February 12, 2021
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And the Winner Is...
Cinema Arts Centre! And that means all of us!

This year, our awards fundraiser is all virtual and includes three great awards shows, The Golden Globes, the SAG Awards, and the Oscars! While 2020 is behind us, the impact of the pandemic is not behind us. This year's event is truly a fundraiser for the future of our Cinema community.

Since we temporarily closed our doors last March and moved our robust slate of programming to streaming platforms, we have reduced our expenses by over 60% and are running lean. Still, it costs thousands of dollars each week to operate virtually. In addition, we continue to complete work in our building to make it cleaner, safer, and more comfortable once it is safe for us to reopen for in-person screenings and events.

We received a few weeks of emergency funding through the CARES Act last year, and are fortunate and grateful for grant support from the New York State Council on the Arts, Suffolk County, the Town of Huntington, the Alpern Family Foundation, the Burt and Stanley Shaffer Foundation, the Emily T. Allen, Linda P. Allen and F. Towne Allen Charitable Gift Fund, and many others. Our members and donors - you! - have sent contributions large and small. On January 31, we closed our annual Vic Skolnick Life of Our Cinema Campaign having raised over $195,000 - a campaign record! And currently, we await the opportunity to apply for the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant. If it weren't for the amazing support from our community, we would not be here right now preparing for that opportunity. Thank you!

The Cinema Arts Centre has always been supported by members and donors, the people who make up our Cinema Community, the people who truly are the Cinema Arts Centre. When we are operating normally, with our theaters open and presenting 12 or more in-person screenings and events each day, fundraising accounts for about 30% of our revenue. The bulk of our revenue usually comes from ticket sales and café sales. While we have been able to dramatically reduce expenses by operating virtually, the capacity to earn ticket revenue is much different and fundraising now accounts for more than 80% of our revenue. We are only here now because you are standing with us. Together, we ARE the Cinema Arts Centre, and we will persevere.

This year's Awards Season Fundraiser will help support our streaming programs and operations, and continued work in our building, keeping us alive to see that light at the end of the tunnel, when we can all be together again in our independent community cinema and home away from home.

"And the winner is..." is a phrase we will hear often over the next several weeks, as we celebrate the film artists who have contributed to the medium for which we share such great passion. But the winners truly will be all of us, all of you who make the Cinema Arts Centre what we are.
How to Participate:
There are lots of ways to support our Awards Season Fundraiser, from a $5 Bingo Card contribution to a $5,000 sponsorship - or just add to the fun and excitement by attending a Watch Party for free. No matter how you participate, you help make sure the Cinema Arts Centre is the winner - and that means all of us because we did it together.

Sponsorship Opportunities:
Sponsorship opportunities are still available. CLICK HERE to check out all the levels and benefits. Join great local companies and businesses like Chip'n Dipped, Gurwin Family of Services, Rivkin Radler, and Sinequanon, in this highly visible opportunity to support the future of independent film programming in Huntington. For more info, write to rene@cinemaartscentre.org, or CLICK HERE to make a phone appointment.

FREE Watch Parties:
We will be hosting free Watch Parties on Zoom as companion events for the Golden Globes, the SAG Awards, and the Oscars. Watch the awards shows on your own TV like you normally would, and join our Watch Parties on your phone or device. Chat with friends, answer trivia questions, learn fun facts, and enhance your awards viewing experience.

Watch Parties include the opportunity (with donation) to play Bingo (win a month of free membership for every completed Bingo!) and enter our Ballot contest for a chance to win a year of Director's Circle Membership!

Find all the details HERE.

Awards Season Raffle:
Anyone can be automatically entered in our Awards Season Raffle with a contribution of $25 or more. (Or mail a postcard for free entry, follow instructions at link to qualify.)

First Prize: Programmer for a Day!
Second Prize: Director’s Circle Membership!
Third Prize: Patron Membership!

Restrictions may apply. See full details by CLICKING HERE!

Online Auction:
Optimal Fundraising Group has put together some amazing auction items. Items include travel packages, Movie Memorabilia, Spirits, Cultural Experiences, and more. We will be taking bids now through Oscar Night. CHECK IT OUT!

Net proceeds support CAC Programs and Operations, and our work toward reopening our building in 2021.
The Cinema Arts Centre is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization. The mission of the Cinema Arts Centre is to bring the best in cinematic artistry to Long Island, and use the power of film to expand the awareness and consciousness of our community.
Special Thanks to Our Community Newsletter Sponsor:
Thanks to Our January/February Program Sponsors:
Thanks to Stuart and Ginger Polisner for their historic support of our Real-to-Reel and Creativity Series.

Thanks to Lynn & Jonah Kaufman, Brandywine Living, and Goidel Law Group for their generous support of our 2020 Making Memories Programs.

When you visit a business that supports the cinema, please let them know how much it means to you.
Major Grant Support
Burt and Stanley Shaffer Foundation
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