Thank you to everyone who helped this project surpass its goal. You have made a difference in the education of many future Redbirds and we can't thank you enough!

School of Theatre and Dance Call to Arms!

$20,780
103%
Raised toward our $20,100 Goal
229 Donors
Project has ended
Project ended on November 14, at 11:59 PM CST
Project Owners

Thursday, November 14th at 10:17 pm CST

November 14, 2019

Everyone,

 

It is with great pleasure that I can report that we have hit our final goal! Thank you to everyone who helped out in any way. You have made a difference in the education of many future Redbirds and we can't thank you enough!

 

We will give out more details soon, but know that everyone at the School of Theatre and Dance at Illinois State University is overwhelmed by this showing of support.

 

THANK YOU!

MAJOR UPDATE: Thursday, November 14th at 7:05 pm

November 14, 2019

Everyone,

 

We've just been contacted by a potential donor that, if we bring in $660 by midnight, he will match that amount and bring us to our final goal!

 

It ain't over 'til its over!

 

Please help us get to $19,445, which is $660 away!

 

EVERY BIT HELPS!

UPDATE: Thursday, November 14th

November 14, 2019

Everyone,

 

We have just over 12 hours left and I couldn't be more thrilled at how close we are to our final goal. Currently, we have raised $18,480 of our $20,100 goal. This means we are only $1,620 away!

 

We can't believe we have come this far in such a short amount of time. Our final goal is in sight! Please spread the word in these final hours and help us get over the top!

 

EVERY BIT HELPS!

 

Thank you for your consideration.

UPDATE: Monday, November 11th

November 11, 2019

Everyone,

 

With only a few days left in our CALL TO ARMS campaign, I just wanted to fill you in on some incredible news...

 

ISU Alum Keith Habersberger '08 has just given an incredibly generous gift. Personally, I am overwhelmed by the amazing generosity that has come from our students, staff, faculty, alums and friends of both ISU's School of Theatre and Dance AND The Illinois Shakespeare Festival. Your desire to help our program and the future of the Festival is something I will always cherish. Who would have thought that a simple wish could turn in to such an incredible outpouring of support and kindness. Thank yoou from the bottom of my heart.

 

That being said, we are closer than we ever thought possible to our final goal. We are only $3,240 away from completing our project. Please consider telling others about our project. The more people know about what we are doing here, the greater chance we have of reaching the end.

 

EVERY BIT HELPS!

 

Thank you for your consideration.

 

 

UPDATE: Thursday, November 7th

November 07, 2019

Everyone,

 

We have reached our Second Phase Goal!!! We couldn't be more thrilled! Thank you to everyone who has given thus far. We certainly couldn't have done it without each and every one of you!

 

We have just under seven days left in our campaign, so we see no reason to stop the momentum now. We are going to push forward in an attempt to hit our Third Phase Goal of an additional $8,000, for a grand total of $20,100.

 

Will me make it? Who knows...But we will keep on trying and we hope you will continue to spread the word about our CALL TO ARMS!

 

Every bit helps!

 

Thank you for your consideration.

UPDATE: Tuesday, November 5th

November 05, 2019

Everyone,

 

We are only $445 away from receiving a $1,000 gift. That gift will complete our Second Phase Goal! The sooner we get to that benchmark, the sooner we can work toward our Third Phase. Please take a moment and share our campaign on Social Media, through e-mail and by word of mouth so we can bring in that last part of our Second Phase!

 

We are close!

 

Every bit helps!

 

Thank you for your consideration.

UPDATE: Thursday, October 31st

October 31, 2019

Happy Halloween, Everyone!

 

First of all, we want to thank everyone for their generous support during our campaign. It is truly incredible to see so much support for something of this nature. Everyone here in the SOTD is ecstatic!

 

On to something new...

 

We just heard from one of our supporters that if we can get to $11,100, which is currently $3,850 away, they will gift the remaining $1,000 to get us to our Second Phase Goal! What an incredibly generous offer!

 

Since we have just over 14 days to meet this challenge...and we love a good challenge here in the SOTD...we are looking for everyone to boost the signal of our Call to Arms farther than ever. Please tell everyone you know! The more people who hear our call, the easier it is to reach our goals.

 

Every bit helps!

 

Thank you for your consideration.

 

PS - Here is an image of students playing with blood-filled pumpkins...Happy Halloween!

UPDATE: Monday, October 28th

October 28, 2019

Everyone,

 

We have officially surpassed our First Phase Goal! Thank you to everyone who got us to this point and a special THANK YOU to ISU SOTD alum Jane Lynch for putting us over the top! Your incredible generosity has truly warmed the hearts of everyone here in the Centennial Building (especially on such a cold morning)!

