The Big Payback: Help Us Raise $2000 for the High School Shakespeare Festival

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Update: We received 53 individual donations and raised $3065.21 during The Big Payback! That’s going to provide for several area high schools to put on one AMAZING High School Shakespeare Festival next school year!

Update: As of 12 pm, we have met our $2,000 goal! Let’s raise $4,000 by 6 a.m. tomorrow! The more funds we raise, the bigger and better the 2nd Annual High School Shakespeare Festival will be! 

Tomorrow, starting at 6am, 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? Jim Ridley of The Nashville Scene explains: “Think of The Big Payback as a citywide competition in which there are no losers. Starting 6 a.m. Tuesday, May 6, 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.)”

NSF Education Director Nettie Kraft with a Big Picture High student before the inaugural High School Shakespeare Festival at Hillsboro High School on April 18th.

NSF Education Director Nettie Kraft with a Big Picture High student before the inaugural High School Shakespeare Festival at Hillsboro High School on April 18th.

For us at the Nashville Shakespeare Festival, it’s an opportunity to raise much-needed funds, $2,000 to be exact, to produce a second High School Shakespeare Festival in late 2014/early 2015. The first High School Shakespeare Festival was held April 18th, 2014, with participation from Pope John Paul II High School, Nashville School of the Arts, University School Nashville, Big Picture High School, and Hillsboro High School. Coordinated by us, students and teachers from these five schools worked to produce a single production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, all without funding beyond their personal pocketbooks. It was such a success that we’d like to make this an annual project, but we can’t without your help.

Two easy ways to get involved:

  1. We are asking our friends and supporters to remember to donate to us between the hours of 10 and 11, am and/or pm, to help us raise this $2000 and hopefully gain much needed additional funds by winning the hour. Whether you give $10, $25, or $1000, any amount can help us reach our goal. (If you forget during the 10 hour, that’s ok! Donate anyway!)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:

Facebook
#BigPayback
Help support The Nashville Shakespeare Festival in its goal to produce a Second Annual High School Shakespeare Festival next year! Donate May 6 between 10 and 11 am/pm at https://thebigpayback.org/#npo/the-nashville-shakespeare-festival

Twitter
Today:
The countdown is on for The #BigPayback! Give to @nashvilleshakes on May 6 and help bring Shakespeare to area high schools! https://thebigpayback.org/#npo/the-nashville-shakespeare-festival #cfmt

Tomorrow:
The #BigPayback is here! Give to @nashvilleshakes TODAY and help bring Shakespeare to area high schools! https://thebigpayback.org/#npo/the-nashville-shakespeare-festival #cfmt

Thank you so much for all your support! We’ll see you online!

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