The public is invited on Saturday, June 15, to help the fledgling Grand Mesa Arts & Events Center (GMAEC) celebrate its one-year anniversary. A birthday bash is scheduled from 5-8 p.m. at 195 West Main in downtown Cedaredge. Those attending will be treated to music, appetizers, wine and beer, and one free glass of celebratory champagne. And of course there will be birthday cake.
Thanks to generous underwriters, the whole event will be free with Alpine Bank, Jack FM Radio, Impact Communities, Delta Federal Credit Union, and Bill and Jeanie Hellman picking up the tab for the evening.
Throughout the center's first year of operation, corporate sponsors have stepped up to provide significant monetary and in-kind contributions. It has been an outpouring of support for which the nonprofit organization is abundantly grateful.
According to Deborah Shaffer, GMAEC executive director, "Our most valuable support comes from donations and sponsorships from local community members, organizations, and businesses."
Now comes the challenging part -- sustaining the momentum.
While continuing to seek business sponsorships and external grants, GMAEC is launching initiatives to encourage individual supporters to become sustaining members. "We are shifting," says Shaffer, "from fundraising for one-time donations to encouraging sustaining memberships to cover day-to-day operating expenses and support our capital campaign to purchase our building."
The center's historic building has been successfully renovated into a vibrant facility with an acoustically dynamic performance and public events auditorium, a sunny and spacious art gallery, and art classrooms. The facility is currently being leased and the goal of the center's capital campaign is to raise enough to purchase the building prior to November 2022 when the present lease agreement ends.
Further details regarding the sustaining membership drive and the capital campaign will be presented at the center's June 15 birthday celebration. As the center's new incentives move forward, a variety of membership incentives will be available including drawings with opportunities to win a weekend in Ouray or a week in Hawaii.