Fundraising


Dance Dance Dance!

posted Mar 6, 2014, 5:57 AM by GDarts Boosters   [ updated Sep 18, 2014, 5:39 AM ]


Leave the kids at home and come dance to your favorite tunes from the 60s, 70s, and 80s while supporting fine and performing arts programs at GDRHS--drama, music and art.

GD Arts Boosters Grants for Music, Drama, and Visual Arts – 2012-2013

posted Dec 10, 2013, 12:35 PM by GDarts Boosters

Groton-Dunstable Arts Boosters was formed to help fill in some of the gaps that exist between the level of support that the District budget has been able to afford in recent years, and the level of support that G-D’s Music, Drama, and Visual Arts programs need to develop the tremendous fine arts talent that is budding within our student community. Last June, the GD Arts Boosters group used the proceeds its fundraising activities during the year   along with a number of generous donations from the GD Arts community to support the music, drama, and visual arts programs with the following grants:

Choir Condenser Microphones

The High School Music Department did not own any condenser microphones.  These are the kind of microphones that are used to pick up sound for a whole choir as opposed to one person.  The entire high school population will now be able to hear the many performances that chorus and chamber choir perform throughout the year.

Performance Rights for Thoroughly Modern Millie

For the past few years, district budget cutbacks on things like drama stipends, a part-time theater manager, and custodial services in the PAC unfortunately shifted the burden of paying for those services onto the budget for theater productions, which also have to cover fees for licensing and performance rights, a professional director, stage sets and costumes.  GD Arts Boosters was able to lighten that load last year, by funding the play rights for the Drama Guild’s production of the musical, Thoroughly Modern Millie.

Mesh Display Walls

Previously there were only 8 regular sized display boards for the whole district to share.  By purchasing additional display walls the Visual Arts Department will have additional exhibition spaces to ease the juggling of display boards between schools.  These boards will be used for art events such as the Senior Art Show, Spring Into the Arts, and Women’s History Month.

Digital Camera

The Visual Arts department also requested funding for some basic supplies that are needed to fire ceramics in the school’s kiln and glaze the pottery and sculptures that the students create. Community support for GD Arts, and particularly the support of the local artist community, has made it possible for us to supplement the limited art supply budget by purchasing these supplies.

The GD Arts Boosters group is very proud of what we were able to accomplish last year. We could not have done this without the support of the school administration, the extra effort put forth by the GDRHS Fine Arts teachers and students, and the generous support of the GD Arts community.

Spring into the Arts at GDRHS! Memorable Evening of Auctions, Art, Music, and Drama

posted Feb 20, 2012, 9:45 AM by Kathy Icenogle

Groton, MA, February 20, 2012—Spring air is right around the corner, and with it comes the second annual Spring into the Arts fundraising gala! Join your community on Thursday, April 5, 2012, from 7:00 to 10:00 pm at the Groton-Dunstable Regional High School (GDRHS) in support of the high school’s superlative art, music, and drama programs. Doors open at 6:30 pm for an auction preview.

This special evening features a silent auction and crowd-pleasing live auction. Attendees will also enjoy art exhibits by the talented GDRHS student artists; music by the GDRHS Chamber Choir, Chorus, Concert Band, and Jazz Band, as well as other talented student musicians; and theatrical vignettes from recent and upcoming Drama Guild productions, with a special sneak peek of the high school’s spring musical, Godspell. Dessert and coffee will be catered by the Main Street Café.

Spring into the Arts is hosted by GD Arts Boosters, a parent-led nonprofit founded in 2010 to support GDRHS arts programs. Tickets are available at the Main Street Café, Blackbird Café, Rose of Sharon, and online at www.gdarts.org. Prices are $10 for students, $20 for adults, and $30 for a pair of adults. All proceeds support the arts programs at GDRHS across the disciplines of art, music, and drama.

Parents, community members, and area businesses are encouraged to buy tickets, spread the word, and consider making a donation to the silent or live auction. Auction donations may be submitted via the online submission form at www.gdarts.org. GD Arts Boosters gratefully acknowledges the generous donations of Groton’s Main Street Café and Axford Photography, Maria’s Salon of Chelmsford, and Stonehedge Inn of Tyngsboro.