 

With that goal officially being exceeded, we now look toward our Second Phase Goal. We are already over 60% of the way there with a little over two weeks remaining in our campaign. When we started talking about creating this project, we never thought we would get this far. We couldn't be more excited to have been proven wrong!

 

So, let's keep the momentum going! Tell you friends! Share the link! Make a gift!

 

Every bit helps!

 

Thank you for your consideration.

UPDATE: Thursday, October 24th

October 24, 2019

Everyone,

 

The School of Theatre and Dance is thrilled about the recent gifts that have come in for our HATCH project. So much so, we feel it is time to take the next step in our campaign. With 20 days still left in our fundraiser, we have integrated our second phase into our goal amount.

 

Our goal for the first phase was $7,100. Already at $6,200, we feel that we can confidently add our second phase of an additional $5,000 to our total campaign request. This is only possible because of your incredible generosity and understanding that our students deserve the best.

 

While we have a long way to go, we at the School of Theatre and Dance feel the love and support from around the country in helping us provide these amazing opportunities for our students. Every gift you give helps us strive toward that goal. Every friend you tell about our campaign gets us one step closer. Every post you share puts it out into the world that we care about our students' education...

 

Every bit helps!

 

Thank you for your consideration.

UPDATE: Tuesday, October 22nd

October 22, 2019

Everyone,

 

Thank you so much for your kind and generous gifts to this point. The School of Theatre and Dance is overwhelmed by this outpouring of support in our endeavors to create more educational opportunities for our students. As of this message, and only eight days into our campaign, we are 66% toward meeting our first phase goal! This is an incredible feat and we couldn't be more thrilled! We are striving to keep this momentum going because, at our current rate, that would put us at 88% toward our third phase goal by November 14th!

 

This will only be possible if we keep working together. Share our links on social media! Call and email your friends, family, co-workers and other alums! Get people to understand that our mission is clear and important! Together, we can make this happen. Together, we can accomplish this task. Together, we can help shape the future of our students at the School of Theatre and Dance at Illinois State!

 

Every bit helps!

 

Thank you for your consideration.

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Choose a giving level

$10

Student Challenge!

Give a little, get a little more. At this level, you are willing to take a punch to the face to show how important this project is to others...OR...You can nominate an ISU School of Theatre and Dance student to receive a punch to show how much you care about them and our project! Don’t worry...All punches to the face are choreographed by a trained professional! If you wish to take a punch, you must be an ISU student. If you wish to nominate someone, your nominee must be a current ISU SOTD student. Videos of your getting punched will be posted on Social Media for all the world to see!

$25

Donor Wall Recognition

You will be listed on our Armory Donor Wall as a reminder of your generosity for future generations of ISU students.

$50

Social Media Shout Out!

We will give you a personal Shout Out thanking you for your generous gift on our Social Media accounts (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc.) You will also be listed on our Armory Donor Wall as a reminder of your generosity for future generations of ISU students.

$100

Personal Thank You Video

You will receive a personal "Thank You" video from students of Illinois State University’s School of Theatre and Dance. You will also receive a Social Media Shout Out for your generous gift, and you will be listed on our Armory Donor Wall as a reminder of your generosity for future generations of ISU students.

$250

“Defending Your Honor”

We will make a video of a fight acknowledging how honorable you are in donating to such a worthy cause. You will also be listed on our Armory Donor Wall as a reminder of your generosity for future generations of ISU students.

$500

Your Name Immortalized!

Because of your generosity, your name will be stamped into one of our new swords immortalizing you within the School of Theatre and Dance. Once the sword is finished being made, a photo of the stamping will be emailed to you. You will also receive a Social Media Shout Out, a personal "Thank You" video, and your name will be listed on our Armory Donor Wall as a reminder of your generosity for future generations of ISU students.

$1,000

Tour and Demo

You will be invited to join us at Illinois State University where you can see what your generous donation has provided for the students of the School of Theatre and Dance. This will include watching some of our incredible students performing choreography. Your name will also be stamped into one of our new swords, and you will also be listed on our Armory Donor Wall as a reminder of your generosity for future generations of ISU students.

$2,500

Private Class for Two

You and a guest will be invited to attend a private masterclass (as your schedule allows) at Illinois State University with an award-winning fight choreographer where you will not only see just what your donation has provided, but you will be able to have a 60-minute private tutorial on the use of one of the weapon styles as it applies to stage combat. You will also learn a small piece of choreography and we will video your proficiency as a keepsake. Your name will also be stamped into one of our new swords, and you will be listed on our Armory Donor Wall as a reminder of your generosity for future generations of ISU students.