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An art-felt thank you

When Manzanita's Hoffman Center had to cancel its fundraising garden party, organizers came up with a creative way to express appreciation to donors

When board members at Manzanita’s Hoffman Center for the Arts realized their biggest fundraiser of the year was a no-go, they did what you might expect an arts center to do — got creative.

In past years, Hoffman Center for the Arts hosted a crowd at a fundraising summer garden party. Social distancing and COVID-19 put the kibosh on this year’s event. Photo courtesy: Hoffman Center for the Arts
In past years, Hoffman Center for the Arts hosted a crowd at a fundraising summer garden party. Social distancing and COVID-19 put the kibosh on this year’s event. Photo courtesy: Hoffman Center for the Arts

Every year, the center hosts a summer party in the block-sized garden — designed by the “doyenne of dirt,” Ketzel Levine, no less — across the street from the center. The party typically raises $55,000, but with COVID-19 still raging, this year’s event had to be canceled. To make matters worse, the center’s usual programs, which raise 50 percent of its income, also had to be canceled. But there was still the mortgage to pay. Center officials reluctantly let contractors and some staff go and cut costs where they could, but the center still anticipated a budget shortfall of $50,000. What to do?

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