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Gifts In Memory Of/In Honor Of

I’ve just finished the absorbing and humbling exercise of editing the list of 2012 Donors to CDSS.  You can see the full list here.   Its impressive amplitude is a testament both to the generosity of our supporters and to the depth of feeling that traditional dance, music, and song evoke in those who participate and in the communities they form.

I was particularly struck this year by the number of gifts made in memory of or in honor of someone special.  Interspersed in the full list, you’ll see the names of leading lights of traditional dance, music, and song – some long gone, some recently departed.  A gift in their memory speaks of a wish to honor their contributions, and in many cases reflects a cherished personal history between the donor and the honoree.

Others have shined a light on leaders and communities who matter to them now, today, with a gift in their honor.  And many of you made gifts to honor friends and family members who left us this past year.  Making such a gift is a way of doing something positive and forward-looking in a time of grief and loss.  It is also a public gesture of love to bereft families and friends that says, “I remember, and I will long remember.”


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Categories: Membership & Development, Updates from the Office | Tags: , , , , + 4 Comments »


  1. Posted February 22, 2013 at 10:58 am | Permalink

    Honor the tradition, share the legacy. That’s how we do.

    • Robin Hayden
      Posted February 22, 2013 at 11:02 am | Permalink

      As no one knows better than you, Dr. Smith. Thank you.

  2. Robin Hayden
    Posted February 22, 2013 at 11:10 am | Permalink

    Erratum: Ann Pearce has alerted me to a misspelling in my list. Apologies to Lucy Spahr-Blazej for misspelling Rich Blazej’s name, and thanks again for your generosity.

  3. pat petersen
    Posted February 22, 2013 at 3:35 pm | Permalink

    What a very special way to give! I’m so impressed with everyone’s thoughtfulness and generosity.

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