|Dear EVOLUTION donors,
I unfortunately had to be out of town for our annual Gala this past weekend, but I came home to find that our special appeal for the CapitalCampaign on Saturday night raised over $18,000! I am continually amazed by the generosity of our supporters, and I’m so thrilled at the momentum that we continue to have in our EVOLUTION! You guys are the best! AND, this all has helped put us firmly over the 50% mark in our fundraising (55% to be exact!), which we couldn’t be more excited about! Here are some more details about what we’ve been up to during the past month of our Campaign…
Collins Match Met
First of all, your support on Saturday night ensured that we have now fully met the $60,000 challenge matching grant from the Collins Foundation that we received back in February! This means that your incredible support has exceeded $60,000 in the past four months alone – six months prior to our December deadline! Like everything else, we’re so grateful to be able to now rely on these funds, and move one significant step closer to that $1.4 million goal. Thank you!
PGE Foundation Support
We received word earlier this month that we have been awarded a $25,000 grant from the PGE Foundation for our EVOLUTION Campaign! As we’ve done so much fundraising from individuals in the past year, we’re now starting to shift our focus to foundations and granting organizations; as we continue in this work, we’re extremely grateful to be able to say that we have the demonstrated support of PGE!
We hosted a fundraising and information night with the Hillsboro Business Integrity Group (BIG) a week and a half ago, and were excited see both old friends and new faces coming out to learn about our company and our plans for being a part of the future of downtown Hillsboro. Thank you to all of you who came to hang out with us, learn about us, and, ultimately, give us your support!
Coriolanus Coming Soon
We’re in the thick of rehearsals for our outdoor summer show – this year an all-female adaptation of Coriolanus – which kicks off our ninth season of work. Coriolanus opens July 7th on the South side of the Tom Hughes Civic Center Plaza, and as much as we like it when you give to us, we also love it when you come and play with us! Plan to pack up your camping chair and a picnic dinner, and come enjoy this exciting, fast-paced, little-known classic with us, July 7-23. We’d love to see you there!
Amid all of this excitement, and our various hectic lives, we’re still very aware that we wouldn’t be here without your support. Like I said, now that we’ve officially passed the 50% point of our fundraising, we’re getting even more excited about the future, and we are so glad to have you on board. Thank you for all you do for Bag&Baggage!
Capital Campaign Manager