Thank you for your participation and support during our 2013 Annual Appeal. We raised $ 2,885 through Give Local and nearly $ 6,000 so far. Please continue to give so we can meet our goal!
As the 2012-2013 fiscal year comes to an end, it is certainly worthy to note that Shepaug Friends of Musics has just celebrated its 10th year supporting the arts in our communities.
During very difficult economic times, we maintained our financial stability, while supporting the theatre and musical departments of Shepaug Middle and High School. SFOM provided the full financial backing for the Middle School's successful production of "Edwina". We were also the main financial backer of the High School's terrific production of "How to Succeed in Business." Financing the theatre productions of both schools has been a new avenue for SFOM, and has made us aware of the need to raise more funds going forward.
We made our presence known at functions through Washington, Roxbury and Bridgewater through market days on the Green and at the school performances. Our annual Messiah Sign at the Roxbury Congregational Church was a highlight of the year, a resounding success by all accounts, and enjoyed by all.
As we look forward to the comming year, we need to concentrate on bringing in fresh new talent to our Board. We need to add new Directors to fulfill our mission. Fundraising is priority number one this coming year. The Board will look to new ideas, venues and reach people not yet familiar with our pledge to the community to support and improve music education in our schools. We will seek a closer collaboration with our music teachers, seek their participation as we look for funds to buy instruments, sheet music, scripts and to supplement the program. We will foster a two-way street and look for their support and involvement in our mission so that we can better support theirs.
In closing, I want to thank each one of our Board members for their dedication and work this past year. If each of us can bring in one additional new member, think of how much better this coming year can be.