East Mt. Airy Neighbors (EMAN) may be a little more aggressive this spring in asking for money.
EMAN will partner with West Mt. Airy Neighbors (WMAN) for Mt. Airy Day scheduled for May 7, and one week later on May 14 it will host a dance party. Both events are designed as major fundraisers for the neighborhood association.
With Mt. Airy Day sponsorship levels set at $300, $500 and $1000, EMAN acknowledged last night it will be asking people to donate to both events in the same month. In addition, WMAN is also going to be seeking sponsors at the same time.
“We have to out-hustle everyone,” said EMAN board member Hertis Smithey.
While the dates are set and fast approaching, there is still a lot work ahead. The planning committee for the dance party hasn’t even met yet. EMAN is hoping the dance party is big hit. Board President Dan Muroff added, “It would be nice to see this event gain some momentum.”
Safe Streets Committee wants to return to EMAN
EMAN guest speaker Robyn Kulp made a special presentation regarding the Safe Streets Committee, an organizational offshoot of the Crime and Security Committee for EMAN.
Since its formation in 1996, the committee has, among other accomplishments, secured donations in support of two bike patrol officers who were assigned patrol of Upper East Mt. Airy.
In 2001, the Safe Streets Committee was able to gain 501 (c) 3 status, a category of non-profit classification that enabled them to continue functioning over the next decade.
After years of successful operation, the Safe Streets Committee has lost membership and support, and was unable to raise enough money to hold their annual meeting last year. Kulp is hopeful that EMAN will be able to absorb the Safe Streets Committee’s mission, and even agreed to help personally during the transition.
“We really hope that we can partner in some way as Mt. Airyans,” Kulp said.
Muroff agreed that such a group was necessary and promised that the board would look into the mechanics of the transition.