Letter: Your Thanks: Circus Spectacular a fundraising success

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Editor of the Reformer,

NECCA's 10th annual Circus Spectacular dazzled the stage of the Latchis Theater on March 7 and 8.

Ten years ago, NECCA produced the first Circus Spectacular fundraiser. Since then, the annual event has raised more than $200,000 for outreach and scholarships in our community — adding another $21,000 raised this year!

These programs would not be possible without the support and enthusiasm of many beginning with our audience. On behalf of the Board of Directors, I also want to thank our show sponsors, including lead sponsor Brattleboro Savings and Loan, with additional support from Chroma Technology, Backroads Granola, Trust Company of Vermont, New Chapter, Berkley Veller Inc, Oak Meadow, Silver Forest, Brattleboro Tire and The Whetstone Station Restaurant and Brewery. Bravo Botanicals, Side Hill Farms, VT Country Deli, Amy's Bakery and Cherry Rail Farm provided performer hospitality. We also thank media sponsors The Reformer and radio group The Peak, KOOL & WEEI. Michelle Frehsee Photography and Angus Reid Q Filmworks took shared their talents of photography and videography.

Numerous stalwart NECCA volunteers created a Basket Raffle and 5 lucky winners won amazing items donated by many area businesses raising another $2790 for scholarships. Find links on our website at www.necenterforcircusarts.org/shop/raffle_tickets/.

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Finally, this program would not have been possible without the jaw dropping contributions of the performers themselves who came from around the world to donate their considerable talent and time.

Two weeks ago this letter would have ended differently — with an invitation to come to the NECCA trapezium and view the activity through the giant glass viewing windows. Today, I invite you to check out our newest programming — virtual classes! NECCA's door are closed, and we now offer online real time interactions in classes for all levels offered by the world's best circus and fitness teachers--pay what you can. We're here to do our part in keeping our community together. www.necenterforcircusarts.org

With deep gratitude and hope,

Serenity Smith Forchion and Elsie Smith, co-Founders

New England Center for Circus Arts

March 22


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