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PLEASE DON'T STOP THE MUSIC - Benefit to Save the Dance Programs at Lake M...

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Lake Merritt Veterans Memorial Building

200 Grand Avenue

Oakland, CA CA

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PLEASE DON'T STOP THE MUSIC is a benefit organized by the Bay Area West Coast Swing community to raise money to keep the dance programs at the Lake Merritt Dance Center alive. Event hosts are Yenni Setiawan, Warren Pino, Shannon Pedder, Shin Aoki and Robert Friedman.




ABOUT THE EVENT:

Special workshop taught by Yenni Setiawan from 3:30 to 5:30 for those with experience with West Coast Swing

Beginner Intensive taught by Shin Aoki from 3:30 to 5:30 perfect for anyone brand new to West Coast Swing or with limited experience

Intermediate and beginner lessons from 7:00 to 8:00

Open dancing, jack pot luck of the draw contest and performances from 8:00 to 12:00


WHY WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT:

A few months ago dancers in the Lake Merritt Building were informed by the city of Oakland that starting in January 2020, the dance programs would be shut down. Separately, the Master Renter who holds the lease for the building with the city decided to step down. Trouble in Oak Town!

A group of leaders from our community joined together to form a new non-profit to negotiate a new agreement with the city and keep the programs alive and thriving.

The good news: the City of Oakland wants to work with us and keep the dance programs in the building! We are taking over the lease as of January 1, 2020. We are not at risk of the city kicking us out – unless we cannot pay the rent.

The not such great news: income from our current renters is several thousand dollars short of the rent due to the city on a monthly basis. We are working our butts off to form our new non-profit and get new renters. But we are going to need some help with the transition if we want to keep the programs going.

Simply stated, we don’t have enough money to pay our rent in the first part of of 2020.

We need all of your support to get us through the next six months. We need to raise: $10,000 by December 15, 2019 and an additional $10,000 by March 15, 2020.

These funds will enable us to pay the rent to the city, cover modest administrative costs and create a small reserve fund in case we lose renters. Please know: everyone who is working on this effort is a volunteer – no one is getting paid. We hope to hire someone to help with administration in a few months. Within six months from our launch, we except to be fully solvent with income from renters sufficient to cover our expenses.

We don’t want to be overly dramatic – but the truth is, if we don’t raise the funds we need, we can’t keep our lease with the building. And the programs will close. That would be sad :( But we won’t let it happen!

Our steering committee is doing everything in their power to keep the programs going. Will you support us? We have many dance communities: if everyone gives what they can, we will hit our goal - but only if most of us participate.

Please give generously. Every little bit helps and we would love everyone’s support. If you are in a position to be a Host Sponsor or Legacy Donor, we would be especially grateful.

ABOUT OUR NONPROFIT AND YOUR TAX DEDUCTIBLE DONATION

Lake Merritt Dance Organizers Foundation, Inc (aka Lake Merritt Dance) is a registered California nonprofit corporation. We are applying for 501c3 status from the IRS. During the application process, Lake Merritt Dance will operate under the fiscal sponsorship of Texas Rose, a 501c3 corporation.

All donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

Any donation of $100 or more, or Host Level or higher sponsorship is tax deductible, minus the value of serivces received for attendance of the dance and/or workshop. You will receive documentation for your donation from Texas Rose.

See you on the dance floor on January 25th, 2020!

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