Letter: Support education and the arts
To the Editor:
Dancing with the Geneva Stars is a fun, exciting event. But it has a purpose, a reason for being.
The event is a benefit – it is the only fundraiser for the Geneva Cultural Arts Commission has to support many events and projects. The Geneva Academic Foundation, the commission’s partner for Dancing with the Geneva Stars, receives a percentage of the net profit to support its grants to the Geneva schools. In 2012, 11 percent of the funds raised by the foundation for supplemental programs, educational resources and scholarships to benefit Geneva students came from Dancing with the Geneva Stars.
The Geneva Cultural Arts Commission financially supports history center exhibits, the Orion Chamber Ensemble, Greater Geneva Art Guild, Emerging Artist awards and the soon to be Bike+Rack=Art (a public art project). In addition to these financially-supported grants, the commission has held for the public’s enjoyment the Geneva Film Festival, the Summer Concert Series at RiverPark, Shakespeare in the Park and the Steeple Walk concert event. None of these events or grants would occur without Dancing with the Geneva Stars.
It has been said that Dancing with the Geneva Stars is not a “cause,” so why support it. No, it is not for cancer or Parkinson’s research or for helping the homeless or disaster relief. It does exist for improving the quality of life for our schools and community. Your tax dollars are not used for these additional benefits for our schools and community.
Geneva is a wonderful place to live; the residents are committed to supporting and improving their quality of life for their children and families.
The Geneva Academic Foundation and Geneva Cultural Arts Commission are asking for your support by attending Dancing with the Geneva Stars on Saturday or voting for a team needing your votes to win the dance competition. For reservations and dance team voting, visit www.genevarts.org. The commission and foundation guarantee an evening of fun and entertainment, and our teams need your votes. If you attend, all contributions exceeding $30 are tax deductible. Votes are all tax deductible.
Members of the Dancing with the Geneva Stars Committee