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Katherine

17-08-00, 01:07 PM (GMT)
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"Piece of curtain anyone?"
 
   Received this morning with my Friends of Covent Garden renewal notice, a leaflet about the ROH's latest money-making wheeze. If you make a minimum donation of £50 when renewing your membership they'll send you "a limited-edition piece of the curtain which hung in the auditorium until July 1997". If the picture in the leaflet is correct, they've managed to limit themselves to 7,500 pieces. Should I be rushing off a cheque to secure my little piece of ballet history?


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  Subject     Author     Message Date     ID  
  RE: Piece of curtain anyone? meunier 17-08-00 1
     RE: Piece of curtain anyone? cf 17-08-00 2
         RE: Piece of curtain anyone? re 17-08-00 3
             RE: Piece of curtain anyone? re 17-08-00 4
                 RE: Piece of curtain anyone? patricia 17-08-00 5
                     RE: Piece of curtain anyone? or what about... 17-08-00 6
                         RE: Piece of curtain anyone? eugene merrett 17-08-00 7
                             RE: Piece of curtain anyone? Richard@The House 17-08-00 8
                             RE: Piece of curtain anyone? jonathan 18-08-00 9
  RE: Piece of curtain anyone? gerald dowler 18-08-00 10

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meunier

17-08-00, 01:29 PM (GMT)
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1. "RE: Piece of curtain anyone?"
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   In a word - and if I were you - NO!!!!


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cf

17-08-00, 01:55 PM (GMT)
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2. "RE: Piece of curtain anyone?"
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   I am more inclined to go for the alternative fundraising idea …such as

Pacific Northwest Ballet's 'Artistic Directors' Circle Dinner'
which honours donors of $10,000 or more with an intimate gourmet dinner held at a private home. (the mind boggles!)

And then there is the one (I can't quiet remember which) where you can 'join the Corps de Ballet' for a small fee… not on stage of course but I am sure you at least get a gilt edged certificate!

Perhaps Bruce could use this topic as a mini poll - vote for the most ridiculous/ingenious fundraising idea?


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re

17-08-00, 02:18 PM (GMT)
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3. "RE: Piece of curtain anyone?"
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   or perhaps you might be persuaded to leave/part with your worldly goods by the Cincinnati Ballet who will accept

Appreciated/depreciated or even closely held(?) securities, real estate, personal property, life insurance, charitable trusts or bequests.....


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re

17-08-00, 02:41 PM (GMT)
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4. "RE: Piece of curtain anyone?"
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   Nashville Ballet offers 'additional volunteer opportunities include backstage hospitality (they don't elaborate on this one), Nutcracker's annual "Land of the Sweets " party and work in the costume shop.(??? before or after the backstage hospitality)

Volunteer! We especially need a CPA or person with comparable experience to serve as Treasurer. (There are lots of ways to lend your help, from taking tickets at performances to serving on the Board of Directors) .says the website of the New Mexico Ballet Company.
- I can think of a number of people who would rise to the occasion should one of our companies find themselves in a similar position!

The Royal Winnipeg Ballet website is still under construction - but don't let that stop you, you can purchase 3 tickets for $50 and win a Limited Edition Harley Davidson RXR4!


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patricia

17-08-00, 03:45 PM (GMT)
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5. "RE: Piece of curtain anyone?"
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   sort of reminds me of what they did ages ago when the beatles first visited the united states: someone got hold of the sheets they'd slept in at the plaza hotel and were selling them off by the square inch....


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or what about...

17-08-00, 04:00 PM (GMT)
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6. "RE: Piece of curtain anyone?"
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   The Alabama Ballet favours 'The Women's Committee' an invitational group that puts on the very popular 'Poinsettia Ball' at Christmas. (I am quite intrigued by the 'invitational' bit.)

It is the Atlanta Ballet that would like to offer you 'the opportunity to be a part of the enthusiasm by inviting you to join the Corps de Ballet'. As a member, you will be invited to 'catch glimpses of new works before they reach the stage'.


The Joffrey Ballet has come up with some ingenious fund raising titles - the more the contribution the bigger the title.
For $5,000 you join as a Supporter rising through Sustainer ($10/-), Benefactor ($20/-)
Pacesetter ($50/-) Patron ($100/-) and really scraping the barrel for imaginative titles - 21st Century Leader $250,000 and finally to 21st Century Visionary $500,000 and above!

Thereafter you can double or even triple your contribution to The JBC by sending a matching gift form together with your contribution.

In-Kind Contributions? The JBC welcomes contributions of office furniture and supplies, computers, printers, software, and professional services such as catering, printing, transportation and space rentals.
Seriously, are we in the UK perhaps lacking in imagination when it comes to fund raising and should be looking to other companies for some more original ideas?


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eugene merrett

17-08-00, 04:14 PM (GMT)
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7. "RE: Piece of curtain anyone?"
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   Here is a good fundraising idea. For a fee you can have evening with the dancer of your choice - the difference in age and the rank of the dancer determines the amount you need to pledge.

I am sure there are plenty of old business men who would jump at this opportunity. To ensure enthusiastic support the dancer gets a cut as well.

Do not be outraged - this sort of behaviour was common in France last century. And a certain dancer from the Bolshoi is doing this - except that the money is going to all to her!!


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Richard@The House

17-08-00, 09:19 PM (GMT)
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8. "RE: Piece of curtain anyone?"
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   Hmmm....

I'm listening...Eugene, give us name and state your price.


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jonathan

18-08-00, 08:17 AM (GMT)
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9. "RE: Piece of curtain anyone?"
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   I am relieved to know that what was common in 19th century France is now the yardstick of modern manners. I shall be adapting my behaviour accordingly.


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gerald dowler

18-08-00, 09:32 AM (GMT)
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10. "RE: Piece of curtain anyone?"
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   Not the latest wheeze, I'm afraid. As many will remember, they have done this before, with the last curtain... not a bad idea, as then it raised a lot of money. Surely the same as the pointe show appeal which paid for shoes and secured you a used pair in return. Ah, what we balletomanes will do to get closer to the art form !


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