We have needed to rethink their fundraising plans this year due to the pandemic. Unable to host a large gathering of people, the annual Fine Arts Auction was cancelled. Bay School activities have continued, and funds are needed, so alternative fundraising efforts are underway. Bay School Board members have purchased gift certificates to local business to create a “Mysteries of Mathews” raffle basket. There are currently gift cards to five businesses in the basket, with a value of $350: Richardson’s Café, Moughons Ace Hardware, Caroline’s Cakes, Zoll Vineyards, a Watercolor Painting Lesson with Jan Finn-Duffy, and the Bay School. The basket will continue to grow with additional gift cards and mystery items. Raffle tickets are available now and will be sold online and at the Bay School until the winning ticket is drawn on December 22. Tickets are $5 each or 5 for $20. Purchase your tickets here or in the gallery.
Other ongoing and upcoming fundraising efforts include a “Succulents and More” plant sale, with donated plants and pots made by the Clay by the Bay Ceramics Guild; a limited edition print sale starting in early November, and an online auction from November 12-15. The annual Empty Bowls Fundraiser to support Hands Across Mathews will feature “really empty bowls” this year, with bowls available for sale online and at the Bay School, with no in-person soup event. Check out the Fun! Raising tab to keep up with our events and efforts.
More information and raffle tickets are found on the Bay School website. Proceeds from the raffle and all fundraising except Empty Bowls will support Bay School community programs, such as Art-to-Go and the free OpenArts After School Program.
A very huge THANK YOU from all of us at the Bay School to all of you who supported us and donated during The Amazing Raise! We were blessed with 122 donors from 13 states, D.C., and even London, U.K., for a total of $5680. Overall The Amazing Raise raised $1,741,376.92 from 20,421 donors for greater Richmond area non-profits. We were part of something huge! Thank you, community!
These generous donations will help us be able to continue our mission to bring art to the greater Mathews community through our gallery, specialized art classes for children and adults, our new teen open studio program, outreach programs to other community service areas, and our annual free week of art for children.
We are in the thick of it! Less than 6 hours left in the 36-hour Amazing Raise and we have raised $5155 from an Amazing 112 donors. Thank you!!! We are only 1/3 of the way to our goal, though, so please find it in your hearts to give today! We want to be able to bring art to Mathews for years to come, and part of being a non-profit means we need your help.
You can donate HERE until 6:00 pm today, EST. Thank you!
I'm sure you've heard of the Amazing Raise... if you haven't, I'm going to tell you all about it! The Amazing Raise is a fabulous and fun fundraising experience brought to us by Give Richmond, a cooperative of area Community Foundations that is an information super-resource for donors and non-profits in the greater Richmond area. The Amazing Raise is an online giving extravaganza that takes place in a 36-hour window from 6am September 17 to 6pm September 18, and includes fun and interesting challenges to give competing non-profits a chance to get ahead for a special prize. We worked hard to produce a video with the extreme help and guidance of photographer Bruce Nelson. If you've had a camera in your face lately, it's for a good cause, and we appreciate your time and patience with the project!!! The video is complete and uploaded to YouTube, so please watch it and share with your friends, family, fellow art lovers, and perfect strangers you connect with online. The more viral the video goes, the better our chance at winning the fantastic new Go Viral! Video Prize sponsored by the Community Foundation. So here it is! Click on the link below... and support the Bay School in the Amazing Raise!
Bay School Art in a Word - Amazing Raise 2014