The 2014 Giving Challenge this month was such a thrill and raised much needed funds. Our portion of the over $3 million raised was 32 donations for $1,725 through the Community Foundation. We will receive those funds less fees this summer. We also had private donations directly to HSOSC of $430 and those are already in the bank! Our monthly operating expenses run around $3,000 and over the summer months our income is quite low so these fundraising efforts are sorely needed. If you missed the opportunity to participate, we’d be delighted if you’d click the “Donate” button in our right-hand column to use any credit card (and you can even, if you like, opt for a recurring monthly donation). Of course, one of those old-fangled financial documents known as a check is also always warmly received!
We have had a very beneficial Strategic Planning retreat with the Board of Directors led by John McCarthy and on Monday we will meet to work out the calendar plans for the next season. We hope to have many returning events and perhaps many new types of activities that will help the coffers. Watch this space so you can fill in your 2014-2015 calendar when we firm it all up!
The Woman’s Club of Sarasota has met with us and are getting on board with enhancements for the Crocker Memorial Church. They are offering support in the form of creating pew cushions to soften our seating, and window shades to make viewing slide presentations and the like brighter and easier. We will be having a sewing bee (yes, seriously!) in the church on August 6, 2014 at 9:30am – all worker bees are welcome.
— Report by Linda Garcia, Site ManagerImage courtesy of distractify.com