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Category: Letters

A Letter from Mary Jane Lifsey

Dear Jim:

re: Damn Yankees

Well! You and the Playhouse have done it again! My Jim and I saw that amusing play yesterday (Tuesday). Wow! Wow! Wow! Britt is an outstanding director. Not only is Blake an entertaining actor, his voice is exceptional. His and Weslie’s voices blended like P.B. & J.!

Leila was so very believable as Lola. Jason and Carol did not fail to deliver either. The lady sitting next to me said she had seen this play years ago with Jerry Lewis as Mr. Applegate, but this was so much better!

The music, high level of energy with the ball players, and Bill’s believable role playing, as well as the main curtain painting—all contributed to a delightful afternoon. Thank all of you so much. (And you were not bad yourself, Jim!)

After enjoying the Playhouse for over twenty-five years, this is only the second letter of appreciation and praise I have written you. Thank you for attracting such talented performers. An added benefit is to watch these young men and women—like Daniel Black—develop into real professionals. So keep on bringing the Best of the Best to perhaps the best audience. And let’s see some more of you, too!

Always,

Mary Jane Lifsey

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A Letter from Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Greater Chattanooga

Dear Cumberland County Playhouse:

How proud and excited I am to be able to write to you and report the continuing success of our “It’s A Rockin’ Auction—Online” and to thank you so much for investing in our efforts to use the power of the internet to raise vital funds for the mission of the Ronald McDonald House. Your support and the donation of over 500 items were the keys to us being able to put $47,793 (after expenses) in the “Share A Night” Fund which allows every family who needs our service to put the worry of paying aside and focus only on their sick child. This will support 26 families each night for 34 nights.

As you know, we again launched a full-scale advertising campaign for the auction with all forms of media including TV, radio, newspaper, billboards, magazines and even the CARTA buses! With the popularity of social media, we also expanded our advertising with posts on Facebook, and tweets on Twitter! We hope that each marketing impression gives you some results!

The auction online has proven to be an excellent way to not only promote our mission but to reach out to new friends, and I hope that you’ll consider continuing your support and donation in 2013. I can only look at the faces of each of the 26 families who reside daily in our House and tell you on their behalf how much it means to them to have a safe, comfortable home away from home at the most trying time of their life. Thank you again for making the auction such a success!

Best wishes,

Jane L. Kaylor

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A Letter from Komen Upper Cumberland

Dear Cumberland County Playhouse:

Thank you again so very much for your generosity and continued support of the Upper Cumberland Komen affiliate and its mission to end breast cancer forever. The donation of passes to the Cumberland County Playhouse helped the tournament committee double our proceeds from last year’s inaugural event and assist more women in this area.

We were blessed with beautiful weather and enthusiastic teams Aug. 17, all of whom left well fed and happy to have been a part of a event that supports the women of this region in gaining access to lifesaving breast cancer screenings. The Upper Cumberland Susan G. Komen affiliates uses 75 percent of all money raised to support grant programs for women in the Upper Cumberland. Currently, Komen Upper Cumberland supports free mammogram grants at Cumberland Medical Center, as well as breast health education and survivorship programs across the 14-county region. In fact, since its inception in 2006, the Upper Cumberland affiliate has granted more than $644,000 to area hospitals, nonprofit organizations and the Tennessee Breast and Cervical Network.

The remaining 25 percent of funds raised supports ground-breaking breast cancer research. Since 1982, Komen has played a critical role in every major advance in the fight against breast cancer, with more early detection, more effective treatments, more hope, more research and more survivors. About 70 percent of women age 40 and older receive regular mammograms, the single most effective screening tool to find breast cancer early. And that’s the goal—find and diagnose breast cancer early when treatment can be more effective. Today, the five-year relative survival rate for women diagnosed with early stage breast cancer is 98 percent and there are about 3 million breast cancer survivors in the U.S.

Your support makes a difference in this community, across the region and across the country. Thank you, again!

Sincerely,

Heather Mullinix

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A Letter from Teen Challenge of the Upper Cumberland

Dear Cumberland County Playhouse:

Thank you for your recent donation of two tickets of any show for the third annual Teen Challenge of the Upper Cumberland Hope for the Life Golf Tournament held on April 6. Your contribution to our nonprofit organization enabled us to raise funds to continue giving hope to those that struggle with addiction. Your donation helped to make an enjoyable day of golfing for the twenty-five teams that participated.

