I’m writing to thank you again for your contribution, and to let you know that we are renewing fundraising efforts for the James W. Foley University of Massachusetts Memorial Prize, following our gratifying and successful campaign last year. We had numerous donations from alumni and friends, every member of the MFA faculty contributed, and we had generous support from many members of the English department, and other departments across campus. We raised almost $15,000!—which brings us well past the halfway mark for the establishment of an endowment. Can you help us raise another $10,000 so that this important prize can be awarded in perpetuity?
Jim was a lively, honest, compassionate writer, generous to friends and strangers. We want to carry his spirit forward, keep his stories among us. This prize will help us all keep on learning from the courage of his example.
The minute fund site is now live again, with a generous initial pledge from the MFA program. We’re also hosting a benefit reading on December 11, at 7:30, downstairs at Haymarket Café in Northampton—featuring new work by Pamela Ryder, and alums Erin White and Andrea Lawlor. We’d love for you to come if you can, and we appreciate any help you can offer with spreading the word. It will be a warm and convivial evening to give a boost to an excellent cause.
Here’s the link to the event: https://www.facebook.com/haymarketcafe/photos/gm.1299860040126084/1953114691369288/?type=3
And here is the URL for the fundraising website:
We are most grateful for your generosity in the past, and hope you can pitch in again.
With all best wishes,
On behalf of the MFA program