World Festival Update – We Need Your Support

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Dear Friends,

We at RIA are very busy organizing this year’s World Festival, the 36th!

It will be a challenging year, because our rental expenses are considerably higher than before. We still want to offer free entrance for the Saturday events. We think that families should be able to learn about our global citizens, neighbors and friends without having to spend a lot of money. We thank our sponsors very much, their contribution makes this possible.

We have some new and exciting ideas about how to make it fresh and a little different, so every year will be a new discovery for you.  Also, our Friday night show will be a great one. The committee picked some very interesting acts, Jess Abrahamson of KTTC will be our MC, and it will be a beautifully staged 90 minute show.

We hope you can be involved as participants (cultural displays, performances on Saturday, dance instruction, children’s activities etc.), volunteers in all kinds of areas (check United Way volunteer page under World Festival to sign up, or contact us), and we also would appreciate very much personal donations and donations from businesses to cover our higher costs. We are a non-profit and donations are tax deductible.

When you donate (you can do it on our website www.ria-minnesota.org or send a check to RIA, 2500 ValleyHigh Dr. NW, Rochester, MN 55901), you will be recognized in our festival program . Major sponsors are recognized on our posters (deadline January 16).

Please help us spread the word and send information out to your facebook and twitter and other social media friends.  Invite your friends and family and everybody from your mailing lists!

Thank you all for supporting the World Festival!

Herta Matteson
President, RIA