Teen Challenge of the Upper Cumberland provides faith based addiction recovery services through its women’s residential crisis center and placement of men, women, and adolescents into long-term Teen Challenge centers. Since opening in October 2009, we have placed 288 individuals into one of the most successful long-term programs in the nation. We sincerely appreciate all donations your organization was able to give and we look forward to partnering with you again for the 2014 Hope for Life golf tournament next year!

Thank you again for your generosity.

Sincerely,

Tim McLauchlin
April 8, 2013

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A Letter from Big Brothers Big Sisters of NWGA Mtns.

Dear Cumberland County Playhouse:

Thank you for your generous donation of the Tickets for Two for our 5th Annual Father Daughter Ball. Your donation was used as a part of the raffle/auction during the event. The event is held to raise dollars to further fund our mission.

Our vision is to provide a mentor for children facing adversity. We provide our Littles with healthy relationships through volunteer mentors, we professionally supervise these matches, and offer additional education and support services in our area. In 2012, over 800 children received one-to-one mentoring services through our community and site based programs.

Through donations like yours, our organization can continue to raise the needed funds to serve the children of our community. Thank you for your support.

Staci Halyak

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A Letter from the Roane State Foundation

Dear Cumberland County Playhouse:

On behalf of Roane State Community College Support Staff Council, I would like to thank you for your company’s donation of four tickets for the Playhouse for our annual silent auction. The silent auction is our largest annual fundraiser. Proceeds are used to fund the Gayle Mullins Memorial Book Scholarship for students and for an annual staff development day for Roane State Support Staff.

We could not provide these benefits to our students and staff without the support of our local businesses and friends in the community. Again, thank you for your generosity.

Sincerely,

Jeana Bradley

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A Letter from Fairfield Glade Lions Club

Dear Jim:

On behalf of the Fairfield Glade Lions Club, I want to thank you for the “Six Sets of Two Tickets to Any Theatrical Show” that the Playhouse gave the club for its Fifth Annual Reverse Raffle. Lion Weslie Webster worked with me and Tracey Barnes and was able to obtain these tickets. The tickets were awarded when the 30th, 150th, 240th, 405th, 465th, and 490th ticket stubs were drawn during the raffle on August 7.

The club sold all 500 of the $50 raffle tickets we had. Our net proceeds from the raffle should be in the neighborhood of $12,000. We will use this money to further support our White Cane Programs, provide scholarships for local needy students furthering their education, and provide money for an indigent person in Cumberland County to have cataract surgery.

In closing, a big thank you to the Playhouse for supporting our raffle and we hope to have its participation again in 2015.

Sincerely,

Roy Koskinen
August 18, 2014

 
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A Letter from the Tennessee School for the Deaf and Educational Resource Center for the Hearing Impaired

Dear Cumberland County Playhouse:

On behalf of the Parent Teacher Counselor Association (PTCA) at the Tennessee School for the Deaf, we would like to thank you for your generous donation for this year’s Silent Auction at our annual fund-raising breakfast. All monies raised through this project directly benefit our students. While we are a state-supported residential school, our funding does not cover all of our needs. Because of your support, the PTCA is able to provide funding for after school activities, classroom enrichment, and cottage curriculum activities.

Again, thank you for your donation!

Sincerely,

Susie Helmboldt-Jones and Daniel Dooley
TSD Knoxville
October 25, 2013

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A Letter from the Avalon Center

Dear Bryce, Nicole, and all of our friends at the Cumberland County Playhouse:

Words cannot express the gratitude and gratefulness we feel with all of the toys you collected this year for the children we serve at the Avalon Center! We have several Moms who we served and just recently moved from shelter into new violence-free homes that will be able to provide Christmas for their children as well as the Moms and children still with us. It looks like Santa Clause has landed at our office and cannot wait for the Moms to come and pick out toys for their children! We will also be leaving toys under the tree from Santa on Christmas Eve at the shelter.

Domestic Violence takes a terrible toll on the victim but the children who have to live in fear or the mom, their brothers and sisters, as well as themselves, may not realize the toll it takes on them until they are grown! It takes a community who cares that will “Break the Cycle of Violence.” Thank you for being a part of that community! The Avalon Center provides life saving services to these victims each and every day—with a 24 hour crisis hotline, 24 hour emergency shelter, crisis intervention counseling, court and hospital accompaniment, support groups, professional counseling, and a Children’s Program. All of the services are free and confidential to all victims! We couldn’t do this without the great support from friends such as you!

