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MCAA receives two Play It Forward matching gifts

Posted on January 14, 2021 by Zi Wang

Mason Community Arts Academy secured two matching gifts, totaling $1,750, for the Play It Forward fundraising campaign that increased our total donation amount to $4,675.

In an effort to make the arts accessible to more students and families in need, the Academy hosted a crowdfunding campaign during the winter holiday season. Throughout the 31-day fundraising period, more than 50 generous donors supported the cause and helped to meet the two matching goals: a $750 donation from Academy Advisory Board members: J.P. Phaup and Paula Martino; Matt Morris; and Mary Lechter and Kevin Murray; and a $1,000 matching gift from an anonymous Academy family.

“We are so appreciative of everyone who donated to our Play it Forward campaign,” said Elizabeth Curtis, Executive Director of the Academy. “It was such a success and assisted so many families and students, enabling them to remain in their lessons and classes during these financially challenging times.”

Play It Forward, a tuition assistance campaign, aims to help those Academy students and families in need to continue their arts education throughout the pandemic. It has received positive responses since it was first created in May 2020.

As the pandemic continues to impact our community, the Play It Forward needs-based scholarship helps students continue with their arts education and offer a sense of normality. So far, the campaign has enabled ten students to continue to hone their skills and spread the joy and beauty of the arts for their audiences.

One Academy parent shared, “The scholarship has helped to keep our daughter in a world-class music education program despite the economic downturn. It’s truly been a blessing for us!”

“I have loved seeing my students continue to develop their musicianship and artistry,” shared Suzanne Dorman, Guitar Teaching Artist. “This is something the pandemic has not taken away from us! We can still create beauty and share the gift of music with those around us.”

We are grateful for the generous donations to the Play It Forward campaign and will continue to raise funds to help more Academy families. If you would like to make a contribution, please visit our Play It Forward Campaign Homepage.