Inspired by the rich history of Jamie Ford’s Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, the development department invites you to explore the history of the Chinese Matchmaker: Yue Lao is the Chinese god who unites persons. As the legend goes, the matchmaker ties a red strand around two people to ensure the couple will be united—even if they were once strangers far away from each other.

Hoping to “tie a red strand” to new patrons and donors, Book-It had its very own matchmaker this year! A generous benefactor offered us a matchmaking challenge: $25,000 if we could secure $50,000 in new donations.

We are happy to report that we surpassed our goal! Thank you to all who donated; we are so encouraged by your support as we begin our 2012-13 season.

The $75,000 you helped us raise will go a long way in supporting our mainstage and education programs. Look at all Book-It can do with that amount:

• Bring a year-long arts and education residency to three low income schools
• Reach an additional 20,000 students, through tours and student matinees
• Raise the pay of our artists by up to 18%—our artists are currently making minimum wage and they continually inspire all of us with their generous dedication and hard work

We may have met this goal, but it’s never too late to join with Book-It and be a part of turning great literature into great theatre. Learn about all the ways you can support Book-It or click below to give securely online now!

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And thank you again for your generosity which made this important matchmaking goal a reality.

-Your friends at Book-It