Harmonia Sacra Folks,

Tomorrow (Wednesday, April 17) is the Great Community Give, a day where dozens of Harrisonburg-area nonprofits take contributions at a central site and compete for fun and prizes. We’re a little more low-key than that (I’d say maybe like the Harmonia Sacra singing tradition itself, which is less at home in social media and the Worldwide Web than it is in annual sings in small and large churches, and in actual homes). But we’re participating anyway, and hope you’ll consider a gift today to the Harmonia Sacra Society.

Your contributions will build an endowment for the maintenance and preservation of Joseph Funk’s house in Singers Glen, which we hope one day will become a headquarters for the promotion of Harmonia Sacra singing and a repository for Funk research materials and historical items. The house, at 215 years old, can use all of our help. The society also helps to organize about a dozen annual sings around the Shenandoah and Page valleys. We obviously do less than your singing this music does, but we think our mission is valuable.

If you can contribute today, just go to this page (https://hrgcg.givebig.org/c/HRGCG/a/50292). Our goal for the day is $1,500, and we really can get extra cash if lots of you contribute. The minimum donation is $10 and honestly, we’d be pretty happy if lots of people gave that amount. Of course, you’re welcome to give more.

We hope you will make a donation today to help preserve Harmonia Sacra singing for a long time to come.

P.S. Some of you might prefer to contribute the old-fashioned way. It won’t count in the Great Give, but we aren’t picky. If you’d rather mail a check, send it to: The Community Foundation; P.O. Box 1068; Harrisonburg, VA 22803. Put “Harmonia Sacra Society” in the memo line, but write the check to the Community Foundation. They manage our endowment funds, and it will get to the right place. And if you miss the Great Community Give (April 17), you can always contribute online here: http://www.tcfhr.org/donate-to-hssf/

Update: The official giving day is over for this year, but your contributions added up to more than $2,500! Thank you very much. Remember, you don’t need to restrict your Joseph Funk house gifts to one day of the year; see the paragraph above to contribute any time.

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