Letter: East Providence Heritage Days group seeks support

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To the editor,

On July 19-21, The Heritage Festival will celebrate its 33rd anniversary. The continued support of sponsors is greatly needed, especially this year when our funds are very low. East Providence Heritage Days, Inc. is a non-profit organization that relies on your generosity to keep this great tradition alive.image001(2)

As you know, the Heritage Festival has become a summer destination not only for city residents but for many Rhode Islanders as well as residents from neighboring states. Please do what you can to keep this distinction for the City of East Providence. We appeal to you to consider making a contribution today.

To give back to the City for their support in past years, the all volunteer board of directors has chosen East Providence Recreation Department’s summer concert series and youth programs as the recipient of a percentage of the 2013 festival proceeds. Last year, your generosity helped us raise $2,000 for Crossroads RI.

With the state appointed Budget Commission stripping East Providence Recreation Department’s budget, all funds for public celebrations and outside services that promote free and/or affordable cultural opportunities have been lost. By making a donation you will ensure that these very valuable and educational experiences that serve to enhance the quality of life will continue for the residents of our city as well as for the general public.

Thanks to your past donations the 2013 festival is already shaping up and will highlight live performances by a variety of nationally known artists including extraordinary top-notch regional ethnic artists. Additionally we are partnering with WBRU-FM for a surprise Friday night kickoff! All this plus our customary offering of good food, good music, and good times in a friendly, family environment that you have graciously assisted in flourishing is not to be missed!

Formal sponsor levels are detailed on the enclosed form, however, we welcome whatever amount you can give. You have helped to build this fine tradition and are an integral part of its continued success. Your support and generosity are much appreciated. Please note that your contribution is fully tax deductible and that your gift does make a difference.

Clarence Butler, Jr.

Chairman East Providence Heritage Days, Inc.

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