Help support young pickers at The Joe Val Festival

We received a note from Gerry Katz, with Boston Bluegrass Union, who promotes the annual Joe Val Bluegrass Festival in the Boston area. Gerry is looking for sponsors/underwriters to help them cover the costs of the children’s’ and young pickers’ educational programs that run during the festival each year. The 21st Annual Joe Val Festival will run from February 17-19, 2006 at the Sheraton Hotel in Framingham, MA.

“Education is a big part of the BBU, and the festival features a host of youth education programs including Bluegrass in the Schools, the Joe Val Kids Academy and our Teacher’s Education Workshop, all of which are provided free of charge to anyone interested in attending.”

Given the expense of running these programs without any attendance fee, Gerry and the BBU are seeking the assistance of folks in the bluegrass community who might be in a position to help underwrite these valuable educational services. Any donations would be welcome, be they of cash, merchandise, gift certificates or even instruments. They run raffles throughout the year to fund these programs, and would be eager to discuss any ways in which you might be able to lend a hand.

Businesses interested in reaching the attendees of this large indoor festival, can expect a nice plug in exchange for any in kind donations.

“In exchange for your support, we will identify your company or organization as a supporter on the festival web page, in the program book, and provide verbal acknowledgment from the Main Stage. In addition, we will distribute any product or event brochures in a high-traffic area of the festival, or display your company banner. The Boston Bluegrass Union is managed by an all-volunteer staff and is recognized as a 501(c)3 performing arts organization. This year marks our 30th anniversary as the premier bluegrass presenter in the Northeast.”

You can visit the BBU website, or contact Gerry Katz by email if you can offer some assistance.

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