Sunday, December 12, 2010

Merry Christmas and a happy Holiday Season

We would like to wish each and every one of you a very Merry Christmas and most joyous Holiday Season, and best wishes for the coming year.  May your family prosper and your hearts be filled with love.  We are deeply grateful for your support, generosity, and your commitment to the Carpatho-Rusyn Society.

This year has been very busy for us at the Cultural Center.  We were able to resolve borough tax issues by meeting with Munhall officials and explaining the mission of the C-RS.  They waived our outstanding interest fees, saving us close to $3,000.  We were able to work with Allegheny County to reduce the lien on our center from over $7,000 to a little over $2,000.  The Steel Valley Board waived the interest on our outstanding taxes by over $11,000.  We are happy to report to you that on April 6, 2010, all our inherited back taxes were paid off.  

We have begun hosting events, exhibits, and activities.  The sing-along program was well-attended and we are hoping to continue with this program again in the spring.  Also, the first ever dance (zabava) a our center was a real success.   A presentation about the oldest Rusyn parish in western Pennsylvania, St. Nicholas Church in Duquesne, PA was very well received.    We have begun painstakingly cataloging donated items and purchasing archival materials to store those items.

We continue making improvement to the center.  The heavy snow in the winter caused major water damage that we repaired.  We  purchased new tables and chairs and started waterproofing the basement and we now have enough funds to have a handicapped access ramp installed.

None of this would have been possible without your generous support, encouragement, commitment, and dedication of our Board of Directors.

Thank you very much.

Written by:  Maryann Sivak,

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