Bonnaroo Works Fund Announces 2012 Donations and
Community Fundraising Totals
MANCHESTER, Tenn.—August 23, 2012—The Bonnaroo Works Fund (BWF), the charitable arm of the world-renowned Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival, acknowledged the good work of nine notable organizations across the state with donations totaling $82,000. In addition to the BWF grants made this week, Bonnaroo officials have tallied this year’s fundraising totals and report that local organizations earned more than $200,000 in commissions while assisting with festival concession booths.
According to Ashley Capps, owner of AC Entertainment and festival partner, Bonnaroo organizers created the Bonnaroo Works Fund to help make impactful contributions to the community they call home.
"We think of the whole state of Tennessee as our festival home, and we try to identify and provide funding to organizations that fit the festival's mission, those invested in supporting the arts, education, and environmental sustainability," explains Capps, whose company is based in Knoxville.
"We want to do more than just host a festival here," says Rick Farman, festival partner and owner of Superfly Presents. "We want to be a part of this statewide community and respond to its needs as best we can."
Among the recipients this year are Junior Achievement of Middle Tennessee; the Coffee County/Manchester Public Library; and the Land Trust for Tennessee, which will use the funds to protect and preserve the unique character of natural and historic landscapes in Manchester and Coffee County.
"Junior Achievement of Middle Tennessee is grateful for Bonnaroo’s commitment to education in Middle Tennessee," says Trent Klengensmith, chapter president. "If the Bonnaroo Works Fund has a mission to truly ‘change the world,’ then investing in kids to be financially literate and workforce ready is a great place to start."
Other BWF recipients included Joy of Music, a Knoxville, Tenn.-based music education program that offers free weekly lessons, instruments and music to under-served children, and the Westwood Middle School in Manchester.
"We are so grateful to the Bonnaroo Works Fund for supporting our growth, as our volunteer teachers support the growth of young musicians who have the talent, but not the means," says Francis Grafeo, Joy of Music executive director.
"Funding from the Bonnaroo Works Fund will allow us to provide an art curriculum with hands-on equipment for the first time since the mid 1990s," says visual art teacher William Pannell. "We now have an opportunity to expose our students to the visual art world at a young age, and that provides a strong creative foundation that will serve them well for the rest of their lives."
The Manchester Arts Center will use its grant from the Bonnaroo Works Fund to initiate a project in honor of long-time community leader Roger H. Dotson. Working with the Manchester Area Chamber of Commerce and the Manchester Arts Commission, the Center will work to place art in public places throughout the community.
Last fall, interested 501(c)3 organizations applied for funding through a grant process on the Bonnaroo website (http://www.bonnaroo.com/get-involved/bonnaroo-works-fund/). The East Tennessee Foundation (ETF), which administers the fund, vetted the applicants, and an independent panel of judges selected recipients based on need, mission and the specific use of funding. The BWF is sustained through annual ticket sales and has been a part of the festival's community-relations philosophy from the start.
In addition to grants from the BWF, each year festival organizers creatively engage with local community organizations by offering them the opportunity to participate in the event and raise funds to support their work. Dozens of groups provide volunteers to staff the highly popular concession booths at the festival, and Bonnaroo donates a portion of those sales to the participating organizations. This year, more than 60 local organizations—including the Coffee County Chamber of Commerce, the Lady Raider volleyball team, Coffee County Rescue Squad, the Coffee County Children's Advocacy Center, and numerous other education, arts and sports groups—raised more than $200,000 to support their activities.
"Impacting community-based organizations is a win-win undertaking," says Jeff Cuellar, director of community relations for Bonnaroo. "They are integral to the success of the festival, so we're thrilled to be able to help sustain the activities of such an array of deserving recipients."
Bonnaroo Works Fund Recipients and Grant Totals
Coffee County Manchester Public Library
Joy School of Music
Junior Achievement of Middle TN
Land Trust for Tennessee
Notes for Notes
Southern Energy Network
Westwood Middle School Visual Arts Program
Manchester Arts Center
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