Joelle Graham is Chair of the Fundraising Committee. “The feedback we received from the over 200 attendees at last year’s inaugural Spring into the Arts event was phenomenal,” Graham says. “We’re looking forward to an even more exciting evening this year. This event is a terrific opportunity for the community to come sample the superlative work that students in the GD arts programs have created.”

The effects of last year’s successful fundraiser were felt throughout the GDRHS arts programs. GD Arts Boosters was able to purchase a digital piano for the music and drama departments, supply professional display boards for 2D art, and purchase production rights for the high school’s spring musical as well as other important supplies and acquisitions.

The director of the award-winning music program, Timothy Savoy, was especially appreciative of the digital piano, which is used every day in classes and rehearsals for the chorus and chamber chorus. “Having an extra piano that is always in tune makes it possible for us to separate the choruses into multiple different rooms for teaching,” observes Savoy. “The jazz band and open mic events also enjoy using this new piano. Thank you, GD Arts!”

Kathy Icenogle is a founder of the GD Arts Boosters and member of the Spring into the Arts event committee. She feels strongly about helping to support the school’s creative programs, which help students develop right-brain skills and discover who they are. “Insufficient funding for our arts programs is a huge problem. Over 600 students are involved in these vital creative outlets, through classes and extracurricular programs.”

Maureen Green-Stevens, a teacher in the GDRHS Art Department, speaks to the value of the high school’s arts offerings. “The arts help to produce creative thinkers who are comfortable with a variety of forms of expression. In the case of the visual arts, every student should be visually literate in order to cope with the demands of the 21st century. The ability to critically assess and evaluate visual information empowers students to participate in the larger culture.”

GD Arts Boosters strives to include the broader community in fundraising efforts and arts events throughout the year. Icenogle notes, “In a small town where entertainment options are limited, the high school arts events provide a great opportunity for any arts enthusiasts to get out and enjoy themselves. I’m always amazed by the level of talent these kids display. The art compares to work I see in professional galleries, the music covers a wide variety of genres, and the plays are fun and engaging. People don’t know what they’re missing. Come and see the plays; see the art shows. It’s important for the adult community to get fired up about the creative efforts of the younger generation.”

Don’t wait to make a difference! Spread the word, make a donation to the auction, and be sure to buy a ticket to join the fun on April 5.

Plans are underway for "Spring into the Arts" 2012

posted Jan 19, 2012, 7:09 PM by GDarts Boosters

GD Arts Boosters will be hosting the second annual Spring into the Arts event on Thursday, April 5 (the night before Good Friday). It's a showcase for the wonderful things that students do in the GDRHS Music, Drama, and Visual Arts programs. Proceeds from ticket sales and a silent auction help support GD Arts.
 
If you would like to help with this year's event, please use the Contact form to let us know.
 
If you have something to donate to our auction, please fill out the auction item submission form, or contact us.
 
Direct donations to GD Arts Boosters are always welcome.
 
 

GD Arts Boosters Grants for Music, Drama, and Visual Arts - 2010-2011

posted Sep 30, 2011, 8:51 AM by GDarts Boosters

Groton-Dunstable Arts Boosters was formed to help fill in some of the gaps that exist between the level of support that the District budget has been able to afford in recent years, and the level of support that G-D’s Music, Drama, and Visual Arts programs need to develop the tremendous fine arts talent that is budding within our student community. Last June, the GD Arts Boosters group used the proceeds from the Spring into the Arts fundraiser along with a number of generous donations from the GD Arts community to support the music, drama, and visual arts programs with the following grants:

A stage quality portable digital piano, with a stand, a hard-shell case, and a 3-year extended warrantee

This donation filled a critical need for both Music and Drama.  Previously, whenever the music students needed to perform outside of the PAC or the music room, Music Director Tim Savoy had to either borrow a keyboard from a student, or perform without a piano. On occasion, they moved the high school’s grand piano into the Black Box, but that is easier said than done. It puts a valuable instrument at risk, and increases the frequency of piano tuning.  The new keyboard is now available for classroom use, and for the many performances that are done in the Black Box Theater, as well as “on the road” performances, such as the annual holiday music tour around Groton and Dunstable.  The Drama Guild will also be able to use the electric piano, instead of a portable CD Player, to accompany rehearsals for the annual musical, and allow for the possibility of a student accompanist to rehearse and perform with the cast.

