WINTER HARBOR — Some $26,000 has been raised to support Schoodic Arts for All’s year-round cultural programming even though the organization was unable to hold its 10th Summer Luncheon, the year’s biggest fundraising event, due to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic.
Last May, the luncheon’s organizer, Jane Bradley, sent out a letter of regret to Schoodic Arts for All’s patrons informing them that the luncheon and accompanying auction and raffle could not be take place due to health and safety concerns. Proceeds from the event account for more than 10 percent of the organization’s operational budget.
Responding to the letter, Schoodic Arts’ patrons sent monetary gifts often greater than their usual donations. The outpouring of support will help the organization get through this challenging year. The organization has still held many class offerings online this year by suggested donation.
“This outpouring of support is truly humbling, as our donors demonstrate that Schoodic Arts for All is a high priority for them in this unprecedented time,” Executive Director Mary Laury said. “We are grateful to Jane Bradley and our donors. We are ever committed to serving our community by adapting arts experience in innovative and safe ways.” To learn more, visit schoodicartsforall.org.