02 December 2014

All I Want For Christmas...

Last Thursday was Thanksgiving. Then came the shopping mayhem days: Black Friday and Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday. Today's Giving Tuesday, a day to make a difference.

And, though you're surely inundated by pleas from this great organization and that terrific non-profit, let me tug a little at your heartstrings.

Since sometime in the last century, more than 18 years if you really want to know, I've worked at a small awesome unique tuition-free ballet school. In a nutshell (though we don't put on a Nutcracker), we audition kids in the NYC public schools, and we teach them to dance. And, so that training is frictionless, we have an on-site public school for our students, we help them with transportation, we provide an after school program for working families, and did I mention that there's no tuition for the ballet program? If I may say so myself, we do great work.

In order to conduct auditions, we rent cars - lots of Zipcars - and send teams of people out to the elementary schools. Over the course of a year, we'll audition about 30,000 kids - kids who would never otherwise get a chance to dance. Crunching down the numbers, it ends up costing us just under $13 for each kid that we audition.

Do you have $13 to spare? If so, we'll put it to good use.

Here's a link. It's really fast and easy.

Support Ballet Tech through Crowdrise

Think of all the people who ask you to sponsor them in walk-a-thons or the like. This is my walk-a-thon. Thank you. Really, thank you so much.


Catherine said...

Done! Thanks for the reminder.

By the way, my husband just booked his company's ice shanty (that's a thing) for an afternoon in December so STAY TUNED for adventures in ice fishing.

Rima said...

Ballet Tech sounds amazing! And they accepted my donation even though it is no longer Giving Tuesday but rather "catch up on blogs" Thursday :)

slow panic said...

This is so cool!

Jocelyn said...

I'm late to this post, but I want to tell you how much I LOVE the work you're involved in. What a gift not only to those kids but to all of the world, to give them this opportunity.