Nieva Strong’s Kirov Ballet Summer Intensive Fund

Update posted by Aliselina Strong On Mar 08, 2015

We are now in the last weekbefore the tuition deadline!


After this, things slow down some while we save for airfare, supplies, and general travel expenses. For these things, we are saving a few dollars at a time with candy and coffee sales, and the now-traditional early summer yard sale.


To everyone who has so generously contributed to make this amazing opportunity a reality for Nieva – thank you so very much. For those of you who may still wish to contribute to the tuition fund, this is your week! Remeber - every dollar counts.


We are beyond humbled by the astounding response from friends and family far and wide. Everyone should be this fortunate in their friends.

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Update posted by Aliselina Strong On Feb 25, 2015

Busy has been the buzzword of the past few weeks, when suddenly I realized that tuition is due in just TWENTY DAYS! We are in the home stretch of the first and most daunting leg, friends. After this, airfare and supplies expenses should be much easier to amass.


The Valentine's Day baskets from Twig & Bloom, LLC were a big hit, thanks to Stacey's brilliant and creative touches. Stay tuned for possible themed ideas going forward. 


Again, and we cannot say it enough, so many heartfelt thanks to everyone who has contributed. What has been especially fun as been the re-connecting with old friends and the making of some surprising new ones.


Thank you, everyone, for being in our lives. We are very fortunate.

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Update posted by Aliselina Strong On Feb 08, 2015

The fundraising has been going for two weeks now, with staggering amounts of support from so many people, in so many formats! We cannot begin to adequately express how grateful we are.

This website has made it easy for some friends, near and far, to donate to their means. Still others have sent checks. A well-stocked snack basket in my office brings in a few dollars each day, while giving my hard working co-workers a tasty midday treat. And the orders for JoCoffee have begun to come in. Best of all are the people taking a moment to send Nieva an e-mail – the kind words and well wishes are priceless.

This week brings the opportunity to get a special gift for your valentine, created by Twig & Bloom, LLC, while both supporting a local business and contributing to help get Nieva to Washington D.C.

A delightful additional outcome of this campaign is reconnecting with people with whom I have not been in contact for some time. It has been fun catching up with people, and learning where their lives have taken them. And it is putting is very sharp relief how blessed and fortunate we are to have such fabulous people in our lives.

While we do find the unseasonably warm weather disconcerting, we may as well enjoy it while it is here! Have a great week, everyone!

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Update posted by Aliselina Strong On Feb 02, 2015

We have had this fundraising site up for one week, and only added the Jo Coffee Fundraiser mid-week, and we are profoundly grateful at the tremendous initial outpouring of support!


We have a few other exciting things coming down the pike very soon! Look for information on giving your Valentine a very special unique gift created by Twig & Bloom, LLC. Also coming are referrals for home computer & laptop repair and maintenance. Both of these feature local businesses generously contributing their time and expertise to help raise funds towards Nieva’s opportunity to study at the Kirov Academy of Ballet.


Last update for this week is that Nieva will be submitting an essay for the Optimists International Essay Contest this week!


Welcome to February, everyone - Have a glorious week!

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Good luck Nieva!

Lawrence E Bray

Backed with $200.00 On Mar 11, 2015


Rita and Bill Pittenger

Backed with $20.00 On Mar 10, 2015


Amy Lydolph

Backed with $50.00 On Feb 26, 2015


Good luck! Your summer sounds very exciting.

Tim & Kelli Hall

Backed On Feb 19, 2015 Amount Hidden


Congrats and best wishes!

Kyle+Kimberly McIntyre

Backed with $25.00 On Feb 10, 2015


Congratulations, Nieva! Best wishes throughout the intensive!

Renee Erb

Backed On Feb 09, 2015 Amount Hidden


Lucy Richards

Backed On Feb 07, 2015 Amount Hidden


If youth is wasted on the young, resources are wasted on old people with stupid lawns and junk.


Backed with $200.00 On Feb 06, 2015


So many congratulations, Nieva! I know you'll be awesome!


Backed with $50.00 On Feb 05, 2015


Mary Sexton

Backed with $50.00 On Feb 03, 2015

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