The Troy Strawberry Festival serves as a fund raiser for local civic organizations, but it can not succeed without the gracious sponsorship of local businesses. In these difficult economic times, securing sponsors is challenging. Sabra Johnson, the Festival Manager does a great job working with local companies. As is the case each year, the General Chairman is asked to write a letter to the sponsors. I feel pretty good about the following – but there’s always room for improvement.
It is both my honor and privilege to serve as the 2010 Troy Strawberry Festival General Chairman. This year’s theme is “Volunteers, Changing the World”. It embodies my belief that communities here and around the world are made better through the efforts of volunteers.
One of my favorite parables, “Stone Soup”, communicates the message best. Visitors to a struggling village suggest they will make a simple soup from stones for everyone. The visitors slowly build support from the community to bring small donations forward until finally, everyone is fed. The lesson of the parable is simply that the community is made stronger through individuals volunteering their time and resources.
Troy and the surrounding communities understand this lesson well. For 33 years, local volunteers have come together to fulfill the festival mission to entertain visitors while providing fund raising opportunity for the local clubs and organizations. These organizations in turn support our community, helping to sustain a strong economic climate for local businesses.
Your generous sponsorship makes all of this possible. Without it, our volunteers could not host festival events and visitors would not spend generously. Your sponsorship of festival events provides the seed from which the Troy Strawberry Festival and community grows. Please consider sponsoring the festival to help build a strong community.
2010 TSF General Chairman