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Galveston Ballet
News Release
Monday, December 01, 2008

Galveston Ballet Receives Grant from Target for Dance in Schools 

Galveston Target store Manager Robert Moore presents a $3,000 store grant check to Galveston Ballet principle dancer Kate Kislingbury.  Target along with The Kempner Fund is a  sponsor of Galveston Ballet's Dance in Schools program.Galveston — Galveston Ballet today announced a partnership with Target® in recognition of its efforts to provide an entertaining and educational in-school fine arts program and a live ballet theater experience to elementary students in GISD.  Galveston Ballet’s in-school program of lecture, demonstration, and hands on activities will provide Galveston public school students with the opportunity to learn and experience the history and beauty of ballet.  As part of Dance in Schools, Galveston Ballet will present a free children’s matinee at the 1894 Grand Opera House.
 
“This $3,000 grant comes at a time when our public school children need a little beauty in their lives and our dancers need a positive focus,” said Julia Furlong, president, Galveston ballet’s board of directors.  "When Galveston Ballet’s studio flooded with over 8 feet of water during Hurricane Ike, most everything we owned was destroyed.  The children in our schools and our dancers have lost their homes and belongings.  The December 12 date for the in-school portion of our Dance in Schools program gives us the opportunity to bring a little Nutcracker familiarity and holiday fun into the lives of our young people.  Galveston Ballet dancers learn early that when they fall they need to get up, smile, stay focused, and keep dancing, a lesson that is applicable to many other areas of our lives.  We are extremely grateful for Target and their gift to Galveston Ballet and the children of Galveston.”  
  
This grant is part of ongoing efforts by Target to strengthen families and
communities throughout the country. Since opening its doors, Target has given 5 percent of its income to organizations that support education, the arts, social services and volunteerism. Today that translates to more than $3 million every week. 
 
“At Target, our local grants are making a difference in the communities we serve,” said Laysha Ward, vice president, community relations, Target. “We’re proud to partner with Galveston Ballet as part of our ongoing commitment to give back to the communities where our guests and team members live and work.”

Additionally, Target gives through signature programs that are designed to
inspire learning in children and families. Programs include:

  • Take Charge of Education®, a school fundraising program;
  • Target Field Trip Grants, a program that helps educators bring learning to life
    for students through the distribution of grants;
  • Ready.Sit.Read!, a program dedicated to fostering a lifelong love of reading in children at an early age;
  • Target House®, which serves as a home away from home for families of children
    receiving life-saving treatment at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® in
    Memphis;
  • Target Volunteers, a program where Target team members and retirees annually
    donate more than 350,000 hours of time to more than 7,500 community-
    based projects 

About Galveston Ballet
 
Galveston Ballet is the official ballet company of Galveston.  It is a pre-professional ballet company and academy offering a full range of instruction in classical ballet.  We serve GalvestonCounty residents, ages three through adult with a variety of cultural and economic backgrounds.
 
The mission of Galveston Ballet is two-fold:  1) to offer the young people of Galveston County the opportunity to participate in a learning company where they can experience the discipline and beauty of ballet and develop their skills and talents in this domain; 2) to enrich the cultural life of the entire community by presenting performances of great classical and contemporary works each year. Galveston Ballet strives to be in a financial position where no child wanting to dance will be turned away.
 
 
About Target
Minneapolis-based Target serves guests at more than 1,600 stores in 47 states nationwide by delivering today’s best retail trends at affordable prices. Target is committed to providing guests with great design through innovative products, in-store experiences and community partnerships. Whether visiting a Target store or shopping online at Target.com, guests enjoy a fun and convenient shopping experience with access to thousands of unique and highly differentiated items. Target (NYSE:TGT) gives more than $3 million a week to its local communities through grants and special programs.
Since opening its first store in 1962, Target has partnered with nonprofit organizations, guests and team members to help meet community needs.




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