Members and Friends of Manasota ASALH,
As you know, the 2021 Randy Rankin Scholarship Classic has been cancelled due to the Covid-19 Pandemic. Two key factors drove the Board’s decision. First, we were determined to follow the Centers for Disease Control guidance. While we expect that guidance to change as more Americans are vaccinated, we do not expect it to change in time for us to hold an indoor event with one hundred or more people. Second, we also sought the opinions of many of you and the consensus of opinion was to cancel for this year.
Despite the disappointment of cancelling Randy Rankin, we are committed to our Scholarship program. Our Scholarship Committee, ably led by Harriet Cowan, has been working diligently to select another group of outstanding scholars. The Committee is understandably concerned about the cancellation of our Scholarship Classic, the profits from which would have been used to supplement our existing budget. While I share that concern, I have been steadfast in my assurance to the Committee that our Manasota ASALH membership, and our friends, would close any gap caused by the cancellation.
We are inviting you to join our “Closing the Gap” Campaign. For those of you accustomed to attending Randy Rankin, donate what you would have otherwise spent, or more. For everyone else, please see our recommendations below. The campaign begins today and will run through April 30, 2021. You can make your contribution online just By clicking the Closing the Gap Donation button.
Let me conclude with a “thank you” to those of you who are able to join us in this campaign. Let me also assure you that the lessons of 2020 have not been lost on your Board. Board member, Frederic White, has assembled a fundraising committee that is building a funding plan for our Scholarship Program, and for the operational needs of Manasota ASALH, in the future.
David G. Wilkins
Donate by mail:
Click here to download form, fill it out, print it and mail it to address that is provided on the form.
OR click the Closing the Gap Online Donation button below.
Yes! I will support our Manasota ASALH Scholarship program by contributing to our “Closing the Gap” campaign.
Friends: $10 to $49
Supporters: $50 to $99
Advisors: $100 to $199
Counselors: $200 to $499
Mentors: $500 and more
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