The Spirit of Giving

Ashley Pirsig

Ashley Pirsig, Assistant Director of Development

In the spring of 1844, The Gentleman’s Magazine attributed a sudden burst of charitable giving in Britain to Charles Dickens’s novella, A Christmas Carol. In 1867 America, a Mr. Fairbanks attended a reading on Christmas Eve in Boston and was so moved he closed his factory on Christmas Day and sent every employee a turkey.

This weekend, I had the pleasure of seeing my first VSC production of A Christmas Carol with my parents. When we left the theater (admittedly, a little teary-eyed), we collectively decided to forgo gifts to each other this year and focus on serving those less fortunate. On the surface, A Christmas Carol is a simple morality tale, a holiday story with ghosts and goodwill, but it has a powerful way of reminding us what Christmas is all about.

This year, VSC received another powerful reminder about the real meaning of Christmas. A generous donor has agreed to match dollar for dollar every new or increased donation received by December 31st, up to a total of $25,000. We sort of feel like the Charity Man at the end of the show after Scrooge whispers in his ear – excited, humbled and incredibly grateful. We also feel a great deal of responsibility to meet the challenge and, dare I say, exceed it.

In this season of giving, will you help us honor our donor and the inner (reformed) Scrooge in all of us by making a donation to VSC? Your gift be doubled, allowing you to play a vital role in our productions, underwrite the arts education opportunities we provide to over 30,000 Hampton Roads students each year and leave a legacy of great theatrical performances for the entire community.

Thank you for being a part of our theater family and believing in the work that we do. Wishing you a merry and magical holiday season!

Ashley Pirsig
Assistant Director of Development

To make your donation today and DOUBLE YOUR IMPACT, please visit our website www.vastage.com or contact me directly at 757-627-6988 x342 or apirsig@vastage.com.

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One thought on “The Spirit of Giving

  1. Zara in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California says:

    Thank you for this delightful reminder of what Christmas is all about.

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