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Ellen Potenza's Fundraiser:

For $12.78 a kid can dance!

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BENEFITING: Ballet Tech Foundation

ORGANIZER: Ballet Tech Foundation

EVENT: Giving Tower Holiday Challenge

EVENT DATE: Nov 24, 2015

Ellen Potenza

THE STORY:

Ballet Tech Foundation wrote -

Sprinkled among the tens of thousands of public elementary school children in New York City are children with a natural gift for dance who have had little or no access to the early training required by the rigors of ballet. Addressing this breach is imperative, as a resource for classical dance as well as for parity of opportunity. Pursuing this visionary imagining, in 1978, Ballet Tech established its tuition-free school. The process of identifying children with nascent gift and fervor for dance is large in scale and refined in detail. It happens like this: every year, Ballet Tech sends audition teams to approximately 200 public elementary schools across New York City. All the kids in grades 2-5 audition, about 30,000 each year. During the auditions, the kids learn a few steps. As they make their first attempts at pliés, relevés, skipping, and leaping, a few of the kids may find that not only do they like dancing but that they’re good at it too! Not all of the kids who audition will dance - in fact, very few of them will, but they all will have a unique opportunity to explore their own potential and learn a little bit about classical dance. Those children who do go on to train at the Ballet Tech School will have a life-changing experience. For the kids, the cost to audition is free. But for Ballet Tech, the cost is $12.78 per child. Multiply that by 30,000 kids and you'll realize we could use some help. This is where you come in. We receive generous support from a number of individuals, foundations, and government agencies. But recent cuts to arts funding has left us short. A contribution from you will help us bridge the gap. With this fundraiser, we hope to cover the cost of 2,000 children or more, a whopping $25,560. You can help by sponsoring 1, 2, 7, or more kids’ auditions. Give any amount you wish, but please give something and encourage your friends and family to do the same. Thank you!

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MONEY RAISED
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  • PK Drago

    $20

  • Rachel Rhodes-Devey

    $20

  • Kaira kristbergs

     

  • Emma Lewis

    $12.78

  • John Bila Ellen Potenza

    $20

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The Team: $14,589 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

Fundraiser Title

Ballet Tech Foundation

Amount Raised

$8,570

 

34% Raised of $25,560 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Maggie Christ

Amount Raised

$1,696

Fundraiser Title

Dr. Michael Schnur

Amount Raised

$840

Fundraiser Title

Kaitlyn Gilliland

Amount Raised

$722

Fundraiser Title

Amelie Liu

Amount Raised

$500

Fundraiser Title

Cindy Eng

Amount Raised

$475

Fundraiser Title

Angela Cascone

Amount Raised

$475

Fundraiser Title

Melissa Quigley

Amount Raised

$391

Donor Comments

John Bila Ellen Potenza

John Bila Ellen Potenza

DONATION: $20

In Honor of Ellen Potenza, who reflects very highly on the image of Ballet Tech, and strives for excellence and immediacy in her response to inquiries! Even though I now live in Florida, her singular manner, as much as Eliot's genius, prompted this donation! 3 years ago

Emma Lewis

Emma Lewis

DONATION: $12.78

3 years ago

Kaira kristbergs

Kaira kristbergs

3 years ago

Rachel Rhodes-Devey

Rachel Rhodes-Devey

DONATION: $20

3 years ago

PK Drago

PK Drago

DONATION: $20

3 years ago