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Support Zara Aina--Ginny's 30 for 30!

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WE DID IT!!!!
October 20, 2016

I can't believe it!!  We passed the finish line with a week to go!  Thank you so much to everyone who so generously donated.  You've made  See more

BENEFITING: Zara Aina

Virginia Bartolone

THE STORY:

On October 27th, I will turn 30 years old. Hooray! In honor of this, I hope to raise $900 to support Zara Aina, a phenomenal organization that brings storytelling and theatre education to at-risk youth throughout Madagascar and across the United States.

Why $900? Because $30 for 30 days or $30 from 30 people (or however it all happens!) is the way we reach this goal together. But don't feel pressured to donate $30 if that's not the number for you. Any amount, large or small, will support this incredible group. Or! Feel free to share this online or shout it from the rooftops. All will be deeply appreciated.

As a child, the tools I gained from theatre and its community provided me with a voice, and continues to give me the strength to connect with others--this is the gift that Zara Aina is providing for children across these communities.

Zara Aina was founded by Broadway actors Lucas Caleb Rooney and Bryce Pinkham in 2012 to address the lack of educational opportunities in developing countries through the use of teacher training, artist initiatives, and theatrical workshops. They have partnered with several organizations and foundations, including UNICEF, to make their Madagascar program a reality. Since I couldn't say it better than they do on their website--

"Students spend three years in the Youth Company, which are the three years of their middle school education and the most crucial time for keeping them in school. During these three years, Zara Aina sponsors the cost of our Youth Company’s tuition, food, and medical costs, with the conditions that our members stay in school and show up to after-school rehearsals and additional instruction, including English classes. Through these after-school sessions, Zara Aina aims to provide our student members with a safe, educational, and fun environment that keeps them engaged with their education as well as providing them with sustainable theatrical and storytelling programming that

1. increases their confidence;

2. enhances their self-expression;

and 3. engages them with their community.

The responsibilities and opportunities for our Youth Company increase with each year of the program, and eventually culminates in a third-year touring performance circuit."

Zara Aina has also developed programs in NYC shelters and youth organizations, and recently traveled to teach in Alabama schools. Please visit their site to read about their mission, watch their inspiring videos, and even find out how you can get involved.

In conjunction with this project, I am writing one personal story a day on my blog, MaybeThereWillBeCupcakes.com, as both a personal challenge and a way to reach out to my blogging community. Each day, I will encourage readers to share their own life accounts within the theme of that post. My goal is the provide an ear and a place to celebrate the personal experiences that make up our time on this earth together. I will also be thanking each donor on my blog as the days go on. If you would like me to also link your name to a blog or website, I am happy to do so. Please send me a private message via my blog with any requests. Thank you for already making this a meaningful birthday, and for jumping on to this journey with me.

Photo and video use are from ZaraAina.org.

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$1,092

MONEY RAISED
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  • Anonymous

    $30

  • Anonymous

    $30

  • Helen O'Rourke

    $30

  • Marybeth

    $30

  • Lifeinthethe8tre.com

    $10

  • Ma and Pa

    $100

  • Emily Litman

    $30

  • Uncle Jules

    $50

  • Jared Stanton

    $30

  • Lois and Richard Bartolone

    $30

  • Aunt Barbara

    $30

  • Pia Kutten

    $18

  • Christina

    $30

  • Ali & Sam Bartolone

    $30

  • Jennie Contuzzi

    $20

  • Anonymous

    $10

  • Sarah Lawrence Riehm

    $30

  • Elyse Roland

    $30

  • Jessie BG

    $10

  • Tim Casey

    $30

  • Lindsey and Benjamin Weisman

    $30

  • Lynn Salehi

    $30

  • Kathleen Jones

    $30

  • Dana Sumner-Pritchard

    $25

  • Debi & Ben Goodrich

    $31

  • Kelli

     

  • Cortney Conrad

    $30

  • Anonymous

     

  • Hoovazzzz.

     

  • Carlaina

    $25

  • Robyn Shepherd

     

  • Tom & Anita Bartolone

    $25

  • Fangzhou Zhang

    $20

  • Jenna Clancey

     

  • The Liar

    $30

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121% Raised of $900 Goal

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The Team: $1,092 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

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Fundraiser Title

Virginia Bartolone

Amount Raised

$1,092

 

121% Raised of $900 Goal

Donor Comments

The Liar

The Liar

DONATION: $30

Sorry it took me so long to donate 2 years ago

Jenna Clancey

Jenna Clancey

Tribute to Virginia :) 2 years ago

Fangzhou Zhang

Fangzhou Zhang

DONATION: $20

2 years ago

Tom & Anita Bartolone

Tom & Anita Bartolone

DONATION: $25

Happy 30th Ginny! 2 years ago

Robyn Shepherd

Robyn Shepherd

2 years ago

Carlaina

Carlaina

DONATION: $25

2 years ago

Hoovazzzz.

Hoovazzzz.

2 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

2 years ago

Cortney Conrad

Cortney Conrad

DONATION: $30

Thanks for the fun posts, Ginny, and inspiration to think back on my own life for my 30th (tomorrow!) 2 years ago

Kelli

Kelli

2 years ago