As a result of the overwhelming local demand for tickets to the May 26th Greenwich Town Party at Roger Sherman Baldwin Park, event organizers have obtained approval from Greenwich Police and the Harbor Master to broadcast the festival and performances to boaters in Indian Harbor. The cost of the added audio-visual equipment, including a 16’ x 10’ high-definition screen viewable from 120-degrees and up to 500' away in a normal daytime setting, will be paid for with additional contributions by donors specifically for this purpose and is an effort to accommodate more people who want to participate in the sold out event.
“Last year, several boaters enjoyed the music harborside, but could not see what was happening on the stage,” said a Greenwich Town Party spokesperson. “Broadcasting to boaters in Indian Harbor will enable more people in town to enjoy the festivities.” Organizers have also been exploring other ways of broadening access for this year’s event as well as for future possible Greenwich Town Party community celebrations.
Greenwich Town Party organizers also report that they are pleased with how the town has embraced this event celebrating community spirit and mutual generosity. “Many people in the community have shown their enthusiasm about the event through donations and contributions,” says the Greenwich Town Party spokesperson. “This form of support is in essence the community’s way of voting for the Greenwich Town Party event to continue in the future”.
Ticket prices for the Greenwich Town Party are intentionally heavily subsidized to make sure that the event is very affordable to all members of the community; in fact, 75% of the event is actually funded by supporters within the community. In an effort to make this event sustainable now and in the future, Greenwich resident and event founder Ray Dalio has made a recent pledge to match all donations made to the Greenwich Town Party, a nonprofit organization. This would pay for half of the locally funded 75% subsidy if others in the town contribute towards the other half.
According to event organizers, “The broadening of financial and organizational support for the Greenwich Town Party is important for both the spirit of the event and for its future. The Greenwich Town Party would appreciate it if members of the community who like the event would ‘throw something in the pot’”. There are three levels of supporters for the Greenwich Town Party. “Fans” are those who contribute $100 or more and have the first opportunity to purchase 2013 tickets; “Founders” commit to $5000 each year for three years and receive 6 Sponsor tickets each year; and “Rock Stars” commit to $25,000 or more each year for three years and receive 10 Sponsor tickets each year. In addition to these three supporter levels, every person who donates $10 or more will receive advance ticketing notifications for future Greenwich Town Party events.
Donations can be made online at www.GreenwichTownParty.com and sponsorship inquiries should be directed to Diane Generous at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Greenwich Town Party is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization and donations and sponsorships may be eligible for a tax deduction.*
Boaters who plan on attending the Greenwich Town Party harborside should take note of the tides on May 26th—currently estimated to be low tide at 9:34am and 9:56pm with high tide at 3:45pm.
* Approval of the Greenwich Town Party Inc.’s IRS Application for tax-exempt status as a §501(c)(3) public charity is pending; please consult your tax advisor for what specific tax benefits may be available to you.