2020 Whyte Hall Annual Fund
Dear Friends of Whyte Hall,
As the 2020 season winds down, I am reaching out with an end-of-year appeal in support of our goal of raising $25,000 for Whyte Hall. Whyte Hall is FIPPOA’s greatest asset. We are fortunate to have a beautiful building where the community can congregate for diverse events, performances, and fundraisers.
We all know that this year was a challenge. The pandemic caused Pines cultural groups-- including FIPAP, DRA, and other organizations—to cancel the majority of events that they typically hold at Whyte Hall during the season.
Despite this situation, and following the Governor’s executive orders for reopening, we eventually hosted a number of events on the Lepage Pavilion, including the FIPPOA Fall Meeting and election, our first-ever COBE Town Hall on diversity and inclusion, BOFFO performances, COVID antibody testing that was co-sponsored with the Pines Care Center, and the always popular yoga classes.
While these events were welcomed by FIPPOA and the Pines community, and we were delighted to host them, they were largely free events that did not generate income for Whyte Hall or cover its operating costs.
Now we are calling on you as we look forward to a vibrant 2021 season (regulations permitting). The Pines Foundation is a 501 c3 organization; your contribution is tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.
Members of the Pines community generously contributed millions of dollars towards the cost of building Whyte Hall, for which we are forever grateful. We are again asking for your support to raise $25,000. These funds are critically important to maintaining and operating Whyte Hall for the enjoyment of all. I hope that we can count on you.
On behalf of the Whyte Hall Operating Committee, let me wish you a happy and healthy holiday season.
Chair, The Whyte Hall Operations Committee
The Whyte Hall Operations Committee
Eric Sawyer (Chair),
Ward Auerbach, Steven Alan Black, Howard Goldfarb,
Laura Hartstein, Roger Kluge, Albert Lepage, Ariadne Villarreal
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