Lawrence J. Hill
USITT @ 50 Chair
Recently, a comment was made that the Institute had
not employed patriotic appeals to build the principal being developed
for major awards and recognitions. Apologies to all for the lack of bunting,
fireworks, or a WAVE file of Sousa’s Stars and Stripes in the nearly
five years we have appealed to members and friends for donations.
closely at the image in the snow globe! Look closely
and realize that the image of the 18th president of the United
States serves as a gentle patriotic reminder of the special
appeal, Fifty Dollars for Fifty Years, in this last year of the campaign.
A gift of $50 will receive a 50 percent match approved by the Board of
Directors. A $50 gift means $75 will be added to the principal of one
of the following four funds: Samuel H. Scripps for international activities;
Edward F. Kook for research; New Century for student activities;
and the USITT fund for the organization’s
So, philanthropic reader, whose visage is found on
a $50 bill? “Grant” us
the sensibility of staying with the $50 motif.
As sure as there are little
red bottles, those members who forward the appropriate images
of Washington, Lincoln, Hamilton, or Jefferson (or checks or credit card
donations in similar amounts) in support of our efforts will have the
same 50 percent match.
There is also a “taxing” consideration during December
of each year – the rules about annual year-end giving put forth
by the Internal Revenue Service may increase the incentive for answering
the Fifty Dollars for Fifty Years appeal.
There could be bunting, fireworks, and
loud music. This year the image of Ulysses S. Grant is a
great reminder of the importance of 50 in USITT’s world.
There are three easy ways to give. Just
check off a box on the membership renewal form (paper or
online), when registering for the USITT Annual Conference & Stage
Expo, or by visiting the secure online
can select the fund or funds they wish to support, list the
amount (USITT will automatically make a 50 percent match),
and fill in the details.