Support EEDS in 2015!

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Hope you are all having a wonderful holiday season!

As you know, the Evanston Escola de Samba (EEDS) is a volunteer run 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to teach, perform, and promote Brazilian music and dance as a vehicle for arts education and community engagement in Chicagoland.  For over 10 years, EEDS has provided classes, workshops and performances to the Chicagoland community, working with schools, nonprofit organizations, and communities to promote the love of Brazilian music and culture and bringing people of various backgrounds together.  This past year EEDS had some great highlights, including:

  • Hosting our first ever Carnaval Event in March funded by a successful Kickstarter campaign
  • Winning the Chief Judge’s Award for Special Merit in the Evanston 4th of July Parade
  • Workshops with Philip Galinsky of Samba! New York, and San Francisco percussionist Jimmy Biala
  • Running many school performances and classes with over 1,000 participants, including Dawes Elementary in Evanston, the Evanston Ethnic Arts Festival, and Shared Streets in Evanston

EEDS also built a new partnership with the Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center (SRBCC). Together, EEDS and SRBCC hope to promote not only Brazilian music and culture, but to advance the mission of community organizations working to provide quality music and dance educational opportunities for all.

As we plan for 2015 we need your support more than ever! EEDS relies on support from individuals like you who value arts education, and opportunities to provide culturally rich programming to those who are unable to afford classes. With your support, we will continue to be able to provide scholarships, discounted class fees, and workshops. This will ensure that all members of the community that wish to participate in our programs are able to do so. In 2015, we also hope to move into our own class, practice and performance space, which will allow us to better serve the community. Building from our strengths in 2014, we hope to have great success next year and need your support to make it happen.

Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to EEDS to help us further our mission through outreach, performance and engaging the Chicagoland community through Brazilian music and dance.

You can also send a check, payable to Evanston Escola de Samba, at the address below.

Evanston Escola de Samba
P.O. Box 5108
Evanston, IL 60204

Thank you very much for your continued support and we hope to see you in 2015!

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2nd Week Update – We’re halfway through!

Our Kickstarter fundraising campaign is halfway over, and we wanted to offer our heartfelt thanks to those who have contributed this second week. Thank you for helping us spread Brazilian music and culture!:

  • Amanda Armstrong
  • Chris Hasselbring
  • Mateus Reppucci Vaz de Lima
  • Libby
  • Julia Bartos
  • Jacques Pépin and Full Plate Media
  • Mike Serritella

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We are looking to raise $3,600, but with only 15 days to go, we still need over $2,400 to meet our goal! If we don’t meet our $3,600 total goal, we don’t see a penny of your donations, our Kickstarter closes June 7th at 10 AM. Please help out if you can – in order to contribute, please visit our Kickstarter fundraising page! If you are unable to contribute, help us by sharing our Kickstarter link! We are grateful for your support!

First week update: Thank you to our supporters – we’re 25% there!

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We are extremely grateful to the 10 generous contributors who have helped us reach 25% of our goal! Thank you to new donors:

  • Marion
  • Philip Galinsky
  • Kristin and Marc Winter

The amount pledged so far covers our scholarships, shirts/hats and costume expenses. Though we are making progress, we still have a way to go before reaching our ultimate parade fundraising goal. Even if you can’t contribute, please help us by sharing our Kickstarter link and our Kickstarter event on Facebook. The Kickstarter closes at 10 AM on Saturday June 7th! If we do not raise enough funds by that date, we don’t receive any money, so every dollar really helps us towards our goal! Muito Obrigado!