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Spring Benefit Cancelled

Dear Members and Friends and Supporters,


With much disappointment I must announce the decision made by our performers, concert committee, and Board of Directors to cancel our March 29th Spring Benefit Concert. I'm sure this comes as no surprise. The uncertainty of the viral spread, difficulty in coordinating performers, plus extra expenses involved with rescheduling dictate that we will not be able to reschedule this main fundraising event this season.


On a happier note, AAPF has scheduled its 20th Fall Benefit Concert for October 4th, 2020! We are excited to have a beautiful, new (to us) venue - the First Presbyterian Church Asheville on Church Street. The church is home to a newly rebuilt 9 foot concert grand piano, and we hope to have a second piano join it in some of our performances this Fall.


Some thoughts to those of you who had planned to attend our Spring Benefit Concert: 1) You can still purchase tickets! If you choose to do so, that money can go directly to the funding of our Continuing Private Piano Lessons Awards and for our Keys for Kidz program, both of which help financially challenged families pay for piano lessons. 2) If you have already purchased tickets, you may choose to have us use that ticket money for the Student Awards or receive a refund. I will be individually contacting those of you who have purchased tickets to determine what you would like us to do with the money.


To our Advertising Supporters: The ads you have paid for in our concert programs also directly support our Student Assistance Awards programs. AAPF will be sending out an email letter telling you about the discount you will receive if you continue to advertise with us this fall. It will also tell you about the recognition you will receive on our newly-being-developed website and inside the concert program itself. The money we have received this season in advertising revenue has been just as significant as has been the income from ticket sales to our concerts! Your continued support is very necessary to the continuation of Student Assistance Awards.


I end this email expressing AAPF's thankfulness to our wonderful volunteer performers, to our concert committee and other volunteers who have been on the Spring concert's production "team", to the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Asheville which is being very flexible with us as we move forward into next season, and finally to our Board which has recently been working overtime during the course of the last week.


Looking forward to other events,


Karen Boyd, co-president 2019-2020 and concert committee member


April


25   Apr 25: Student Spring Recital Lutheran Church of the Nativity 2425 Hendersonville Road, Arden, North Carolina. This event has been cancelled due to the Coronavirus pandemic.


May


9   May 9: Board of Directors Meeting  Time and location TBA.


16   May 16: Annual Meeting of AAPF  Annual Meeting of AAPF (election of board and officers, budget proposed and voted upon) with Presentation by Shelley Hartman “Chopin: Life, Times, Works, and Practice” incorporating the latest scholarship from the new Alan Walker biography. Mr. Hartman will also talk about his practice techniques. 9:30 for Social Greeting time, 10:00 for annual meeting, 10:30-12:00 noon presentation.

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