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Meet your Match Makers!

May 14, 2015

On Monday Kate Braidwood of WonderHeads shared her Fringe success story with you and you got a chance to see the amazing difference you make with a Fringe Lover gift!

She also mentioned the Fringe Match Makers. In 2014, they inspired other Fringe Lovers to make a HUGE difference. You were so successful—easily meeting the $5,000 matching goal—that they’re upping the ante for this year’s Spring for the Fringe! They’ll double eligible gifts you make … up to $10,000!!

Leonard Schein

Leonard Schein posing for a photo for an article in the Vancouver Sun about his retirement and new found focus on philanthropy.

Fringe Match Makers are no strangers to the power of Fringe Lover donations to change the world for the better! They’ve been helping make that difference for years!

Leonard Schein is well-known locally as a successful arts businessman—most notably through founding and running Festival Cinemas and the Vancouver International Film Festival. He’s also a long-term hard-core Fringer, including previously serving as Fringe Board Chair!

Peter Austin is an avid Fringer! He’s supported the Fringe for years and he and his company, Austin Property Tax Consultants, originally inspired the Fringe Match Makers! More often than not, you can find him in line at the Festival, just waiting for that next Fringe surprise!

Intrepid travelers, Ann Harvey and Don Gardiner, who happen to be in South America as we speak, are solid Fringers, supporting every which way they can, from Opening Night to Spring for the Fringe, from the Day of the Dead to Fringe Match Makers, and, of course, helping Fringe artists directly through the hundreds of Festival shows they’ve seen!

Dean Gingrich and Alison Bell, while being relatively new to the Fringe, have been top tier supporters right from the get go—through their donations, incredible record number of performances seen, AND as amazing volunteers!

Susan knows

Susan Freedman knows first hand what it’s like to be a Fringe artist. In fact, she’ll be part of the Vancouver Fringe this year.

Susan Freedman and Bill Galloway also have strong Fringe pedigrees! Susan has performed in several Festivals (including this year when she’ll be at Havana with her latest show, Spilling Family Secrets!) and years ago, she was a Fringe staff member, handling Festival publicity, while Bill served on the Fringe Board! Whether as an artist, volunteer, donor, audience member—they do it all for the Festival and Fringe artists!

Each Match Maker loves the Festival and knows what it takes to create a fantastic Festival that supports Fringe artists as best as possible!

Each also understands the challenges that occur when funding disappears.

In fact, this year, the Festival is looking at a shortfall in government funding for two staff positions. It’s the first time this funding has fallen through and the Fringe is scrambling to cover it off.

This is exactly the kind of challenge that year-round monthly donations can address, and exactly the kind of challenge the Fringe Match Makers will help with, if you make a contribution that is eligible for their matching!

Matching eligibility is simple. The donation must:
• Be from a new donor (or one who hasn’t donated in at least a year), or
• Be an increase on a current donor’s last donation (they’ll match the increase), or
• Be a new monthly donation (from a new donor or a current donor); and
• Be made by the end of the day on June 6, 2015 (D-Day)!

Please consider making a $100 gift or a $10 monthly gift by June 6
and double the power of your gift!!

(Smaller and monthly gifts also add up quickly—especially when matched!)

The 2015 Festival will be here very soon!
Step up and make a difference for Fringe artists and the Festival!
Please say “YES!” and bring Fringe magic to all and make dreams come true!!

Too old school for online giving?
You can support the Festival and Fringe artists with a cheque made payable to
First Vancouver Theatrespace Society (the charitable society that puts on the Festival) and send it to:
203-1398 Cartwright Street
Vancouver, BC, V6H 3R8

Or simply phone Gareth at 604.257.0350 (Ext. 107) and we can help you
help the Festival and Fringe artists!!

The Wonderheads want you to spring for the fringe

May 12, 2015

Who doesn’t want their dreams to come true? I’m sure you do!!

Kate-with-MaskDo you know me? Maybe you’ve heard of me or shared some Fringe magic with me? I’ll bet you don’t realize how you’re connected to me!

I’m Kate, from the WonderHeads, and the truth is, know me or not, I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for you and other Fringers!

I’m writing to thank you for supporting the Festival and Fringe artists and to ask you to make a Fringe Lover gift to ensure there is always a place for artists like me to perform and thrive!

As a girl with an unstoppable imagination, I thrilled at the possibilities of live performance. I was extra lucky to have a stage performer for a dad! Imagine my wonder knowing he’d been on stage at The Cultch in the 1970s living my dream!

I grew up believing I could work hard, follow my calling, and change lives through art! Instead, I found out that it’s a tough world.

Years of formal study, hard work, and great stage experiences just weren’t enough to allow me to devote myself completely to what I love most.

I kept it up, eventually collaborating with my future husband, Andrew, and we created the WonderHeads. We knew we had something special, but sharing it properly was a scary prospect.

Then everything changed at the 2011 Vancouver Fringe, this amazing Festival that you and other Fringers make possible! Before we knew it, Grim and Fischer sold out its performances! Then it was held over as a Pick of the Fringe! Then it won the Cultchivating the Fringe Award and months later we performed at The Cultch—the same place my dad had performed almost 40 years before!! I felt so proud!

We were finally ready to quit our day jobs to be full time WonderHeads! We never could have taken this leap without you and the Fringe!

The truth is many Fringe shows, not just ours, simply wouldn’t happen without the opportunities you offer artists through the Festival. Please show your support with a Spring for the Fringe donation!

Kate with a future Fringe artist? —Winnipeg Free Press

Kate with a future Fringe artist? —Winnipeg Free Press

How many future WonderHeads are out there looking for their chance? I share my story with you because they need your help, too!

Through the Fringe, you make the impossible possible! You can make it all possible right now!

Because of you and other Fringers, the WonderHeads could share our art at the Fringe and my childhood dream came true!

This is the long-term difference monthly donors make! This is the magic top Fringe donors create!

Last year, Fringe Lover donors made this magic happen, covering the basic costs for over half of the Festival’s Mainstage artists! This year, you can do even more!

Also, top donor Leonard Schein and the other “Fringe Match Makers” have returned to challenge you to stretch your support. They’ve pledged to double up to $10,000 in donations!! They’ll match every donation made by June 6 that is:
• From a new donor (or one who hasn’t donated in over a year),
• From anyone who becomes a monthly donor (debit or credit, they’ll match the whole thing!), or
• An increase in last year’s donation (they’ll match the increase!)

Nothing helps artists reach their full potential like the Vancouver Fringe and you are the reason that happens! My story shows that your help can stretch far into the future and change everything!

Please consider making a $100 gift or a $10 monthly gift by June 6
and double the power of your gift!!

(Smaller and monthly gifts also add up quickly—especially when matched!)

The 2015 Festival will be here very soon! Step up and make a difference for Fringe artists and the Festival! Please say “YES!” and bring Fringe magic to all and make dreams come true!!

Kate Braidwood
The WonderHeads

P.S. Don’t forget, if you make a new, increased, or monthly donation by June 6, Leonard Schein and the Fringe Match Makers will double your gift! Nobody else has your power to create the amazing Fringe opportunities!!



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