Dear Theater Arts Community and Friends,
We are writing to you today to tell you about our campaign for a special person making a unique contribution to our performing arts community: Ms. Sheryl Jo Bedal.
We've noticed that Sheryl Jo puts a lot of work into supporting youth theater programs like Ojai Youth Entertainers Studio, and many others, by CREATING A NETWORK of shared costumes, props, and set pieces between organizations -- helping ease costs and stress for many hard working people in the theater arts in Ventura County! HOW DOES SHE DO IT?
In order to support her dream, and help local organizations, Sheryl Jo keeps a large storage unit of costumes, props, set pieces, and accessories, that she readily loans out to many arts organizations in the community.
She often travels from Westlake to Ojai and Santa Barbara, networking on behalf of her friends in the arts, giving and receiving costumes, and helping arts organizations to achieve their production goals.WHO BENEFITS?
Here's a list of just a few of the organizations Sheryl Jo has worked with:
Bible Fellowship Church
Buena High School Drama
Curtain Call Youth Theater
Nordhoff H.S. Dance Department
Nordhoff H.S. Drama Department
Ojai Arts Center
Ojai Youth Entertainers Studio
Ojai Youth Opera (Ojai Opera Camp)
Oxnard Steampunk Fest (City of Oxnard)
Oxnard Heritage Square
Ventura County Fair
A Short Festival film “Love in the Age of Steam”
WHY SHE NEEDS YOUR HELP
Sheryl Jo has been paying out of pocket to keep her storage unit for a very long time. The unit is home to a collection of costumes, props, and set pieces that are widely shared throughout the arts community.
Her collection is available to EVERYONE with whom she networks in the community.
Sheryl Jo has rarely if ever, charged a rental fee for use of her collection.
As mentioned, she often travels from Westlake to Ojai and Santa Barbara, networking on behalf of her friends in the arts, giving and receiving costumes, and helping arts organizations to achieve their production goals.This collection could be at RISK of being closed due to the financial stress of keeping the unit paid!CAN YOU PITCH IN?
Today, we ask for your donation to help us raise funds for the storage unit that houses so many items widely used throughout the theater arts community.
By donating this fund, you will help Sheryl Jo continue to grow her ability to help and share with others in the arts community. YOUR DONATION PROVIDES
Your donation provides a 10x10 and a 10x5 storage unit for one full year
to protect and store a collection used by many!
Your Donation Supports Sheryl Jo’s Service in Theater Arts!
Sheryl Jo's contribution to our theater community is widely appreciated and we couldn't be more grateful for her enthusiastic support of the arts in our community!
The cost to Sheryl Jo to make her collection available to our arts community is nearly $3,000 a year! Help us raise the funds to cover these basic costs. Many thanks and gratitude on behalf of Sheryl Jo and all who benefit from her collection for your donation!
We can't wait to thank and acknowledge your donation to this special cause! You will be acknowledged on OYES' website and at our Annual Holiday Benefit ~ Ugly Sweater Party at Topa Mountain Winery!
Photos: Costumes provided by or constructed in part by Sheryl Jo Bedal for OYES' Pirates of Penzance, Jr, (2018). Photos by Kirby Russell