Dear Mandarins Alumni, Families and Fandarins,
The Mandarins are about to make the most strategic investment in our 55+ year history. We are looking to purchase a building that will be called the “Mandarins Music Center.” We have an opportunity for you to recognize what the Mandarins has done for you personally and for what we can do for generations to come. We are seeking your donations immediately to help toward the down payment of this purchase.
The new Mandarins Music Center will become the first-ever, permanent home for the Mandarins. The vision is for this building to be the Mandarins Corps Hall, Bingo Center, Warehouse, Music Academy, event center and rehearsal facility – all in one place! Today we operate from a PO Box, home offices/bedrooms, spare garage spaces, a warehouse, a bingo hall, a separate storage space and have no Mandarins phone number or physical address.
In just the recent past, we have transformed from a respected drum corps serving 60 kids to become a recognized World Class DCI Finalist Corps, placing 10th in the World! We are also one of the region’s most visible performing arts non-profit organizations, offering a wide-span of programs that serve over 1000 kids per year. Our Mandarins Music Center will provide us with the foundation to propel us well into the future.
Why now? We have a sense of urgency because our lease is expiring in less than a year on our current Mandarins Bingo Hall. One option is to renew our lease and pay an exorbitant amount to a landlord where we end up with nothing. BUT we have the perfect opportunity to save a significant amount of money by paying much less for a mortgage than our current rent. AND our money will go toward purchasing our own building and creating a permanent home for the Mandarins. Just like many of you have realized, owning a home provides many advantages over renting one. The same holds true for the Mandarins.
Our challenge is to raise $100,000 in donations by the end of this year. We know that this is an audacious goal. We also believe that this is an opportunity for you to give back to the Mandarins Family that has so positively impacted your life. Any donation of any size will be gladly accepted. And for donations of $1,000 or more, we will permanently recognize your contribution with an engraved brick in the wall. This is also the perfect opportunity to designate your donation in memorial to a special loved one. All donations are tax deductible and can be simply made by clicking here.
As always, thank you for your support for the Mandarins today and into the future!
Mandarins Alum ’79, ’80, ’81