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Help Save The Ellington!!!

Dear Friends of the Ellington, 

We know many of you have been wondering what's going on with the Ellington, and we apologize for the fact that up until now, for many reasons, we have been unable to share our deliberations.  We thought we were going to take a summer hiatus and then resume our regular schedule of great musical performances in the fall.  However, due to several unresolved issues, we have instead ended up without a building to call home. 

Though Ellington board members spent the past year working diligently to either secure our current location or find a new one, we have now ended up back at square one.  We could not come to an affordable lease agreement. We looked at other facilities but could not find a location that suited our size and budget. After 30 years of remarkable fellowship and impressive programming—not to mention our Music Bridge children's outreach initiative—we are faced with the choice of disbanding or trying to buy the building that has served us so well for so long.  

For at least the last decade if not more, the Ellington has operated in the black, largely due to the fact that we are an all-volunteer organization.  However, that doesn't mean we've been rolling in money. We've simply had enough to pay the bills and put on the next show, with very little extra left over. The amount it would take to buy the building outright, as well as do the necessary repairs, is not financially feasible without your help, and we're not comfortable entering into a mortgage at this time.

Rather than give up, we are now looking to enlist our faithful patrons, sponsors, and supporters in the effort to save the Ellington.  We're putting this before you, believing that the Ellington stands for more much more than entertainment.  It is an intimate venue, unique to Lynchburg, and a point of pride for music lovers throughout Central Virginia.  No other organization can match our mission to "bring people together through music and to identify, cultivate, and expose artistic talent within our community."

Our options are: 

1) Find a benefactor who would be willing to buy the building and donate it to us. 
2) Raise $250,000 (estimated cost of building plus repairs). 
3) Find someone willing to buy the building and rent it to us at a rate we can afford. 
4) Come forward with a brilliant idea—we're open to things we haven't already looked into. 

We believe our faithful supporters can help us raise the small amount we’re looking for. PLEASE DO NOT SEND MONEY AT THIS TIME.  We are looking for pledges only right now. If we reach our goal, then we’ll be calling for you to honor your pledge. Remember, the Ellington is a 501c3 volunteer-run nonprofit arts organization, so your gift will be tax deductible

No pledge is too large, and no pledge is too small!  BUT WE HAVE SET A DEADLINE OF JULY 31ST to respond!  

 How to pledge:
1) Email your pledge or other offers to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. the subject line “I’m Saving the Ellington!” Don’t forget to include your name, address and phone number.
2) Click the link below to download a pledge form, fill it out and email it back to us. 

Download Form Here Save the Ellington!

 

We know there’s been a huge void since the Ellington went on hiatus, and with your help, we’ll be bringing back the quality acts you’ve come to love and appreciate here in the Lynchburg region. Please help us today!

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