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Our 2020 End of Year Letter
One year ago, unbelievably, we sent you a letter with this opening:
On August 30, we opened the doors to our new home. It was a dream that could only be realized with your extraordinary help, and you answered the call. We are thrilled to report that the attendance for our first-ever world premiere in the Gould Theater was record-breaking.
Shortly after that we announced our most ambitious season ever: ten shows to be presented at the Park and in the Gould throughout 2020. As you know, we had to cancel everything and attempt to figure out how to keep our creative and fiscal fires burning without doing live performances.
We have managed, in spite of these extraordinary circumstances, to bring you dozens of offerings, keeping Northern Sky warm, joyful, and vibrant. If you visit our website right now, you’ll be immediately assured that Northern Sky is still bursting with creativity, as distinctive and quirky as ever.
We’ve been tending to the Northern Sky hearth, marshalling the resources we have, which are still mighty. They include a dedicated staff and board—an ongoing hallmark of the Northern Sky spirit. They include an extended group of artists—writers, singers, actors—all now without regular employment, but still brimming with fresh ideas and enthusiasm. They include you, eager to volunteer, click on the link for a virtual concert, watch The Jeff & Katie Show, or get your bid in for a Raise the Curtain auction item. And we have more to come, including Home for the Holidays: Wherever You Are, another tremendous gala event with plenty of ways to enjoy all things Northern Sky.
When it became apparent that 2020 would not be the year we had anticipated, we began planning, as best we could, for the unforeseen. Starting in March, we looked as far down the road as possible to figure out what it would take to come back whole when things return to normal. Initially that meant looking at the 2020 season, hoping that something could be salvaged. We had spreadsheets and numbers for multiple scenarios. We know now that we need to look even further down the road, through 2021 and into 2022.
So we are launching the Rekindle Campaign. Our goal is to raise $1.75 million to ensure we have what it takes to cover our losses for 2020 and to safeguard against any further hits we might take in 2021. While our new scenarios do have us performing in the Park next year, we anticipate that some restrictions and hesitation will continue to limit large gatherings. It’s prudent for us to plan accordingly.
This is more than double the amount that we normally need to raise, but the remarkable thing is: we are nearly halfway to our goal. Several generous lead donors immediately recognized the urgency of the situation and, without hesitation, gave us the much-needed starter fuel for the Rekindle Campaign.
Now we are asking you and all those who have come to know us over the years to help us out. Fuel our future, keep the glow, feel the warmth—together. We’re so eager to gather with you again to do just that in person, as soon as we possibly can. In the meantime, with your support, we’ll keep tending the hearth, eagerly awaiting your return.
OUR HEARTFELT THANKS,
Jeffrey Herbst, Artistic Director
Dave Maier, Managing Director
Holly Feldman, Director of Development
Mailing Address: 9058 County Road A, Fish Creek, WI 54212
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Fred Alley New Musical Fund
Northern Sky produces original musical works. A new show can take three years of writing and workshopping before it is ready for production. Northern Sky needs to provide for our authors and directors with financial resources and time to continue bringing you the excellent shows that have become a standard for Northern Sky.
Consider a Gift of Stock or Securities
A gift of stock can provide much needed support for Northern Sky and offers you financial benefits as well. Publicly traded securities (stocks, bonds, etc.) may be transferred to Northern Sky, entitling you to an income tax reduction for the full market value of the securities. For more information on how to transfer your securities to Northern Sky, contact Dave Maier at the Northern Sky Office, (920) 633-3227.
If you have any questions, please call Holly Feldman at (920) 633-3228 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our Mailing Address: Northern Sky Theater, 9058 County Road A, Fish Creek, WI, 54212
On August 30, 2019, we opened the doors to our new home. It was a dream that could only be realized with your extraordinary help, and you answered the call. We are thrilled to report that the attendance for our first-ever world premiere in the Gould Theater was record-breaking, marking the most successful fall season we’ve had since we did our first fall show twenty-seven years ago. It’s all a testament to your loyalty and your willingness to literally follow us wherever we might happen to break out in song. Check out the link below to see our flyover, building update, join us for a tour in person, or pledge to help us finish everything we set out to do.