Friday, August 8, 2008

Ketch’em Alive lives

You may have noticed some fundraising going on at the last few Ketch'em Alive concerts and we wanted to make sure everyone knows the straight story of why we are doing this. No, Ketch'em Alive is not going away, in fact, it has become one of the valley's most popular and beloved events over the last ten years and we fully support it continuing to provide a unique and spirited summer social music experience for all ages.

The fact is that this event costs about $22,000 to put on each summer and the SVKCVB, as part of its contract for services marketing program through the City of Ketchum, has been covering $15,000 of that cost with the additional $6,000 being raised from business sponsors and vendors.

We all know that times are tough and budgets tight so while we are going to have to cut back that contribution a bit, we are hoping that we can keep the same schedule and quality of music for Ketch'em Alive next summer by making up the difference through donations from those who want to support this great event. Already, just by putting out a donation jar at the event the past two weeks, and from the receipt of several checks from generous Ketch'em Alive fans, almost $1000 has been raised.

Everyone in the community gets such great benefit from this event each week and we are pleased that so many are more than happy to throw a few (or many) dollars in to keep it growing strong. For those wishing to make larger, tax-deductible donations, we are also happy to accept checks.

Carol Waller

Executive Director, Ketchum Convention and Visitors Bureau

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