This year because of your generosity and compassion, the Avalon Center will be able to make Christmas a little brighter for all of these children. They will know that the world is full of angels and elves that care about them and wish them happiness every day of the year.

Again, THANK YOU so much! And my wishes for all of you—HOPING YOU HAVE THE MERRIEST OF CHRISTMASES AND YOU HAVE MUCH HAPPINESS IN THE NEW YEAR!

With a full heart,

Carmen Wyatt
December 22, 2014

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A Letter from Brenthaven Church

Dear Cumberland County Playhouse:

Thank you so much for your response for an item to place in our church’s Silent Auction.

Our auction, which was just held March 25th, benefits our Youth Mission Trip this summer to Joplin, Missouri. Our youth and youth leaders will be aiding the victims of the recent tornados in that area. Your gift of two passes was so generous and it will help to make this trip possible.

We are thankful to be living in an area where business and organizations, such as yours, are willing to give to help our young people help others. We wish you continued success and appreciate your generosity and kindness.

Very truly yours,

Rev. Kip J. Rush
Brentwood, TN

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A Letter from Bobbi Avery

Dear Cumberland County Playhouse:

A little birdie just old me who nominated me for the Mary’s Gang Award. I was very surprised to be invited to the luncheon and double surprised when you presented me with the award. Thank you, Sam, for nominating me for such a special award. It was an honor to receive it.

I fell in love with the Cumberland County Playhouse from the first time I took Dasa’n to see Cats when he was 6 year old. As the years went by and we went to other plays, I was thrilled when he took an interest in taking classes and trying out for a play. I will never forget when he called me to tell me he got a part in the ensemble for Oklahoma. I was on route to Florida for my 50th high school reunion in 2011 and can remember the exact moment I got the call. I could hardly wait to get back home to take him to rehearsals. When I saw him on stage opening night my heart just burst with pride, as it does to this day.

I not only thank you for the award, but also for your part in making Dasa’n feel welcome at CCP. All of Dasa’n’s family is very happy he is part of the CCP family. There is no better place to be. I cannot get over the amount of amazing talent at CCP and all the extraordinary people who make everything happen so beautifully, on stage and off. So, I’m glad to bring him to classes, rehearsals and the plays. Helping out with the rehearsal dinners is just a small part I can give for the large part you all do.

Sincerely,

Bobbi Avery
March 6, 2013

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A Letter from Metro Lynchburg / Moore County Chamber of Commerce

Dear Cumberland County Playhouse:

Thank you so much for your help and support of Lynchburg’s “Frontier Day 2013” Chamber of Commerce fund raising live auction. We have had the best year ever and it is entirely due to you and your generosity to the auction.

Your donations helped us support ten scholarships this year, as well as continuing assistance to other non-profits in the Lynchburg/Moore County area.

We couldn’t do it without you and we greatly appreciate your help.

Sincerely,

Candy Richard

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A Letter from The Make-A-Wish Foundation® of East Tennessee

Dear Cumberland County Playhouse:

On behalf of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of East Tennessee I would like to thank you for supporting the Waltz for Wishes Gala held April 28, 2012. Through your help, the gala will net over $155,000! This amount will help to ensure that we are able to fulfill the wishes of our extraordinary wish children in the year ahead.

Through your help, we provide suffering children and their families with a much-needed respite that is filled with hope, strength, and joy. We have discovered that a child’s wish often uplifts their spirit giving them the inspiration to enjoy a bright and promising future.

Please know that we are so appreciative of your generosity and thoughtfulness. It is because of your commitment to these children that we are able to bring moments of wonder, magic, and laughter to so many families in need. The impact of a wish on the entire family seems to take precedence over the condition, from conception to well after fulfillment. They are able to forget about the illness that has dominated their lives and focus on the joy that comes from a granted wish. A wish is a wonderful experience for a child with a life-threatening illness and their family, but it also enriches the lives of those who help make this dream come true.

Together, we can aspire to achieve our ultimate vision – to provide empowering, spirit-lifted experiences for every eligible child in East Tennessee.

Best Wishes,

Bob Lewis
June 08, 2013
Chattanooga, TN

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A Letter from Cumberland Cove

Dear Cumberland County Playhouse:

On behalf of the Board of Directors of the Cumberland Cove Property Owners Association, I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your kind donation of Playhouse tickets which were given away at our July 4th celebration.

