The CMC had a crazy but good month of October. Having the founding anniversary on Oct. 18 every year locks it into doing something special, and this year was an outdoor dinner celebration at the First Magnitude Brewing Company. Between great raffle items and a great dinner prepared by CMC volunteers and Board members, it was an event that went well and can serve as a bigger and better event model for the future.
The other major highlight was the CMC being once again a very popular acoustic venue for The Fest on Halloween weekend. In a cooperative arrangement with the Citizens Co-op, the CMC and Co-op were able to serve food and drink to the hundreds of folks who came through the doors. Thanks to all the volunteers who helped out, and it was great to hear from attendees and musicians who heaped praise on the CMC. The CMC being here in Gainesville over twenty years can lead locals to take it for granted. It is grassroots support that can keep it going, much as it has over the decades, yes, decades!
Please think about throwing some support to the CMC in this next month or two. Without major events as above recounted, it is always a struggle at the very end of the year. The new coordinators are moving into an attempt to branch out publicity and fundraising to new social media platforms. Technology has changed so much, but the need for the CMC is still there, and reminding past supporters that they are still counted on even as it reaches out through other methods is a continuous situation. Unfortunately, fundraising is still hampered by the temporary suspension of it 501(c)3, so all the more your generosity is counted on. Paypal on the website is still there on the <www.civicmediacenter.org> website, and checks are of course welcome at 433 S. Main St. Gainesville, FL 32601. D