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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.