Dear K and New Parents,
You should have received information via backpack and email recently for early reservations to the 2015 Kaufman Music Center Gala on May 19 at the Edison Ballroom. Thank you to all that have given thus far! The Gala is one of the ways you can contribute to Kaufman Music Center. Since there have been many recent communications from the PTA and Kaufman Music Center regarding fundraising, I thought a summary may be helpful.
Separate from Kaufman Music Center, the PTA raises money for materials (eg. computers, books and supplies for classrooms) and programs (eg. NDI and foreign language instruction in the Middle School) to supplement the academic curriculum. PTA dues this year are $450 per child. The auction we just wrapped up also raised funds for the PTA.
Kaufman Music Center
As you know, Kaufman Music Center pays for our children’s music education ($7,500 per child). KMC anticipates that each family will contribute a part of this amount either by direct donations or participation in fundraising events. KMC has several fundraisers each year, with some specifically targeted at SMS parents. “Musical Evenings” benefit SMS directly, and the Gala, the largest fundraiser of the year, benefits Kaufman Music Center as a whole. The Barnes and Noble “Playathon” is organized by parents and all proceeds from this fundraiser go to KMC. Your contribution during a fundraiser is counted toward the SMS Parent goal for the year. This year’s fundraising goal for KMC (Grades K-10) is $220,000.
Here’s a summary of the upcoming events and other ways to contribute:
Kaufman Music Center Gala
Tuesday, May 19 at 6:30pm at the Edison Ballroom
The Gala includes a cocktail reception, seated dinner, live auction and a concert by Lucy Moses School and Special Music School students and featured artist, Tony Award-winning composer and lyricist, Jason Robert Brown. If you are interested in attending the gala, you can purchase reduced priced parent tickets for $750. There are some parents who buy a table (seating for 10) and either invite their friends, (who may or may not bring their check books), or give the tickets to members of our SMS community. Contact Tiffini Gambrell in the KMC Development Office at 212-501-3350 or firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Also associated with the Gala, is a Journal that contains ads. Each class at the school contributes towards a 1/4 page ad for $300 (usually a donation of about $20 per family). This is typically organized by the class parents, and we will be in touch soon about your participation. The ad is important because it is a great way to achieve 100% participation from SMS parents in contributing to Kaufman Music Center, something that is important when for soliciting donations and grants from outside sources.
Thursday, April 16 at 6:30pm
Some parents also buy tickets to the Musical Evenings. The last Musical Evening for this year is on Thursday, April 16 at 6:30pm. This event will feature Jennifer Koh, violin and Shai Wosner, piano and takes place at the home of Jane Goldman. Tickets are $275 each and include cocktails and hors d’oeuvres in addition to the performance. Contact Tiffini Gambrell in the KMC Development Office at 212-501-3350 or email@example.com with any questions.
Barnes and Noble Playathon
Saturday and Sunday, May 2 and 3 10am-7pm, Union Square Barnes and Noble
The SMS PTA organizes the Barnes and Noble “Playathon,” to benefit Kaufman Music Center, at which our students play and raise money through donations for their performances. The 2015 Playathon is on May 2 and 3. Parents and students ask friends and family to sponsor their performances and some students go busking to help raise money. More information will be distributed in the coming months.
At the end of the year, Tiffini in the KMC development office is able to tally a family’s total giving for the year, and many companies will match your donations. If you work for a large company, it is worth a conversation with the human resources department to ask if they match donations to organizations to which their employees contribute.
I hope this is beneficial for you. If you have any questions, you may contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Yvonne Lau (Connor Tsui 7, Tiffany Tsui 3)
PTA EB Member
Gala Committee Member