Performance Rights and Scripts for Cinderella

For the past few years, district budget cutbacks on things like drama stipends, a part-time theater manager, and custodial services in the PAC unfortunately shifted the burden of paying for those services onto the budget for theater productions, which also have to cover fees for licensing and performance rights, a professional director, stage sets and costumes.  GD Arts Boosters was able to lighten that load last year, by funding the play rights and much of the publicity for the Drama Guild’s production of the musical, Cinderella.

Two Portable Art Display Boards

The High School Visual Arts department had no display panels. To stage an art exhibit, they had to get the display boards transported from the Middle School, which puts more wear and tear on those boards. GD Arts Boosters donated two large, portable display panels to the Visual Arts department, which we hope will lead to more student art exhibits so people in the community can see some of the outstanding talent that is being cultivated by GD’s Visual Arts program.

Ceramics Supplies

The Visual Arts department also requested funding for some basic supplies that are needed to fire ceramics in the school’s kiln and glaze the pottery and sculptures that the students create. Community support for GD Arts, and particularly the support of the local artist community, has made it possible for us to supplement the limited art supply budget by purchasing these supplies.

The GD Arts Boosters group is very proud of what we were able to accomplish last year. We could not have done this without the support of the school administration, the extra effort put forth by the GDRHS Fine Arts teachers and students, and the generous support of the GD Arts community.

The 2010-2011 Board for Groton Dunstable Arts Boosters

Betsy Bair Blagbrough, President, Drama Liaison
Joelle Graham, Director of Fundraising
Kathy Icenogle, Treasurer, Music Liaison
Lynn Jablonski, Secretary
Marie Anne Durst, Director of Public Relations
Judy Wright – Visual Arts Liaison

GD Arts Boosters kicks off first fundraising event - Spring into the Arts

posted Apr 8, 2011, 3:02 AM by GDarts Boosters   [ updated Apr 9, 2011, 7:58 PM ]

On April 1, Groton Dunstable Arts Boosters held their first fundraiser to support the music, drama, and visual arts programs at Groton Dunstable Regional High School. The purpose of the event was not just to raise funds, but to increase awareness of the range of outstanding talent that is cultivated by the arts programs at GD. The event was a huge success on both fronts.

From the Groton Channel News

There was no shortage of fun and entertainment. The evening began with a buffet supper catered by Filho’s Cucina and accompanied by students on piano. To everyone’s delight, dinner was occasionally interrupted by “flash mob” style performances of scenes from recent high school plays. Guests also took time to browse the student art exhibit, and place bids on some of the 60+ items in the silent auction. (The individuals, businesses, and organizations that supported GD Arts at this event are listed on the right. Please let them know you like what they did.)

After dinner, guests were invited into the Black Box Theater to watch two monologues performed by seniors who were recently accepted to college theater programs, and see the opening scene from the upcoming high school production of Rodger and Hammerstein’s Cinderella, which will be staged in the Performing Arts Center on April 28-30.

Some very tempting desserts from Main Street Café were served in the Front Commons while a live auction was conducted. The photo package donated by Patricia Axford Photography drew the biggest bids, followed closely by a country getaway with dinner and breakfast for two at Stonehedge Inn & Spa, and an overnight in an executive suite at the Ritz-Carlton Boston Common.

The auction was topped off by the GD Chamber Chorus performing a few of the songs they are preparing for the Music in the Park competition and school concert in May. Then guests returned to the Black Box to hear some jazz, starting with a few pieces by the GD Jazz Band with vocal soloist Eryn Henry, and followed by the feature performance of the night, a jazz/blues combo called Blue Taxi, which has recently gained popularity on the local scene through their performances at the Main Street Café. The band is lead John Wiesner on the keyboard and melodica, with Andrew Peterson on bass guitar, and Larry Prestia on drums. All of the performers at the event donated their time and talent to provide great entertainment throughout the night.