The quality of entertainment you provide to Crossville and all the surrounding area is outstanding. In addition to those Cove residents like Ken and Julie Hobbs, and Skip and Terri Ritter, who are deeply involved with the Playhouse, there are a great number of other residents that regularly attend your productions. I personally try to take any of our out-of-town visitors to one of your shows and without fail they are impressed.

The preservation, appreciation, and promotion of the Arts is critical for our society (especially our children) and the Playhouse is an essential part of that effort. The value of having a venue like the Playhouse where aspiring actors can participate and learn the craft is immeasurable.

Again, thank you for your tickets and for all the Playhouse brings to our community.

Sincerely yours,

Tim Schmidt

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A Letter from A Secret Safe Place for Newborns of Tennessee, Inc.

Dear Cumberland County Playhouse:

On behalf of the Board of Directors for A Secret Safe Place for Newborns of Tennessee, I would like to thank you for the donation of two theatrical show tickets for the silent auction to be held at Rock the Cradle on April 13, 2013. These items will be a wonderful addition to our auction!

We greatly appreciate your partnership to our efforts to prevent newborn abandonment.
Thank you again for your generous donation.

Sincerely,

Shannon McCloud
February 21, 2012

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A Letter from Jets Baseball

Dear Cumberland County Playhouse:

I would like to thank you for your continued support of the Cumberland County High School baseball program as evidenced by your recent donation for our annual chili supper this November. Our chili supper was a huge success and one that could not have been realized without wonderful donations from businesses and individuals like you. Because of your generosity, we are able to continue to provide a first class experience for each of the young men in our program. We frequently talk about the importance of family in our program and how every part of our team and family plays an integral part in making us the best that we can be in baseball as well as in life. Thank you for being a very important part of our Jets Baseball family.

Sincerely,

Dave Prichard
November 8, 2013

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A Letter from Fifty Forward

Dear Cumberland County Playhouse:

We are most grateful for your gift to the FiftyForward J. L. Turner Center. Your support helps us fulfill the organization’s mission: FiftyForward enriches the lives of adults 50+ by providing  pathways to health, well-being, and lifelong learning. On behalf of the board of directors and in honor of those we serve, thank you for donating two free passes to any theatrical show valued at $48.00 as an auction item for the ‘Market Fest’ event.

As a donor, you have a positive impact on our future! We want you to know how much we appreciate and recognize you and others in the community whose support enriches the lives of older adults who are touched by our programs and services.

You have numerous choices for your charitable giving and we appreciate your including FiftyForward among those organizations worthy of your support. On behalf of the board of directors and in honor of those we serve, thank you for your generosity.

Best wishes,

Janet Jernigan
November 7, 2011
Nashville, TN

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A Letter from Don and Joyce Jorgensen

Dear Cumberland County Playhouse:

We are so thankful for the Playhouse and how much it has meant to our family (the Burnetts). We only wish we were a bit closer so we could enjoy more performances!

Don and Joyce Jorgensen
May 1, 2013

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A Letter from The Pro Bono Project (Legal Aid of East Tennessee, Inc.)

Dear Cumberland County Playhouse:

Thank you for your contribution to the 2013 Pro Bono Celebration’s Silent Auction. The event was an enormous success, due in part to the diverse selection of valuable items offered in the auction.

Thanks again for your support.

Sincerely,

Terry Woods
Knoxville, TN
July 30, 2013

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A Letter from Bottled Up

Dear Cumberland County Playhouse:

Thank you for your support of our Bottled Up Auction held at Chattanooga Market on November 6, 2011 benefiting the North River YMCA & Aquatic Center. Proceeds from your donation will help to provide scholarships to allow children and families to participate in programs such as day camp, swim lessons, water exercise, and more. Through these scholarships, children and families have an opportunity to become active and improve their health. Again, we appreciated your generous support for this auction, because we feel that the scholarship program it supports is very valuable and needed in our community.

May God bless you always,

Bill Rush
Chattanooga, TN
November, 2011

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A Letter from Knoxville Montessori School

Dear Cumberland County Playhouse:

Thank you for your contribution of four tickets to any theatrical show at the Cumberland County Playhouse to the Knoxville Montessori School’s 45th Anniversary Spring Gala, held on April 20th in the Back Room at Remedy Coffee in the Old City. We deeply appreciate your support for the Gala and for our school.

