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Great Give social hour & Brazilian music by Isabella Mendes & Flavio Lira Wed., May 4

Join us Wed., May 4, 7-9 PM for a Best Video Film & Cultural Center Great Give® social followed by a concert by the Brazilian music duo of Isabella Mendes and Flavio Lira. This event is free but we are encouraging supporters to donate to us in The Great Give® during the 8-9 PM hour.

The Bank of America Charitable Foundation is once again, generously providing a $10,000 match pool for performing and visual arts organizations in The Great Give. The Bank of America Raise the Curtain Power Hour will be May 4, from 8-9 PM. Bank of America will provide a pro-rated match based on the number of unique donors that give to qualified organizations like BVFCC during the Power Hour from 8-9 PM on May 4.

From 7-8 PM, enjoy free snacks and discount drinks and schmooze with your fellow friends of Best Video.

From 8-9 PM, enjoy superb Brazilian music by Isabella Mendes and Flavio Lira (and donate to BVFCC online in The Great Give® to help us garner a strong share of the Bank of America Raise the Curtain Power Hour matching pool).

Funds from The Great Give® in 2020 and 2021 paid for the building of the deck (as well as the regular rent, utilities, and insurance bills when the pandemic crashed our income stream)! The Great Give®, which is coordinated by the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven, is Best Video Film & Cultural Center’s most important annual fundraiser. Hundreds of wonderful cultural and social action on-profit organizations participate each year.

The marathon part of The Great Give® starts on Tuesday, May 4, at 8 AM and lasts until Wednesday, May 5, at 7:59 PM. Advance giving starts on Monday, Apr. 25.

Born in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Isabella started to study music at age four and hasn’t stopped since. She has been studying with Grammy Winner pianist Fabio Torres and Emmy Winner vocalist Michal Towber. Isabella is also a leader in education, studying at Carnegie Hall as part of the Music Educators program. She is the founder and teacher of IMMusic Studio, a private music school, where she teaches piano and voice. She is an advocate for women and diversity in the arts, and is leading workshops bringing diversity through music in schools and community events.

Brazilian native bassist, Flavio Lira is very active and eclectic, musical styles have never been a restriction for him, and since the beginning, he has performed with groups ranging from Popular Samba to Classical Chamber Music. Now in New York, Flavio Lira is able to fully employ his versatility as a musician, collaborating with different artists and performing in prestigious venues, such as Birdland and Jazz at Lincoln Center.

Thanks to our supporters for an overwhelmingly successful 2020 Great Give!

We at Best Video Film & Cultural Center wish to express our deepest appreciation to the community for the tremendous outpouring of support we received in this past week’s Great Give. The generosity of the greater New Haven community—not just towards us but to hundreds of other organizations as well—is remarkable, particularly considering the struggles so many people are having.

Between the direct donations we received through The Great Give, the $3,000 we won in prizes for having the third highest number of peer-to-peer fundraisers who raised $200 or more, the approximately $3,000 in matching funds we got from the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven and Bank of America, and the donations made directly to BVFCC through checks or our Web site, we raised more than $50,000.

That is almost double what we have raised in any previous Great Give. And we had considered those Great Gives to be successful.

Out of 398 organizations, we finished 12th in amount raised and a stunning 2nd place in number of unique individual donors. Clearly, our mission of “Bringing film, music, and people together” touches a powerful chord in a time of self-isolation and social distance.

At a time when our income stream has been drastically cut back due to the temporary closure, those funds will provide an invaluable lifeline and bridge to our return to fully serving the community that we embrace and that has embraced us in return.

Thanks to all who gave, who spread the word, who participated as fundraisers, who wished us well, and thanks also to The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven for its superb job organizing The Great Give. We look forward to hopefully seeing you soon as the state takes the initial steps to reopening. In the meantime, please stay safe.