Our annual John McCutcheon Concert on Monday, January 20, 2020, was another great success. We had a large crowd of over 240, with around 70% non-parishioners. John McCutcheon and the Red Tail Ring gave us a very entertaining evening. Ticket sales totaled over $7300. The prize drawing, with 18 prizes donated by 12 generous parishioners, generated a record $1040. The cookies from the snack bar were delicious and brought in an additional $204. The expenses were under $5200. Part of the proceeds from this concert will go to support ABODE services to fight homelessness. The McCutcheon Team is also requesting approval from the Vestry to distribute part of the proceeds to Centerville Free Dining, SAVE and to Maisha Bora.
This fundraising and community outreach event could not have happened without all your help. There were more than 60 people who contributed time, talent and treasure not only on the night of the concert but in the months preceding the event. They wrote, sent out and uploaded publicity notices/ articles/blog; bought advertisements; designed, printed and posted flyers and signs; updated, hung and took down banners; set up email address and phone message; printed tickets; took messages; donated all those fabulous prizes for the drawings; took out and put away all the prizes on Sunday mornings; sold concert and drawing tickets; bought concert and drawing tickets; invited their family, friends and neighbors to the concert; cleared the facility calendar for the event; got contracts signed; signed contracts; booked hotel rooms for John McCutcheon and his road manager and for Red Tail Ring; borrowed and returned the stage from Trinity Episcopal Church in Menlo Park and the extra chairs from Harbor Light; wrote and made verbal announcements on Sundays; wrote announcements and articles for the weekly newsletter, Sunday bulletins and for the Window; cleaned up the campus; put up lights; directed traffic; set-up before the event and cleaned-up afterwards; bought stuff for the snack bar; baked dozens of delicious cookies; made coffee; helped with the snack bar; decorated and set up the Vestry Room for the Artist and Crew Dinner; cooked and served wonderful soups, salads, breads and desserts for the crew; donated wine, water and sodas; washed all the dishes; cleaned up the kitchen; set up and took down the dressing room; ushered; sold CDs and books for John McCutcheon and the Red Tail Wing; created and printed the programs; inserted the drawing prize list into the programs; showed great hospitality; did a wonderful job as MC/announcers; took photos; waited for the sound crew, Tesser, to set up the sound systems and the lights before the events and to pack everything up afterwards; volunteered to be the docent of our Little Church; did all the accounting and analysis …and countless people who offered prayers and encouragements along the way.
Thank you, we appreciate all your support and ministering.
~Sylvia Ma and the McCutcheon Team