Halestone is in the midst of our annual fundraising campaign!
This year, we have secured a pledge for matching donations from several of our larger donors, so that all donations we receive between October 24th and December 31st will be matched dollar for dollar, up to our first $4,000 of donations!
While Halestone is alive and well, we have been and continue to be greatly impacted by the current global pandemic and how that affects our operations. Our overall operating budget hasn’t shrunk during these times, however our revenue streams have been affected. Halestone needs your support to weather the current situation and exist for years to come to provide equitable, nurturing, creative, and collaborative dance education.
Please consider taking a look at our aspirational strategic plan, adopted in early 2020. While we did not know how the current pandemic would be affecting our operations when we adopted this plan, we are still committed to all parts of it and have made strides towards achieving our goals even in the last 9 months. Surprisingly and wonderfully, we have been able to produce two successful outdoor concerts with new, original choreography, to audiences of 50-100 people. Despite the difficulties in offering in person instruction during this time, Halestone continues to safely offer over 20 hours a week of dance instruction to children and adults young and old. We continue to provide scholarships to over 15% of students dancing with us. We continue to provide dance education to the public schools, although this has shifted to largely online and outdoor classes. We are about to launch an exciting transportation program to offer both after-school transportation and dance class to students from Natural Bridge Elementary, which is supported in part by a grant from the Virginia Commission for the Arts. You can be a part of making these programs happen!
Students in our dance education programs gain much in addition to their dance knowledge. Our classes provide joy and self-expression through performing dance; cultivate a positive body image and self-awareness; promote increased artistic self-expression and surety; and teach physical and mental coordination, strength, flexibility and resilience. Halestone’s dance education programs help raise curious, resilient, kind, and critically thinking young people, which in turn benefits our whole community. Your support makes what we do in the classroom and on the stage possible.
If you would like to make a donation to support Halestone and make your dollar go further, click on the button above, or mail a check payable to the Halestone Foundation to PO Box 1583, Lexington, VA 24450.