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The MICA Gala Dinner and Auction (GDA) Corporate Support has grown very significantly. This past October's GDA had 42 corporate supporters (up from 41 in 2014, 38 in 2013, 36 in 2012, 26 in 2011 and 20 in 2010). Corporate support is tremendously important to our fundraising. Our private fundraising, which is over $1,000,000 since our beginnings, has been instrumental in allowing MICA to take the initiative in island acquisitions with our partners, the Province of Nova Scotia and the Municipality of the District of Lunenburg and the Municipality of the District of Chester. As a result, to date, there are 15 islands (or portions, in the case of Masons) that have been brought back into public ownership by MICA for conservation and for traditional public use.
Many of our Corporate Supporters are repeat and for that we are very appreciative. Also each year we are very
fortunate to have new Corporate Supporters, for which we are very appreciative as well.
Corporate Support of the GDA costs $1000. We selected that amount as a round number that is relatively easy to
say 'yes' to if there is resonance with the MICA Mission. As is the case, when we have a substantial number of
Corporate Supporters, the $1000s add up to a significant amount. For the contribution of $1,000 Corporate Support,
we place the company's name and logo on our web site with a link to the company's web site for the year. The company
will also be promoted at the Gala Dinner and Auction and other MICA events during the year. We do believe that the
greatest recognition is the contribution made in the creation of this legacy which benefits current and future generations.
Most of our Corporate Supporters are local or have connections to the Mahone Bay area. We target companies that have
a connection to the Mahone Bay islands, be it through their ownership, their employees, or their customers. We ask
our Corporate Supporters to promote MICA within their organization and to their employee and customer base by encouraging
MICA individual membership. Our membership goal is that anyone who enjoys our islands in any way be a MICA member.
Individual annual membership is $10, annual family membership is $20 and life membership is $200.
Should you like to become a GDA Corporate Supporter or like to know more about MICA, we would be very pleased to
speak with you. Please contact any of the following on the Corporate Support Committee.
For past and current Corporate Supporters, we offer a hearty 'thank you'. Your support is tremendously significant
in the legacy that we are creating together.
MAHONE ISLANDS CONSERVATION ASSOCIATION
Corporate Support Committee
Martin Balcome firstname.lastname@example.org
Georg Ernst gernst@GrantThornton.ca
John Meisner email@example.com
January 9, 2021
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