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GATEWAY MENS CHORUS' Fundraiser:

26th Season Annual Appeal Campaign

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BENEFITING: GATEWAY MENS CHORUS

THE STORY:

For twenty-six years, the Gateway Men's Chorus has provided a safe environment where men from all walks of life, sexual orientations, and different stages of self-acceptance come together to share experiences, celebrate our culture, and use their musical talent to impact others in a positive way. This united song is the gift the Gateway Men’s Chorus has been giving our members and our audiences for these many years.

We are launching our annual appeal drive (November 2012 – March 2013) with a goal of raising $10,000. In return, we promise to work to deliver meaningful seasons and continue to develop programs that support the community by offering opportunities for self-expression, celebration, and acceptance while building bridges within the general populations.

We are proud of our history of great performances, and thrilled to invite you to join us for our twenty-sixth season, opening with HOLIDAY!, December 14 and 15, 2012. You won’t want to miss Bad Boys! , March 15 and 16, 2013 when the Chorus will be joined by legendary rocker Fred Schneider from the B-52’s. We wrap up our season June 21 and 22, 2013 with our Pride concert CELEBRATE! With such an exciting season, it is easy to overlook that the Gateway Men’s Chorus is much more than our concerts; in fact, the Chorus has a strong tradition of giving back to the community. Like our brother and sister choruses across the nation, we understand that we have the power and responsibility to make positive changes in our community. For our efforts, the Gateway Men’s Chorus was recognized this year by the Mayor and Board of Aldermen of the City of St. Louis for twenty-five years of service and by FOCUS St. Louis, with their “What’s Right with the Region” award.

When you give to the annual appeal for the Gateway Men’s Chorus, you become part of a large family of supporters who care about the LGBT community and understand the power of music to inspire those around us. Here’s what you help make possible:

• Your donation to the Chorus supports the 100 members, volunteers and staff to create the concerts performed for over 6,000 individuals yearly with our message of acceptance, equality, and pride.

• Your donation to the Chorus allows us to break barriers by helping to offset costs of performances for special audiences like the St. Stanislaus Catholic Church last year and Kirkwood Baptist Church this year. In each circumstance, the Gateway Men’s Chorus was the first LGBT organization ever to be invited to perform.

• Your donation to the Chorus allows the expansion of education and community programs like our new music workshop series available to the entire community. We are thrilled to announce our plans to for the creation of an exciting new collaborative LGBT mixed youth chorus and eventual arts program.

• Your donation to the Chorus allows us to provide outreach and fundraising support for ever-expanding community agencies and organizations like St. Louis Effort for AIDS, Project Ark, BackStoppers, Washington University OUTGRADS, Pride Scholarship Committee, PRIDE St. Louis, and Volunteer Lawyers and Accountant for the Arts, just to name a few.

As a nonprofit organization, we rely on contributions from donors such as you. Please join in helping us achieve our $10,000 giving goal. Whatever donation level you choose to give helps us meet our $10,000 annual appeal goal and allows the Gateway Men’s Chorus to impact the lives of you, your friends and your neighbors. Together we are making a difference!

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