confidence and we are thankful for each and every one of you.

We are also so incredibly thankful to all of you who support us by attending programs and performances here, there and everywhere. There’s nothing like a happy and enthusiastic audience member.

Here’s the December run down; Don’t forget our standard Open Mic night the First Thursday of the month, the Celtic Music Jam the Third Thursday of the month and Dance and Dessert returns for another three day adventure. Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m., December 4 and 5, join us for amazing dance performances on the stage of A Center for the Arts’ Fergus Theatre. Then wander across the street following the performance for dessert at the Senior Citizens Center.

On Saturday you’ll even want to stop into the Kaddatz Hotel before the performance (or the special artist boutique before or after the performance) for some extra special holiday shopping.

On Dec. 6, we will also host two school matinee performances of Dance and Dessert.

On Dec. 9, Monroe Crossing brings their Bluegrass Christmas Show to A Center for the Arts for a 7:30 p.m. Thursday night performance. We hope to get them to do a special History of Bluegrass program the next morning for schools and anyone else who might want to attend. On that same weekend we have Ross Sutter’s Scandinavian Christmas on Saturday the 11th at 7:30 p.m. There will be Scandinavian Dancers, Hardangar Fiddlers and carols from Scandinavia. On Sunday the 12th, thanks to funding from the Legacy Amendment we are excited to host the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra here at the theater at 3 p.m. This concert is being offered free thanks to the Legacy Funds.

Tickets are going quickly so please get yours soon.

The weekend of Dec. 18 and 19, we have more holiday programs with Lance Johnson’s Holiday Theater Organ Program at noon on Saturday the 18th and the FM Symphony Holiday Pops Concert at 4 p.m. on Sunday the 19th.

For your special film entertainment we’ve got the film classic, “Holiday Inn” being shown here on two consecutive Sundays, the 12th & the 19th, at 7 p.m. We’ve been offering a Holiday Series Package that you might still check into.

Tickets and gift certificates make great gifts. So do memberships and Center for the Arts memorabilia. Here in the lobby we have the artwork of Sara Ronnevik and Christine Lawson on exhibit and some of their work is also for sale.

Another unique gift idea is our year-long pass for two for $500, which allows you and one other person to see ever Center sponsored event for one entire year — which we figure to be a value over $2,500. Buy it for someone else or buy it for yourself.

In the meantime, enjoy our winter wonderland as it unfolds in the weeks ahead.

Rebecca Petersen is the director of A Center for the Arts in Fergus Falls.Give to the max day nets center $7,930

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