At this year’s annual Keep the Beat fundraiser, the SMUS Arts Council raised a record amount of money for War Child Canada: $8777.35. Selling merchandise and food, hosting a talent show, auctioning student art and performing music for donations brought in a lot of money for a very worthy cause.
“Everybody got on board,” says Head of Music Donna Williams. “The vibe was really strong and people were excited.”
Why was this year such a success? There was a lot of new merchandise up for sale, including sunglasses and student art. Colorful T-shirts (designed by Jean Kim) and USB copies of the KTB 2011 album sold out fast. There was a lot of food up for sale and travelling musicians did their part to wrangle donations from the classrooms they visited.
Another factor in the fundraising success was a lot of help from sponsors and supporters. The Arts Council would also like to thank the following people and companies for their contributions: Stephen Alford, Coast Capital Savings Credit Union, Margaret Elliott, Anne & Alex Wortmann, Western Speedway, Team Sales (discount on t-shirts), Sarah Taylor’s grandparents (200 samosas), Mrs. Jennifer Fletcher (250 granola bars), Pepsi (juice and water donations), Brin Porter (recording/mixing the KTB CD), Brown Hall/Sodexo Food Services (donated hours).
All in all, the event was well-organized and a lot of fun. The record year is a great sign, because next year’s Keep the Beat event will mark the 10th anniversary of the school’s participation, and the Arts Council plans to raise an astounding $10,000 in honour of the occasion.