April 23, 2021
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Special Thanks to Cinema Volunteers!
During National Volunteer Week

We wanted to take a moment during National Volunteer Week to share a special thanks to the many Cinema Arts Centre volunteers who make a wide range of deeply meaningful contributions to the Cinema Arts Centre.

Our Board of Directors has been working double time during our temporary shutdown, adding their time, talent, and treasure to all of our efforts during this critical time. Board members have contributed to the Cinema's original virtual programming, have helped lead our vital fundraising efforts, have dedicated many hours to our renovation and reopening plans, and so much more. As we draw closer to having a clear reopening date, we are so grateful to our dedicated Board members who work so hard every day to make sure we are still here.

Over the past 13 months, our Circle of Friends volunteers have made over 1,000 phone calls to Cinema Arts Centre members. Volunteers have made wellness calls to members at risk for being isolated. Volunteers have called members to make sure they know how to access our virtual programs and how to ask for assistance. And volunteers have made many calls to our members and donors to thank you for the generous support you have given through membership and donations during this time that has been challenging for all of us. Circle of Friends also helped plan and promote our Awards Season Fundraiser, which culminates this Sunday at our Academy Awards Watch Party. We are incredibly lucky to have a group of volunteers as close to us as our Circle of Friends.

Last year, event volunteers, including members of our Youth Advisory Board, helped with traffic management at our two drive-in movie presentations. One of our presentations was a free thank-you event for our Circle of Friends where we awarded The Dr. Frank B. Siegel Memorial Service Award to volunteer Jessica Ley. Previous recipients include Peggy Hendrix, and Dr. Joan Penrose-Borum.

Former Board Member and renowned artist Isabel Pavao has taken on a wonderful project, contributing her great talent to create an art installation from the seat plaques that were removed from our old seats. We are finishing work in our theaters before we install our brand new seats (and brand new seat plaques.) Plaques from the old seats will have a home in our lobby, incorporated into a lasting piece of artwork in our lobby. We are so excited to keep you updated on this work, and so grateful to Isabel.

And we so miss all the volunteers who would come to our Sky Room Cafe and our physical office to stuff envelopes, do data entry, and all kinds of tasks that must get done. Our volunteers help us keep our overhead costs down so that the bulk of our funds are spent directly on programs for our community.

Thanks again to all our volunteers. You make our programs possible today. You made our programs possible yesterday. You make our programs possible tomorrow. And you help make us a community. That's a wonderful thing!
There's still time to sign up!
Hang out with us on Oscar Night!

Planning to watch the Oscars? Join our Watch Party as a companion event. It's free to join the party. Bingo cards are $5. Enter our Ballot contest for $10. We will have trivia, fun facts, and more. We miss you. Let's hang out.

Check out all the details HERE.
Register for the Oscar Night Watch Party HERE.

Awards Season Quick Links:
We Are Getting Close,
But We Need You...

Thanks to our amazing community, more than a year later, we are still here! And we are so close to that "light at the end of the tunnel" we have all been talking about.

Thanks to generous grant support, and gifts large and small from thousands of Cinema Arts Centre members and friends, we have been able to present virtual programs since March 2020, and are well on our way to completing important renovations in our building, like upgrading our ventilation system, replacing our seats and carpets, and making other safety enhancements.

While we can't yet predict our reopening date and understand that circumstances may change, we are excited about all of the progress toward reopening and are preparing to reopen this summer!

Vital funding from the Small Business Administration through the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant should be coming soon. We can envision our cleaner and more comfortable theaters open to the public, our staff at the Box Office ready to greet you, and you walking through our doors once again. It's going to happen!

But we are not quite there. Your gift today of any amount will help to make sure we get there. If everyone who opens this email contributes $25, that will help us with reopening costs as we work toward securing government relief funding.

Make a $25 RAFFLE contribution this weekend to be automatically entered in a drawing for great prizes. Or make a gift of any amount HERE. Or contact rene@cinemaartscentre.org for more information and more ways to give.

Thank you for being part of our community. We appreciate you so much and we can't wait to see you again.
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 April 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.

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Major Grant Support
Burt and Stanley Shaffer Foundation
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