Holmdel Foundation Turns Spotlight on Theater Arts
Holmdel’s commitment to the arts just received a significant boost by the Holmdel Foundation for Educational Excellence's vote to focus its fundraising efforts this year on the purchase of stage lights for the Holmdel High School Performing Arts Center (PAC). This decision follows a vote by the HFEE last year to donate a sound system for the PAC.
The PAC, which is home to choral and band performances, theatre productions, award nights, induction ceremonies and various other District wide events, was in need of technology upgrades which began last June. With major renovations underway, the HFEE generously donated a digital sound system to the PAC thereby seizing an opportunity to make critical enhancements to the District’s Visual And Performing Arts Program at the perfect time. The new sound system is all-digital and operated remotely allowing not only enhanced performances but the opportunity for students who run the system to learn to use modern theatrical technology.
As a follow up to last year’s donation and in partnership with the District which installed state-of-the-art dimmer, control cabinets and lighting boards behind the stage as part of its renovation, this year the HFEE has committed to focus its fund raising efforts on donating front-line stage lighting to the PAC.
The PAC is used by both Satz and High School students regularly as well as District students affiliated with private organizations such as dance and theatre companies who pay to use the venue. A recent study which found a real link between strong arts programs and higher achievement helped the HFEE to make the decision to continue its financial commitment to the PAC for 2012-2013. This lighting system will not only enhance the appearance of stage productions but will also, like the newly installed sounds system, provide a previously unavailable learning opportunity for any student looking to pursue a career in stage production
The margin of excellence at Holmdel District Schools is becoming increasingly more difficult to maintain due to state mandated budget caps and reduced state aid. The Arts, more than any other area of the curriculum, have been impacted by budget restraints. We ask you to take this opportunity to help the HFEE’s efforts in creating a District-wide state of the art PAC. This venue will eventually be used by all District students and these improvements will enhance all of our children’s educational experience.
We have a variety of ways that you can become a part of this wonderful effort:
THE HFEE PRESENTS “A NIGHT IN RED BANK”:
The HFEE decided to connect their commitment to the arts by putting together a fundraiser “A Night In Red Bank” on Saturday, October 20th. This evening will be comprised of a three course gourmet dinner at the Oyster Point Hotel followed by the production of No Place To Go at the Two River Theatre. The cost of this evening is $125/per person and tickets can be purchased at WWW.HFEE.ORG.
ANNUAL GIVING CAMPAIGN
Please make a tax-deductible contribution to the HFEE at a level you deem appropriate and have your name added to our annual “Honor Roll”. Information on how to donate to our annual giving campaign can be found on www.hfee.org.
TD BANK AFFINITY PROGRAM
You can now support HFEE just by being a TD Bank customer. If you currently have an account at TD Bank, please contact the TD Bank Branch on Laurel Avenue in Holmdel and let them know you want to be listed as an HFEE Supporter. There is no cost to you and the HFEE does not receive any confidential information. At the end of the year, TD Bank will make a donation to the HFEE based on our list of supporters.
GIFT CARD CAMPAIGN
The Gift Card program allows you to buy gift cards from over 600 retailers at face value while also making a contribution to the HFEE. With the holidays right around the corner, and the fact that gift cards are perfect for everyone, this is a wonderful opportunity to get your shopping done while supporting the Foundation’s efforts. For more information and a list of retailers, go on WWW.HFEE.ORG.
The HFEE is thrilled to be involved in this current project which enhances the performing arts programs in our schools. We are so appreciative of our donors, past and present, whose generosity has helped us reach our goal to bring educational excellence to each and every school in the District.