The event was organized by the GD Arts Boosters with the support of a good-sized group of adult volunteers contributing in many ways, and approximately eighty students who performed or helped in various ways. Joelle Graham led the team of organizers, with her daughter Danielle in the driver’s seat on decorations, Betsy Bair Blagbrough taking care of publicity, Kathy Icenogle handling ticket sales and web communications, and a group of people soliciting auction donations. Jacqui Hawk was a key player in working with artists in the area, many of whom donated work to the auction.The blend of art, drama, and musical entertainment, and the mix of students and adults in attendance made the event rather unique in a fun way. It was wonderful to see so many people come together to celebrate and support the GD Arts programs. Over the next few weeks, the GD Arts Boosters Board of Directors will be working with the teachers to determine how, in light of the many needs, to best put the funds to use.  

Spring into the Arts

Planning Meetings for Spring Fundraiser

posted Mar 13, 2011, 8:37 PM by GDarts Boosters

We are really excited and pleased to see our Spring into the Arts event coming together so well in such a short time. Dinner and dessert items are being ordered from Filho's and Main St. Cafe. (Yum!). We have some great entertainment lined up. Auction items are beingn donated. A student art exhibit is coming together. Decorations are in the works. We’re getting the word out. Tickets are on sale.

There are a few areas where we could still use some extra hands, but so far… WOW!   

 

We have scheduled a couple of meetings to get our volunteers/helpers together in person a couple of times before the big event - April 1 is just three weeks away!  … to make sure we’re all clear on plans and expectations, and to make sure our coordinators have what they need.  If you have any inclination to get involved in this event, even in a small way, we hope you will join us at one of these meetings:

 

Monday, March 14 – 7pm in the High School Music Room

Monday, March 21 – 7pm in the High School Music Room

(NOTE:  If we can’t get the music room scheduled, we’ll use the Front Commons.)

 

We don’t expect to get everyone there… but please try and make it if you can.

If you can’t make it to these meetings, but would be willing to help for an hour or so, particularly on April 1 (the day of the event).. please contact us
 

People who attend this event are going to be in for a real treat… AND we’ll be raising some much-needed funds for music, drama and art programs at GD.  So we hope you can attend, and – even better – pass this link to your local friends and family and encourage them to attend:  http://www.gdarts.org/arts-festival 

 
TICKETS are on sale here on our website, and also at Main Street Café, Blackbird Cafe, and Convenient Mann. Alternatively, if you’re logged on to Facebook, you can share our event page with all your local Facebook friends - http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=196876443674784 – or search for and event called “Spring into the Arts Festival”.

GD Arts Boosters Meeting - Monday, Jan 10

posted Jan 5, 2011, 8:44 AM by GDarts Boosters

If you would like show your support for the music, drama, and visual arts programs at GD by getting involved in some fundraising activities, please join us at the first general meeting of the Groton Dunstable Arts Boosters on Monday, January 10 at 7:30pm in the High School library.
 
We will be discussing ideas for what the GD Arts Boosters can do to raise the funds that the music, drama, and art programs need to keep offering students the kinds of experiences and opportunities they need to develop their talent.
 
Our success in supporting GD Arts will primarily be determined by who shows up to help.
If you have ideas, or think you can help, but can't make it to this meeting, please contact us.

MHS Bakesale!

posted Oct 25, 2010, 6:11 PM by Caroline Cocossa   [ updated Nov 4, 2010, 4:48 AM by Kathy Icenogle ]

    Break out those extra quarters, because MHS is having a Grand-Three-Day-Long Bakesale this week! From Wednesday to Friday at all four lunches come and buy some tasty treats while supporting the Music Honors Society. You know it'll be great since MHS has a specific group for bakesales, so get extra excited and please remember to come to any one of the three bakesales this week! 

MHS Basket Raffle

posted Oct 20, 2010, 6:45 PM by GD Arts   [ updated Nov 4, 2010, 4:48 AM by Kathy Icenogle ]

The Music Honors Society is running a basket raffle fundraiser.  The baskets include a Halloween Basket, a Movie Basket, a Music/Gift card Basket, a Baked Goods Basket, a Crusader Basket, and a Spa Basket. Each basket is worth between 30 and 50 dollars.  All proceeds from the basket raffle will go towards making the music in our community awesome.
 
Raffle tickets will be sold at the High School on all weekdays, except November 1st.  Tickets will also be sold at ACE Hardware, The Main St Cafe, Clover Farms, and The Groton Exchange in Groton, and at the Rose of Sharon and The Convenient Mann in Dunstable.
 
 The last possible day to buy tickets is November 1st - but don't wait till then to buy some! 

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