Fri, Jul 4 2008 08:20
| General Stuff
We're thrilled to announce that we've been selected to receive a grant from the Helen Thomas Howland Foundation as administered by The Community Foundation of Tompkins County. From their press release:
"The Community Foundation of Tompkins County is pleased to announce 10 grants totaling over $54,000 of 2008 Helen Thomas Howland Foundation awards to benefit Tompkins and Broome counties. As administrative agent for the Howland Foundation, the Community Foundation of Tompkins County reviews all applications and makes funding recommendations to the Howland Foundation trustees. The Howland Foundation supports grants in aging services, youth services, animal welfare, and the environment. Grants are limited to qualified nonprofit organizations that provide substantial benefit to these areas."
We're especially proud that the mentoring component of R2P is what was recognized in this award. Middle and high schoolers from all across the area have the opportunity to work with skilled professionals and college students to advance the knowledge of their crafts and/or try out something new in theatre, onstage and off.
Just to give a quick example, a recently graduated high school student joined us as an Assistant Stage Manager for Fame in January. Under the mentorship of a college student Stage Manager, she went on to run her own show mid-season. She consequently decided to pursue stage management as career, and with the help of her mentor, put together a portfolio based on her R2P experiences, applied to and was accepted by the college of her choice to major in stage management.
Since January! Thanks to the Howland Foundation and the Community Foundation (and people like you!) this was possible for us to offer this to her with no mandatory fees.
We are happy to announce that we have united with the Dryden Community Center Cafe and that in the month of July you have a chance support two non-profit organizations at once with your consumer dollars! Visit the Dryden Community Center Cafe to enjoy coffee, a fresh salad or panini, or homemade baked goods and 15% of your purchase will directly support Running to Places Productions. Please print this coupon or simply tell the clerk that "Running to Places sent me!"
Make your selections as you pass through or stay to enjoy your surroundings--great seating, a relaxed coffee house atmosphere, artwork, games, books and free Wi-Fi are all on hand to enjoy. And because the Dryden Community Cafe is also a non-profit organization, you can feel good knowing that your purchase goes to help community efforts in the Dryden area as well the work of Running to Places artists!
Don't live in Dryden? Why not make plans to stop in before seeing our next production, Sweet Charity, which runs July 25 - 27 and August 1 - 3 at the Dryden High School Auditorium? Tickets are on sale now and at The Clinton House, 120 N. Cayuga Street, Ithaca or by phone at 1-800-28ITHACA.
The Dryden Community Cafe is located at the corner of Route 13 and Route 38 in downtown Dryden. Visit the website for a menu, hours, and events. Please feel free to pass this info on to family, friends, co-workers, neighbors or anyone who might be willing to support two great organizations!
Thanks, and hope to see you over coffee and at the theatre!
Fri, Jul 4 2008 07:00
Running to Places Productions operates with no mandatory fees for any of its participants. We get by on ticket sales, generous donations, playbill ads, grants, and sponsorships. We've been lucky to have amazing sponsors come forward to support us in this, our very first year.
Sweet Charity (July 25-August 3) will have three sponsors:
• Dryden Community Center Cafe
• Overhead Door Company of Cortland
• Shakespeare in the Basement
The Dryden Community Center Cafe is a not-for-profit community center organized and staffed by volunteers with the goal of offering the community of Dryden and surrounding areas a relaxed and welcoming place in which to gather for coffee and conversation. There are fresh baked goodies, free Wi-Fi, art galleries, music, and more! They're also generously donating 15% of their sales to R2P every day in July -- just print and bring this flyer! Amazing!
The Overhead Door Company of Cortland has proven the part our mission that addresses expanding the range and breadth of our theatre community. They are a fourth generation family-owned company that have been serving Central New York since 1924. And they're a frequent supporter of the arts throughout this area.
Shakespeare in the Basement is a marvel. Don't you consider yourself lucky to live in a community where teens have founded and independently run a company devoted exclusively to the production of the works of William Shakespeare? What could be more inspiring? How about that those teens chose to contribute some of their earnings to support us in our production of Sweet Charity. Kinda restores your faith in the world a bit, huh?
Damn Yankees will have one exclusive sponsor: CSP Management. You've probably heard the commercials on the radio where founder/owner Jerry Dietz talks about the importance of giving back to the community a business serves. Knowing Jerry for many years, I've seen him put that philosophy into action innumerable times. If you've heard of the annual Taste of the Nation event to fight hunger in our community, you've heard of some of the good work that Jerry is personally involved in and that CSP Management also sponsors. As a company, CSP Management is an amazing full service property management firm serving our entire area.
We are honored to have CSP Management as an Exclusive Sponsor for Damn Yankees. When we formed Running to Places, CSP Management was among the first to support us this way. We're very grateful.
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Fri, Jul 4 2008 06:54
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We've just added an official e-mailing list. It's easy to sign up for. Just click here. You'll be asked to enter your email address, and that's it! You'll receive an automated email asking you to confirm that you really want to sign up. All you'll need to do next is just hit "reply" and send it. No comments needed. It is all handled by robots on the interwebs or something.
We won't abuse your inboxes with loads of junk -- just updates on what's happening now, what's coming next, and ways to get involved. If you ever choose to be removed from the list, there's a simple way to do that, too. Either click here or follow the instructions in your confirmation email.
Thanks and see you soon!