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Donations Aid Annual Festival’s Coffers

Mayfest, Inc. has announced financial donations totaling $100,000, contribution made from two local foundations in support of the Mayfest festival.

The two donations, each in the amount of $50,000, were received from the Amon G. Carter Foundation and the Sid Richardson Foundation.

“Mayfest feels very blessed and honored to be so supported by the Fort Worth community,” said Elizabeth Basham, executive director for Mayfest, Inc. “This festival is a much beloved tradition for generations of Fort Worth families. This generous support shows us once again that the community feels Mayfest is vital and wants it to continue.”

“In these tough economic times, this support is monumental, and we are very humbled by it,” Basham said. With the receipt of this $100,000, the grant total now equals $145,500 – an amount previously unprecedented at this time of year for Mayfest.

The contributions are especially important since Mayfest 2009 was canceled, as a precaution against the H1N1 virus, by the City of Fort Worth just three hours before it was scheduled to open. Mayfest would have celebrated its 37th year along the banks of the Trinity River.

The last-minute cancellation resulted in unprecedented financial losses, threatening the survival of the community festival. But Mayfest, Inc. eventually announced that plans were underway for the festival to return in 2010 on April 29th – May 2nd. Even so, substantial fundraising was needed to replenish the operating reserve fund depleted after the forced closing. Fundraising and the support of many Mayfest vendors who canceled or drastically reduced their invoices, that allows the event to return in 2010.

“In these tough economic times, this support is monumental and we are very humbled by it,” Basham said.

Mayfest, presented by Mayfest, Inc., is Fort Worth’s oldest family festival that usually attracts more than 200,000 people during its four-day run. Over 3,000 volunteers contribute to the fest that spreads over 33 acres in Trinity Park. All profits from Mayfest, $5.8 million to date, are distributed to its founding partners that support the greater Fort Worth area through the beautification of the Trinity River, development of local parks and management of various community programs.

Donations to MAYFEST may be sent to the Mayfest, Inc. office located at 255 Bailey Ave., Fort Worth, TX 76107 or online at www.mayfest.org. Mayfest, Inc. is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization.

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