Statement issued Wednesday:
Fort Wayne's Voices of Unity USA Choir Olympic Team, sponsored by the Unity Performing Arts Foundation (UPAF), moved a huge step closer to their Dreams of Gold and competing at the World Choir Games in China this July, thanks to a $50,000 pledges from Steel Dynamics Foundation. This generous pledge presents a challenge to raise all the funds needed to make the trip a reality.
"The Steel Dynamics Foundation has great vision to understand what a fantastic opportunity this is, not just for the choir, but for Fort Wayne and all of northeast Indiana. This is a chance to let the world know about the quality of our young people, and our ability to compete globally. What a great message to send to the world. Thank you, Steel Dynamics Foundation!" said Marshall White, the director of the Voices of Unity USA Choir Olympic Team and UPAF founder.
"We need other companies to have the same great vision and to join Steel Dynamics Foundation in supporting this opportunity. In a time when the headlines sadly tell us about kids who've made mistakes, we are hoping the corporate community rallies to support kids who are making responsible choices and have a dream of representing their country on the world stage. That's the kind of headline that northeast Indiana needs for a great future," according to Marshall White.
We are closer than ever to being able to represent Fort Wayne, northeast Indiana and all of the United States at the World Choir Games…
The Voices of Unity USA Choir Olympic Team has the challenge of raising about $400,000 in a very short time period. To date, $104,000 has been raised and another $81,000 pledged (including the Steel Dynamics Foundation pledge). That leaves about $215,000 left to be raised in the next month, to ensure that all travel arrangements can be made on time.
To help make this trip a reality, a Dreams of Gold Corporate Rally will be held Wednesday, May 26, from 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM at Sweetwater Sound corporate headquarters. Company representatives will see the choir perform and learn more about the World Choir Games and how participating in this world-wide event will enhance northeast Indiana's global profile. This is a good opportunity for corporate donors to offer their support and bring a donation check to the rally. (Sweetwater Sound address: 5501 US 30 West at Kroemer Road).
Some of the biggest fundraising momentum is coming from the choir members themselves. Since early March, choir members and their families have raised more than $80,000 of the $104,000 raised so far! They are telling everyone they know to go to the choir's Dreams of Gold website (www.dreamsofgold.org) to make a donation – and it's working! Hundreds of people are following the progress of the choir through Facebook and Twitter as well as the website.
"The gifts people are making on the web site – even at just $10 or $20 at a time – are adding up. But to be able to reach China, we need the corporate community around the state to help us too. Anyone can go to the website to make a donation by credit card. Corporate donors can also contact the UPAF office (260-481-6719) for more information about donating to this great cause," according to Marshall White.
How Can You Support the Dreams of Gold Project?
The public is urged to help reach the Dream by providing financial support, in-kind services, resources, and leading us to local, regional and national contacts that can help us achieve our funding goals.
Go to www.dreamsofgold.org to donate or volunteer on our planning committees. Spread the word throughout the city, state and country and let's get behind these young people.