Tomorrow, starting at 12 AM, is the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee‘s The Big Payback! Heard of it (or haven’t) and aren’t exactly sure what it is? Think of The Big Payback as a citywide competition in which there are no losers. Starting 12 a.m. Tuesday, May 5, nonprofit organizations within 40 Middle Tennessee counties have exactly 24 hours to man phones, host rallies, fire off Tweets and refresh Facebook like crazy in a bid for supporters to fill their warchests. The organizations large and small that raise the most money overall will receive a $7,500 grand prize, with 11 additional prizes of $2,500 awarded every few hours. (Corporate and individual sponsors supplied the prize money.)
For us at the Nashville Shakespeare Festival, it’s an opportunity to raise much-needed funds, $3,000 to be exact, to support our educational outreach programming, including our annual High School Shakespeare Festival. The Second Annual High School Shakespeare Festival, held April 18th, 2015, included Pope John Paul II High School, Nashville School of the Arts, Hillsboro High School, Pearl Cohn High School, and Maplewood High School, and was funded in part by the 2014 Big Payback. Coordinated by Nashville Shakes, students and teachers from these area high schools came together for a full day of theater workshops and Shakespeare performances, all for free!
Two easy ways to get involved:
1. We are asking our friends and supporters to remember to donate to us between the hours of 12 am and 12 pm on May 5th, to help us raise this $3,000. Whether you give $10, $25, or $1000, any amount can help us reach our goal. All donations can be made through this link: https://thebigpayback.org/#npo/the-nashville-shakespeare-festival
2. Help spread the word about the Big Payback. Copy and paste the below messages to your Facebook and Twitter accounts and share the news with friends:
Help support The Nashville Shakespeare Festival in its goal to to raise much-needed funds to support their educational outreach programming! Participate in the #BigPayback and donate May 5 between 12 am and 12 pm at https://thebigpayback.org/#npo/the-nashville-shakespeare-festival
The countdown is on for The #BigPayback! Give to @nashvilleshakes on May 5 and help bring Shakespeare to area schools! https://thebigpayback.org/#npo/the-nashville-shakespeare-festival #cfmt
The #BigPayback is here! Give to @nashvilleshakes TODAY and help bring Shakespeare to area schools! https://thebigpayback.org/#npo/the-nashville-shakespeare-festival #cfmt
Thank you so much for all your support! We’ll see you online!
Students from 5 area high schools participated in the 2015 High School Shakespeare Festival, funded, in part, by the 2014 Big Payback.