Sunday, February 17, 2013

Planning Full Steam Ahead for MYA's 20th Anniversary Benefit

This year will be MYA's 8th annual benefit!  Since we are celebrating our 20 year milestone, our annual benefit  is an addition to prior efforts to raise the contributed income we need to balance our budget each year.  Prior to moving into the MYA Center at Fort Sheridan in June of 2000, one of our teachers started a Silent Auction in the lobby at Pick Staiger Concert Hall on a concert day and we sent out an end-of-year appeal letter.

Our wonderful home offers  us vastly more options to expand our mission, start new programs and new ensembles!  However, we no longer raise over 90% of our funds from earned income.  Our $1,329,167 budget this year is raised 28% from contributed income, 59% from tuition; and 13% from ticket sales, program ad sales and misc.

This year we have selected a unique and magnificent venue for our benefit, particularly appropriate for music lovers.  One of our parents sent me a link this morning to a PBS video about the venue.  While you cannot appreciate the awesomeness of a visit to the Place de la Musique at the Sanfilippo Estate in Barrington just from watching the video, we hope it  will pique your interest in seeing it in person.   You can make a reservation or sponsor a table at this link.  We are doing a VIP pre-event tour on Wednesday for sponsors and our most important VIP person, Dr. D, who hasn't yet seen the venue.  If you would like additional information, please contact us.

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