Many nonprofits use this date to kick start an entire season of giving called an End of Year Campaign (EOY). Afterall, the end of year is critical for nonprofits to reach their financial goals and set their mission-driven organizations up for success in the following year.
Awakening Minds Art looks towards the future for this 2022 campaign, and we are excited to share the details with you! We’ve decided to start the “AMA Future Fund.”
In 2020, our entire organization shut down and all of our staff was laid off due to the pandemic. This year, after a scary couple years, we’ve been fortunate to find ourselves in a confident position, asking ourselves, “what’s the next responsible step forward for the organization?”
The answer seemed clear. Learn from the past.
We’ve learned the importance of having an emergency fund that can help the organization stay afloat during emergencies. We’ve learned from 2020, and we are ready to implement a more sustainable, responsible future for our organization.
Gifts given up until the New Year will go towards this AMA Future Fund (unless otherwise specified). Our starting goal is $3,000, and we will continue to make new goals annually for building the reserve.
This new fund is an important step for the long-term success of Awakening Minds Art. Having the flexibility to prioritize the future safety and well-being of our staff and students no matter what the circumstances, makes AMA programming stronger NOW.
Please consider a donation in support of the AMA Future Fund!
Awakening Minds Art is a resilient organization that our community has spoken loudly in support of. To watch our documentary video, click here!
In addition to regularly scheduled programs, we are asked by schools, daycares, businesses, and private parties to set up group classes
TWO new board members were welcomed this year, Amber Kear and Katie Unverferth!
Board members include President Tony Morman, Vice President & founder Sarah Crisp-Ricker, Treasurer Chris Scherley, Secretary Tamera Rooney, Melody Rinker, Bre Berger, Kyle Frias, Amber Kear, and Katie Unverferth.
We are continuing to settle into our space at 1640 Tiffin Ave, Findlay
The AMA Community Mural Project wraps up with 10 murals around Findlay made by various local artists and funded through the Marianna Hofer Endowment
We held two fundraising events this year including a golf outing at Moose Landing Country Club in Ottawa and The 12th Annual Art Auction with Dueling Pianos. Both events were SOLD OUT, and we were so excited to bring the Art Auction back in-person this year!
Each Monday, we hold a Queen of Hearts drawing at the Fern Café in Findlay. This event is loads of fun and DJ Will keeps us entertained leading up to each drawing. Not sure what a Queen of Hearts drawing is? Read more about it here!
2022 Program sponsors included Ohio Logistics and Blanchard Valley Pediatric Dentistry, Kyle D. Amspaugh, DDS, MS. THANK YOU for supporting our students!
THANK YOU to all those who have donated to AMA so far this year (and every year). Your support helps strengthen our organization to give our families the support they need to grow through art.
19 Pieces of artwork were up for bid for this sold-out event. Every AMAzing piece there was made by students in Awakening Minds Art programming, and many of the students enjoy coming to show off their work every year. This year, 15 students were in attendance to walk their artwork around the room with an instructor during auction.
What is a Mission Auction? During a mission auction, the auctioneer announces levels of support, and individuals raise their auction paddles to indicate their pledge at that announced level. “Who is willing to donate $1,000 tonight?” and paddles go up!
The dinner sponsor for the event was Kris & Jennifer Hagedorn. Dinner was a delicious salmon, brisket, asparagus and smashed potatoes. For dessert, attendees enjoyed a yummy carrot cake!
Sponsors make the event possible; the attendees bring the energy! Sponsors included Ohio Logistics, Premier Bank, Burkett Restaurant Equipment & Supply, Blanchard Valley Pediatric Dentistry, Lauck Auto, Doty Dental, First National Bank of Pandora, Judy Mitchell Brennen, McComb Family Dental, LaRiche Chevrolet, Shear Vanity Salon, The Bourbon Affair, and Patrick & Brigette Sadowski. Photography by Sarah Moyer Photography. To attend the event, the cost was $500/table or $60 for general admission.
The date is booked for the 2023, 13th Annual Awakening Minds Art Auction!
SAVE THE DATE! October 14th, 2023 at the Hilton Garden Inn, Findlay, Ohio!
If you are interested in sponsoring this event, please email founder and board vice-president, Sarah Ricker, at firstname.lastname@example.org