Thanks to you, the response to the fund raising effort to replace stolen equipment at the Vermont Jazz Center has been overwhelmingly positive. We have met our goals and exceeded the value of the stolen equipment. We are so grateful to you for your part in this! Prior to the VJC’s next concert, we will be purchasing high quality replacement equipment; we have already enhanced our security system.
We have heard from friends, old and new, listeners who’ve come to one show and others who have been part of the VJC community for decades. You are friends, family, board members, volunteers, and colleagues, sympathizers with our cause, believers in the preservation of jazz and its use of jazz as a form of personal expression. We have all experienced the power of jazz to “do good” in our world and your donations and other manifestations of generosity have clearly expressed your trust in the Jazz Center as a vehicle for this important work. I am amazed, humbled and grateful beyond words. I have read and heard all your comments and they have warmed my heart.
Clearly we are a resilient community. Together, we are stronger than ever; the force of unity and positive energy has filled the VJC’s sails with optimism leaving us eager to ride with you on this wave of community spirit, to continue in our mission to provide unfettered access to jazz classes and concerts for all.
Thanks to all of you who have given from your pocket, to those who have offered to donate or loan us equipment and to the many who have expressed their sincere concern. We feel appreciation to Frederic Noyes for the Go Fund Me video. We are grateful to the numerous artists who have agreed to play at a benefit and to the businesses that have offered to cater and host such an event, and to the artists who shared their merchandise sales with us. We are thankful for the services of Officer Washburn and Detective Carrier from the Brattleboro Police Department and Tim from the Cotton Mill. We are especially grateful to Max Adam and Klondike Sound for loaning us equipment and to the sound companies who have agreed to sell us equipment at reduced cost. This outpouring of generosity reminds us vividly that we live in a terrific community that is enhanced by an influx of people who care.
These feelings of gratitude emanate from all of our caring staff (Ginger and Robby), our faculty and our entire board of directors. Thank you again. We look forward to seeing you soon, keeping the vital essence of jazz burning in the community and beyond!
“To be a jazz freedom fighter is to attempt to galvanize and energize world-weary people into forms of organization with accountable leadership that promote critical exchange and broad reflection.”
Cornel West, Race Matters
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