With your help, this year’s Gala was a great success. It was attended by over seventy parents, grandparents, staff members, alumni, and friends of the school. Participants enjoyed dinner by noted Knoxville caterer Betty Melrose and live music by Kukuly and the Gypsy Fuego, a new Knoxville band that plays Gypsy and American swing jazz with a French accent.

The Gala was very successful financially as well. Between ticket sales, ads, contributions, and the live and silent auctions, it raised over $10,000 for the KMS Building and Grounds Fund. Proceeds from the Gala will enable us to repaint the exterior of the school this summer, and they will also help us prepare for the major upgrades to your classrooms and playgrounds that we are planning for summer 2013 and 2014.

Thank you again for your support of KMS and the Gala. As one of our parents said that night, it was “The best Gala ever!” and we could not have done it without your help.

Best wishes,

Charlie Biggs
April 27, 2012

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A Letter to Jim Crabtree

Dear Jim,

First, let us thank you for an absolutely wonderful performance as Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof. That play has always held a special place in our hearts as it was forty years ago on Christmas Eve that the two of us became engaged following a performance of Fiddler with the late Topol as Tevye. We were both stunned by your portrayal. Not only were you in fine voice, but your body language and mannerisms conveyed the emotions of the character superbly. It was very moving for us both. If this was to be a farewell of sorts for you and Carol Irvin, you could not have chosen a better venue. She too played the role of Goldie beautifully and complimented you, Tevye, well. Congratulations to you both as well as to the remaining cast members for a job well done.

After fourteen years, we have yet to see a less than top notch performance at The Playhouse. Your collective efforts have enriched the lives of so many over these past 45 years. We only hope and pray that The Playhouse will continue to do so for additional throngs of theatre goers for many years to come. Thank you all.

Merry Christmas,

Paul and Joanne Chmielewski
Nov. 21, 2011

 

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A Letter from WCTE TV (PBS)

Dear Cumberland County Playhouse:

On behalf of WCTE, your Upper Cumberland PBS station, I would like to sincerely thank you for your support in this year’s 31st annual Great TV Auction! With your help, we raised over $94,000 for public television!

The Great TV Auction is currently our largest fundraising event. Funds raised in the auction help us produce and air quality local programming, such as Live Green Tennessee, The Smithville Fiddler’s Jamboree, The Putnam County Fair, TTU live sports, Jammin’ at Hippie Jack’s, and much more.

Thank you again for your generosity and participation in this year’s Great TV Auction. We are grateful for your support of the public television mission!

With much Appreciation,

Allison Fox/WCTE-TV (PBS)
July 10, 2013

 

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A Letter from the Exchange Club Family Center

Dear Cumberland County Playhouse:

Thank you so much for your donation of two complimentary passes to the Cumberland County Playhouse for the Exchange Club Family Center’s 20th Annual Fundraiser, Blues and Bling, on April 19th. Your support will help make this event a great success!

Our mission is to promote healthy, happy families by reducing the occurrence and effects of child abuse and neglect. We do this by teaching parents safe and healthy parenting skills and strengthening parent-child relationships.

We believe the greatest impact we can make is in preventing child abuse before it ever occurs. Our parenting classes involve families who are at high risk for harming their children and help build their skills and parent/child attachment in hopes that abuse never starts. Research shows that the curriculum we use is effective in preventing abuse.

Proceeds from Blues and Bling will provide support for agency programming. Your gift will make a difference in the lives of children and families right here in Middle Tennessee.

Thank you again for being part of the Exchange Club Family Center family.

Sincerely,

Desha L. Hearn and Mary Wootten
Exchange Club Family Center
Livingston, TN
February 14, 2013

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A Letter from Family Resources Youth Services

Dear Cumberland County Playhouse:

Please allow us to take this opportunity to say thank you for your generous support of our students through your donation of a Two-Prime Time Theater Tickets to our 2012 Fall Silent Auction. In a school district with more than 70% of the student body in receipt of free/reduced lunch, we strive to assist students who are economically disadvantaged. The Silent Auction has proven to be one of our most successful events for fund raising. This fall you helped bring in over $900 for the Family Resource and Youth Services Program of the Williamsburg Independent School District.

All funds raised through our Silent Auction will be used to support the needs of our students and their families. Without community assistance the services to our students and families would be greatly impaired.

Once again, thank you for all you do in this community!

