Archive for Fundraising

Five Reasons We Offer Thanks

It’s Thanksgiving weekend, and we want to pause amid all the feasting and festivities to express our heartfelt gratitude to the people in our organization and our community that make it possible for us to continue bringing quality musical entertainment to the South Bay.

Our blessings are many, but in the interest of brevity, let’s talk about five that have touched our hearts in 2017:

The recognition of our peers

Our most recent production of The Bridges of Madison County was endorsed by Theatre Bay Area with their “TBA Recommended” seal of approval. We take great pride in the quality of our shows, and it was gratifying to be recognized in a region where there are so many other amateur and professional theater groups competing for attention.

The dedication of our staff

For the past year, we have been especially fortunate to enlist the services of Sara Dean as our paid Production Manager. Sara has been an invaluable addition to our team, providing a smiling face to the community while offloading countless tasks from our shows’ producers.

Sadly, Sara is leaving us for a job with the YMCA. She made such a positive impact in her short time with us, however, that our Board of Directors unanimously voted to maintain Sara’s momentum by looking for another professional to whom she can pass the baton.

Are you Interested in the job or do you know someone who might be? See information here.

The talent of our volunteers

Like most non-equity theater groups, our cast, crews, and Board of Directors put in countless hours of rehearsal, performance, and outreach. We know how precious their time is, and value each person’s contribution. Our volunteers are the backbone of SBMT; without them we would cease to exist.

The generosity of our patrons

In addition to money you spend for tickets, many of you help us financially in a variety of ways: by donating back unused tickets so they can be resold, by responding to our fundraisers, and (we hope) considering us among the beneficiaries you remember this week on #GivingTuesday.

The loyalty of our audiences

Finally, we are grateful to all of you who come to our shows, join the applause, tell their friends, and renew their subscriptions year after year. To that end, we remind you to save the date—Tuesday, January 30—for our membership meeting and 2018-2019 season announcement. You are the best, and we thank you for supporting us year after year. Not many theater companies are still around after half a century of service, but as long as you keep coming back for more, we promise to deliver.

Happy holidays to each and every one of you!

 

“Giving Tuesday” is November 28

You’ve heard of Black Friday after Thanksgiving. You may have heard of Cyber Monday. But what about #GivingTuesday?

#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their end-of-year philanthropy. (To learn more, watch their 80-second video.)

To join in the spirit of this global movement, we at South Bay Musical Theatre are kicking off our year-end fundraising drive on Giving Tuesday! On that evening, members of our Board of Directors will be stuffing, stamping, and mailing our 2017 fundraising drive letter to YOU, our wonderful supporters.

Why help SBMT?

South Bay Musical Theatre has been bringing music, laughter, and art to our community for over half a century. But ticket prices cover less than 75% of our costs. Your year-end gift will help keep live theater alive and well at a time when we need it most.

So we invite you to watch for your letter! Or, even better, why wait? In the words of Broadway legend Jerry Herman, “We need a little Christmas right this very minute!” To get a jump on Giving Tuesday “right this very minute,” just go to www.southbaymt.com/ye17 and join in the wonderful spirit of generosity that we celebrate at this time of year!

Thank you for your ongoing support, and may your entire holiday season be filled with love!

How SBMT can profit from your online purchases

Amazon-Smile-logoIt only takes a few keystrokes on your part, but it can add up to big bucks for SBMT. The amazon.com “Smile” program allows you to designate a favorite non-profit (like us!) to benefit from most everything you buy online—from disposable diapers to a ten-grand TV. Amazon then makes a donation to your designated charity equal to one half percent of your purchase.

Amazon has a detailed description of the program on their site, but it’s not all that complicated. The trick is to make sure you go to smile.amazon.com to start your purchase process. (If you forget or omit the “SMILE” in the web address, there’s no retroactive credit.)

You only need to set up your account once to designate South Bay Musical Theatre as the beneficiary of your buying power. It’s easy as 1-2-3:

  1. Go to smile.amazon.com, type “South Bay Musical” in the “Search” dialog box, and hit “Search.”
  2. When the search results are displayed, click “Select” next to “South Bay Musical Theatre.”
  3. In the final dialog, check “Yes I understand that I must always start at smile.amazon.com to support South Bay Musical Theatre.”

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Once you have completed the setup, just bookmark smile.amazon.com and use it to start all your future online transactions. You can search and order the same as always, but now you’ll see an acknowledgement under your search box saying that you are “Supporting South Bay Musical Theatre.” (see photo)

Supporting: South Bay Musical Theatre

Our fundraising team will be forever grateful, and you will have the satisfaction of knowing your painless philanthropy will help ensure the continued quality of our future endeavors! One half of one percent may sound insignificant, but with everyone participating, it adds up quickly. In fact, we just got a check for $50 from Amazon for our members’ Q2 purchases.