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2019 River Raisin Jazz Festival

$4,115 of $35,000 goal

Raised by 63 people in 1 month
Created May 15, 2019
RRJF Freedom Crew
My name is Brad Schreiber. I am a graphic designer in Monroe MI. I have been in business for 18 years years here in my hometown. For the past 17 years the people of Monroe, Michigan have basked in the glory of the River Raisin Jazz Festival. The festival was solely supported by sponsorships from 5-8 local businesses. The festival is a 2 day celebration of Jazz, Smooth Jazz, R&B and others who have graced our stage. We have been blessed with the likes of Kenny G, David Sanborn, Oleta Adams, Chuck Mangione, Nelson Rangell, Chris Standring, The Rippingtons, Chris Botti, Brenda Russell, Paul Brown, Arturo Sandoval, The Ohio Players, Gerald Albright and 80 more acts ~ all because a jazz fan who happened to be a director of tourism had a dream of a festival in his hometown. He reached out to international flutist Alexander Zonjic and teamed with the Detroit Jazz Station V98.7 ~ from there, the festival grew and grew year after year. With preview parties and jazz nights within the town of Monroe.  AND, all for FREE. It soon became the largest free jazz festival in Southeastern Michigan and was a welcome break for the economy and our city. 

In the years since, the radio station was sold. And our director, John Patterson, died unexpectedly last year. We put on the festival in his honor and so many came. There may have been some thought that the festival should end with John, and it seemingly has. We tried for a while to no avail to get enough to make the 18th this year. We had hoped after last year that we could make it to the 20th. And I have read through a 1000 responses on social media how people wished they would have known and could have helped. Now, at public urgency, we are opening up to private and business donors to help with the festival. 

We need $70,000 to pay for the entire 2 day festival. Or if we dont reach that far, we will try for a 1 day festival on a Saturday which will be $35,000. And that includes everything else besides the bands. Sound. Lights. Audio. Marketing will be provided free by By Design Graphic Arts ~ as I have done it for the past 15 years. We have a team of volunteers (6 of us) that have helped run the festival from the inception. The venue is in Saint Mary's Park in downtown Monroe along the River Raisin. Along with a beautiful art fair to accompany it. And we have 40,000 fans that submerge on that very ground every 2nd week in August. 

We know that many of these fund me's have gifts given to those who give in different increments but we choose to put the money INTO the festival and performances. However, there will be a list of donors in our program this year and thank you's from the stage. 

There is some urgency to this, as planning must begin immediately. SO if you are a music lover... donate. If you like free concerts... donate. If you have ever been and remember the spirit of the festival... please donate. We need to raise the money for this year by June 6. It will then be transferred to the RRCA in town. From there it will be allocated to the proper vendors.  If we cannot make that happen we will put the money raised into a fund for the next year and fundraiser the entire year till then. We have a board of directors and a fiduciary with River Raisin Center for the Arts for complete transparency. This is an important part of the summer in our little town. One that has been abandoned. Please help us make this year happen.
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Good Evening Everyone... thank you for your help and kindness during this campaign for the 2019 River Raisin Jazz Festival. We are closing the fund as we are close to our goal (thanks to a set of new sponsors) and do not want to ask anymore of this very generous public fanbase. It is my hope that the sponsors have seen how important this was to the community and to all of you who gave. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. And we will see you August 10th, St. Mary's Park, Monroe MI
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As we close in the last 10 days of the fundraiser we currently stand at under $4,000 for $35,000 total needed for a one day reboot. I know this has been arduous journey, and new sponsors have stepped up to chip in to the tune of $26,000. It is close but we still have a ways to go. That's where we stand at the moment. More news as I get it
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Friends! We are just about 10,000 from a one day festival and this week we will be talking with some potential sponsors. Thank you Allen Chevrolet for stepping up once again as well as our laborer friends. As summer is here, this week is a vital week to make the difference. Thank you for making this festival possible.
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We are getting closer and closer... We need $35,000 for a brilliant Saturday in August! Thank you to our new friends and sponsors to the festival and to all of you pledging at GOFUNDME. We have a week left to make this happen.
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$4,115 of $35,000 goal

Raised by 63 people in 1 month
Created May 15, 2019
RRJF Freedom Crew
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