Over $16,500 has been raised in donations for the Art League of Long Island, but the organization is still about two-thirds of the way towards meeting its goal of $25,000.
With its current Signature Matching Gift Campaign, the Dix Hills-based not-for-profit is seeking funds to upgrade its facility that houses nine art studios and a bi-level atrium style gallery by improving and renovating some structural and programmatic needs.
“This is a golden opportunity for the Art League of Long Island to do some of the necessary repairs needed at our building after being here for 16 years,” Charlee Miller, executive director, said. “Now more than ever does the art league need the support from its business partners, sponsors and the community.”
The fundraising event raised more than half of its desired funds before July 15 – its original deadline. However, the campaign has ben extended until the end of the month in hopes to raise that extra bit of money.
But what is helping the most are the donations from the Art League’s Board President, Harlan Fischer and his wife Olivia, who offered to match each donation up to a maximum of $25,000.
“We’re very grateful for Harlan and his wife,” Miller said. “Their matching donations are tremendous for the Art League.”
Based in Smithtown, the Fischers are known for their community involvement. In addition to serving as the league’s board president, the couple has also supported art scholarships for Smithtown High School and has donated funds to various neighborhood causes.
The Art League of Long Island was established in 1955 and is dedicated to broad-based visual arts education that provides a forum and showcase for artists of all ages and ability levels. The facility offers collaborative events and outreach programs to community members and the $25,000 it is striving to reach will help “keep up with the times.”
Those interested in donating money (and having it matched by the board president) can do so online or call Bobbi Janowitz at 631-462-5400 x227.