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2015 Annual Appeal is Underway: Pat & Christine Sullivan Reach Out As Co-chairsDear Friends: Christine and I are proud to have been named Co-chairs of the 2015 Annual Appeal campaign. We’ve been actively involved in the Kenan Center for more than four decades, and have witnessed its growth and the incredible passion that people have for sustaining this institution.
Like many people, our own involvement began with our children who became avid participants in the Kenan Center soccer program. I went on to coach soccer, and later was invited to sit on the Board of Governors, serving a term in the early 90s as board president. I also joined the Buildings & Grounds Committee, a role which I still hold today. In 1996, Christine and I took up our paintbrushes with scores of other volunteers to transform the Kenan House for “Kenan Showhouse Revisited.”
It is this spirit of coming together with others, from all walks of life, for the benefit of the community treasure we know as the Kenan Center, that stands out most vividly for us. We recall working on many auctions and sitting down over drinks and pizza with our fellow volunteers who normally never had a chance to talk to each other through work or other activities. The camaraderie and friendships built through those activities lasted long past the events themselves. Being actively involved, and contributing to the growth and sustenance of the Kenan Center, put us in touch with others who shared an enthusiasm for keeping the Center’s lifeblood flowing.
Certainly, for us, soccer was a great introduction to the Kenan Center, as we’re sure it is for many families. It’s an inexpensive sport and can involve a lot of children, and they don’t have to be totally athletic to do it. The program has become a training center for young students, many of whom have gone on to play in high school, college, and even at the professional level. But equally important are the cultural and educational opportunities that families can enjoy. For a small community, it means being able to experience music, theater, art, and architecture without driving into Buffalo or the suburbs, and spending a whole day—it’s right here in your backyard—and it’s affordable. Those parents whose children are enrolled in the Montessori Preschool or the new KidQuest Summer Youth Program have many opportunities to introduce their children to art and cultural activities, such as the Missoula Children’s Theatre residency, the Whimsical Sculpture Project, the Storrs All High Photo Show, and so much more. Kids don’t always show an interest in these activities on their own, but when it’s close to home, it’s a little easier for families to take part. The new Summer Recreation Program that started this year also gives parents an essential, safe, and affordable option for children during the summer months. Combining recreational activity, creative arts, and the ability to enjoy the entire campus is a wonderful way to introduce a younger generation to all that the Kenan Center offers.
We know that when it comes to philanthropic giving, you have many choices. It’s important to realize that so much of what the Kenan Center is today—the soccer program, the gardens, the gallery, the preschool, the events that draw people from across the region like 100 American Craftsmen and the Niagara Wine and Beer Tasting Fest—wouldn’t exist if it wasn’t for community financial support. We believe it’s important for the integrity of our community to help sustain those institutions that have sustained us and our family. We think you do, as well. Please join us in making a donation today, at whatever level you can. Our goal is $45,000, and as in past years, we have the opportunity to receive a matching grant from the Grigg Lewis Foundation.
Download a Donation FormClick on the link to download a donation form and return it to the Kenan Center Business Office with your check. You can also visit the Kenan Center Business Office to make a cash, check or credit xcard payment in person.
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Support Youth Program, Scholarships & Public Art!At Kenan Center, we’re excited that our new KidQuest Summer Youth Program has opened up a variety of creative and recreational opportunities for children ages 3 to 17 that continues into August! The program includes KidVentures, an hour-long, six-week program for ages 3-6 with a different activity each day; our free Whimsical Sculpture Project for ages 10-12; a six-week Summer Recreation Program for ages 7-15 that provides supervised recreational activities in the Arena; and a Theater Enrichment program for ages 6-11 designed to help children build performing and self-confidence skills. We’ll also present a free, all-ages performance with the zany Niagara University Repertory Theatre—a.k.a. N.U.R.T.—for the whole community to enjoy on August 14. And our Montessori Preschool students will have the opportunity to take part in a “Getting Ready for Montessori Preschool” week so that they can feel comfortable in their new learning environment.
For many families, these programs can be out of reach because of financial challenges. Kenan Center scholarships make it possible for those families to enjoy quality programming that will enrich their children’s lives. We would like to build our scholarship fund so that more families can take advantage of this essential assistance throughout the year on all Kenan programs.
Does public art matter to you? The Kenan Center has been working towards building a collection of outdoor sculptures for several years. We currently have an opportunity to purchase the exceptional ceramic sculpture, Guardian, by Buffalo artist, Robert L. Wood, that is displayed on the front lawn of the Kenan campus. Your generosity could help us tomake this sculpture a permanent addition.
Please consider making a donation to the program of your choice: KidQuest Summer Youth Programs; Program Scholarships; or our Public Art Purchase Fund. Or, you can simply check “general fund" on the donation form. Download a form here or to charge by phone, call 433-2617. Your support is sincerely appreciated!
Making a Donation, Sponsorship or BequestsThe Kenan Center provides numerous opportunities to contribute to the institution as well as individual programs. Whether you would like to purchase an Arena signboard, sponsor a soccer team, donate in memory of a friend or loved one, give to a fundraising effort, product in-kind materials or services, or make a bequest, we would be happy to discuss the options available. Please contant the Kenan Center at 433-2617.
Donor/Sponsor Acknowledgement (updated March 2015)Major Donors
Julie Muscato Interior Design
The Glynn Group
2014 & 2015 Gallery Exhibits
Special 2014 Rita Argen Auerbach ExhibitFrancis & Cindy Letro
Jim & Joy Brandys
Storrs All High Photo Show 2015
The Buffalo News
Individual Exhibition DonorsRobert M. Budin
2014/2015 MusicPro Bono
Niagara Wine & Beer Tasting Fest 2015
M&T Bank, Event Sponsor
Renewing Arena Sign Sponsors
International Stone Gallery
Soccer Team Sponsors
100 American Craftsmen 2015M&T Bank, Event Sponsor
The Buffalo News
Holiday Gala to Benefit the Kenan Center Montessori Preschool
Wooden butterfly handmade by Gordon Bald; donated by Gloriann Bald
Molly Shearer Fund on behalf of Robert DeFazio
Whimsical Sculpture Project 2015
Through Spring It On--online fundraiser through United Way of Buffalo & Erie County
Arts & Cultural
Sports & Recreation
Corporate SponsorshipThe Kenan Center offers a variety of opportunities for businesses to support vital programs. For as little as $25 you can sponsor an All High Photo Show Award, or choose a more substantial sponsorship for such programs as the Performing Arts Series, 100 American Craftsmen, gallery exhibits, arena signs or youth soccer team. To learn more about Corporate Sponsorships, call the Kenan Center at (716)433-2617.
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