Benefit raises funds for LGBTQ+ circus artists

BRATTLEBORO — A note of heartfelt thanks for everyone's support on May 6 for the Queer Circus Arts Scholarship Benefit and Performance co-presented by Frog Meadow Farm and New England Center for Circus Arts. This truly fabulous cause benefits LGBTQ+ Circus Students studying professionally and playing recreationally of all ages and backgrounds at NECCA.

At Frog Meadow Farm, we are grateful and humbled that what we started on a lark as a pre–Circus Show social dinner with a few friends and guests seven years ago has morphed into a wonderful evening with nearly 100 LGBTQ+ and allies in attendance who raised over $10,000 to support circus arts education.

Thanks for the kind words of support and encouragement from all who joined us and to the team that made the night such a success.

Over the last year, NECCA has awarded $9,500 in scholarships to more than 25 deserving queer youth, teen and adult students in both the recreational and ProTrack programs, each ranging from $75 to $1,500. Without this support, students would not be able to experience the joy of circus, and ProTrack students would not be able to complete their professional education. It's all because of supporters like you!

We have a 50 percent match fund challenge that is still in place through Wednesday, June 15, so every dollar donated to NECCA's LGBTQ+ Scholarship Fund becomes $1.50! If you have not donated already, there's still time to help support an organization that does so much to affirm, sustain and nourish our LGBTQ+ community. Visit bit.ly/667-necca-lgbtq to donate.

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