Life after 50 - are you ready?

From the President

There is something about September that feels like a new start. I guess it is leftover from all those back to school days. MMC continues to make a new start dealing with the realities of funding cuts but we have a lot of good friends out there to help us weather the hard times. The Steppin Seniors recently donated $2,000 to MMC from their wonderful line dance festival. Thank you to Barbara Dickerson and Diane Mosey and all the Steppin' Seniors for their generosity.
Don and Delores Blakey and their company raised nearly $7,000 for MMC with their "Rosedale Beach - Revisited" production last month. It was so successful that they are doing another show for us January 19, "A Night in Harlem." Tickets go on sale Nov. 15, $30 per person for dinner and the show.
Of course, our biggest fundraiser each year is the gala. I am happy to announce that the event is sold out. I want to extend a big thanks to our co-chairs Bill and Okemah Strickland and the gala committee for their hard work and leadership. We are excited about the new activities planned this year. In addition to our popular silent and live auctions, we are introducing games of chance. You could even win a car - a brand new Camaro! Thanks go to Bill Willis and friends of MMC for making that possible. The car will be on display soon in front of the Center. In addition to the car there are lots of other great prizes, including a weekend trip to New York City.
Tickets for our Friday Nite Fry-Up are slow. If you are planning on supporting this fundraiser, get your tickets soon. Remember, no tickets will be sold at the door - I am sure you don't want to miss some of Victor's delicious fried chicken and fish! Choose from a fish or chicken dinner for $15 each or get both entrees for $20.
Obviously we are doing these fundraisers because of the state funding cuts we received. Another way we are addressing the issue is with an annual giving campaign which will start in October. Everyone has a chance to support MMC and its programs.
Our holiday show tickets will go on sale Oct. 10. The show, "A Magical, Miracle Christmas," runs Nov. 28, 29 and 30. This is one of our most popular shows, so plan on getting your tickets early. Enjoy the magic and miracles that occur when Santa opens his famous bag. Ticket prices remain the same at $35 per person for dinner and the show.
Of course, we will host our annual New Year's Eve Dance, Dec. 31. You can pick up tickets starting Nov. 1. The price remains the same at $35 per person for dinner, dancing, party favors and a midnight champagne toast.
Lastly, I am happy to announce our latest February dinner concert will feature Haleyz Cometz for a night of Rock and Roll. The tribute band out of Philadelphia features eleven members: 6 horn players, guitar, bass, drums and 2 women singers led by John Melinchock who was the lead guitar player and lead vocalist with Bill Haley's Comets from 1988 through 2010. Tickets go on sale Dec. 4 for $45 per person for dinner and the show.
I know it sounds like a lot of fundraising events, but we are taking a proactive approach to dealing with those funding cuts. In addition, I have started meeting with our legislators and given then a list of questions to answer dealing with how they stand on Grant-in-Aid for next year and their thoughts to help balance the budget in the next fiscal year. Their answers will be run in future Bulletins.
There have been many rumors going around about how MMC is dealing with the funding cuts. I want to reassure everyone that we are taking a proactive approach and that NO services have been cut and NO staff have been laid off. The building is not being sold and we are looking at ways to raise revenue and cut expenses just like everyone else. Did the cuts hurt - yes. Will we succeed - yes - with your help and support, I know we will succeed.

Carolyn Fredricks