Sincerely,

Tammy H. Stephens and Patty Bryant
WISD Family Resource/Youth Services Center Staff
Williamsburg, KY
December 16th, 2012

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A Letter from Life Worth Living

Dear Cumberland County Playhouse:

Thank you so much for your support of Life Worth Living, shelter for pregnant women, during our 2009-2012 fundraisers! Your help was invaluable to us, and as a result, we have been able to purchase a building for the pregnancy shelter in Sparta. All donations of material from our 2009-2012 fundraisers will be put to good use in our new building.

After our remodeling is complete, we will be serving the counties of Cumberland, White, Fentress, Warren, Dekalb, Van Buren, and Bledsoe. The architectural drawings are not yet finished, but it is estimated that we will be able to sleep at least eight women and children when the construction is complete.

In addition to providing shelter, we will work with our residents to set life goals for themselves in education, employment, and other areas of their lives. We will help them reach their goals to become all they can be. Our mission is for our residents to leave Life Worth Living as better women, and better moms, than when they first came to us.

Again, thank you! This could not have been possible without your help.
Faithfully yours,

Anne Eckman
June 5, 2013

 

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A Letter from Wags and Whiskers

Dear Cumberland County Playhouse,

Our recent silent auction was a huge success and you were an important part of that.

We had over 80 people attend and over 130 items for bidding. I’m sure those who attended appreciated your generosity almost as much as we do.

The funds that were raised will provide low-cost spay/neuter in our community, furthering the reduction of unwanted cats and dogs that we have been working on since 2004. This reduction saves money for pet owners and our local governments, improves health and safety in our community and has benefits to the pets themselves. So far, our ability to raise funds for this program has allowed us to “fix” over 6,800 dogs and cats.

Thank you so much for your donation of Playhouse tickets.

Sincerely,

Jackie Baker

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A Letter from Royal Family Kids

Dear Cumberland County Playhouse,

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your recent donation to the Royal Family Kid’s Camp auction. We are confident the auction will be a great success thanks to contributors such as yourself. All proceeds will go to fund the camp which provides positive memories for abused and neglected children.

Our camp ministers primarily to the foster children in Clayton, Henry, and Fayette Counties. Our 2012 camp had 66 children in attendance. With a ratio of one counselor to every two children, each child receives a great deal of individual attention. For one week, the children are shown love through the counselors, staff, and many activities including a birthday party for each child (many of these children have never had their birthday celebrated). They also each get a photo album of their activities. This is especially meaningful since some of them have no pictures of themselves. We always see a positive change in the children in just a week and even more of a change if a child is able to return the next year. Donations such as the one you gave make this possible!

Very truly yours,

Alice Harper
 
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A Letter From Coffee County Children’s Advocacy Center

Dear Cumberland County Playhouse,

On behalf of the Coffee County Children’s Advocacy Center, I would like to thank you for your support of our annual fundraiser, Party with a Purpose. Your donation of two complimentary tickets to an upcoming show will help us greatly at our event as we are striving to make this our most successful fundraiser ever.

Unfortunately, we have been incredibly busy lately providing services to children who are victims of abuse in our community. Last year, we served almost double the amount of children than the previous year with services on-site. This coupled with a reduction in funding for programs like our child abuse prevention program makes fundraising efforts that much more important as we want to make sure we are able to serve as many children who need us. We wouldn’t be able to do that without support from so many including you. Thank you again.

Sincerely,

Joyce A. Prusak
 
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A Letter from Hospice of Cumberland County

Dear Cumberland County Playhouse,

On behalf of Hospice of Cumberland County and the Fairfield Glade Hospice Auxiliary, thank you for your donation of a 2014 Eight-Ticket Flex Pass for our Hospice Ball/Auction on December 1, 2013. It was once again a very popular item in the live auction portion of our fundraising for the evening.

Hospice of Cumberland County provides care services through the combined knowledge and skills of an interdisciplinary team of professionals, including physicians, nurses, homecare aides, social workers, spiritual caregivers, counselors and trained volunteers. The money generated by our 2013 Holiday Ball will be used to support Cumberland House, a six-bed facility for care of our patients who are unable to remain at home or in the hospital.

We are grateful for your support of Hospice of Cumberland County, the only non-profit hospice organization in our area. We thank you for being part of our efforts to provide comfort and care for the terminally ill to spend their final days with dignity surrounded by family and friends.

Sincerely,
Jane Wicker
Hospice Ball/Auction Committee
December 3, 2013

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