Your Thanks: NECCA Circus Spectacular

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Editor of the Reformer,

On behalf of the New England Center for Circus Arts, I would like to take a moment to extend a deep thank you. On March 2 and 3 we filled the Latchis Theater in an event that raised just over $26,000 for local outreach programming and scholarships. This will help NECCA continue free workshops at area housing developments, winter sports programming for schools and scholarships for students for whom the fitness and creativity that circus offers can be life changing.

I would like to acknowledge our lead sponsor, Brattleboro Savings and Loan, with additional support from Backroads Granola, Brattleboro Tire, Trust Company of Vermont, Berkley & Veller Realtors, New Chapter, The Works Bakery, Whetstone Station Restaurant, and gift bag donations from Bravo Botanical, Tavernier Chocolates and Side Hill Farms. Amy's Bakery and the Vermont Country Deli also provided performer food. A grant from the Vermont Community Foundation supported artists in the community, and our media sponsors The Reformer, and Peter Case with the radio group The Peak / KOOL/ WEEI helped spread the word.

A concurrent Basket Raffle had five lucky winners win baskets valued at over $600 each with items donated from generous area businesses. Find their links on our website at https://www.necenterforcircusarts.org/shop/raffle-fundraiser/.

We would also like to express appreciation to Jon Potter and Darren Goldsmith with Latchis Arts, Francesca Bourgault, David Woodberry, and backstage crew Owen Leonard, Nicole Londraville, Kenzie Mitzner, Serafina Walker, Bradley Zweir, Kimberly Walker and Zan Goncalves. A shout out to Scott and Dave of Frogmeadow Bed and Breakfast who hosted the LGBTQ pre-event social at ECHO restaurant, River Gallery School for hosting our VIP event, and the many volunteers who gave of their time and services. Lodging for performers was donated by Comfort Inn and the Latchis Hotel.

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

And hold the date for 2019, the first weekend in March, when we will be bringing the 10th annual Circus Spectacular annual fundraising extravaganza to the Latchis Stage.

With gratitude,

Serenity Smith Forchion and Elsie Smith, NECCA Founders

Brattleboro, March 8


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