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O'Hare Boosters

  1. 1. April 2013
  2. 2. To promote Irish culture and tradition through Irish dancing and to assist all dancers and families of the O’Hare School of Irish Dance in Ohio with the related costs.
  3. 3.  Cathy McKee – President  Dave Cardy- 2nd VP, Grants  Lisa Barry– 2nd VP, Advertising  Jennifer Dunn– 2nd VP, Advertising  Joanne Hughes– Secretary  Maureen Vastagh – Treasurer  Julie Salomone – Membership  Pauline Tomechko– Newsletter Editor
  4. 4.  O’Hare School of Irish Dance began instruction in 1984 by opening a school in Ohio  To date, we have four locations: Akron, Cleveland, Medina and Canton  Teachers include  Tim O’Hare, TCRG  Eileen O’Kennedy-Dunlap, TCRG  Michael Holland  Amanda White
  5. 5. The Booster Club…  Arranges fundraisers for the dancers  Supports regional dance competitions  Organizes seminars on dance-related topics  Participates in community service  Advises on general issues relating to Irish dancing and the O’Hare School  Provides school costumes for rent
  6. 6.  Rhythm of Ireland  Evening event consisting of dinner, silent auction, Irish Dancing and music  Promotes Irish culture  Collaboration with other local Irish performing art talents  5K Run – New in 2013  Will engage our dancers to help with supporting those that wish to participate  Encourages healthy activity  World Qualifiers Benefits  Danced at local restaurants (Akron Barley House) to raise money for dancers attending Worlds Competition
  7. 7.  Feis - a traditional Gaelic arts and culture festival. The plural form is feisanna. The term "feis" is commonly used referring to Irish dance competitions.  As a collaboration between Northeast Ohio dance schools, our Booster Club supports the North Coast Feis by sponsoring and managing a stage at the competition  Assists with maintaining schedule
  8. 8.  Provided healthy eating and exercise seminar to dancers and their parents  Invited a Physical Therapist to visit with dancers  Instructed on appropriate stretching and muscle building  Team building camps
  9. 9.  Dancers perform at community locations and functions  Nursing homes, schools, local festivals  Dancers provide interactive sessions with audience  Booster club staffs a booth at festivals, providing fun activities and Irish food
  10. 10.  Community based performances in the Akron/Summit county area  First Night in Akron  Festival of Nations at Civic Center  Inaugural 2012 Global Village Festival at Lock 3  Cuyahoga Falls Irish Festival  Assisted Living and Nursing Homes Performances      Mulberry Gardens, Munroe Falls Chambrel, Montrose Pleasant Point, Barberton Cardinal Retirement Village, Cuyahoga Falls Summit Villa Care Nursing Home, Tallmadge  Other Performances or Appearances  FunFest - Queen of Heaven Church, Green  Revere High school Student Art Show (upcoming in May)  Akron Aeros games  City of Akron St. Patrick’s Day Parade
  11. 11.  Performed with Tuscarawas Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra  Danced in collaboration with Apollo's Fire performance
  12. 12.  Booster Club holds informational meetings each year for new members  Introduction to Irish dancing  Provides guidance on topics  Assists with the production of a parent handbook
  13. 13.  School Dresses  The Booster Club provides families with a rental option for school dresses  This affords families less overall cost to participate in the art  Solo Dresses  Individual costume required for competition  Advanced dancers purchase at their own cost (~$1000$2500)  Not washable
  14. 14.  Current Costumes  Black leotards with sashes, tights and skirts  White shamrock t-shirts and green skirts  New Costumes  Seven style variances  Created with different “stretch” materials and enhancements such as crystals, sequins, etc.  Will be created to fit as many dancers as possible  Will be made as “small”, “medium” and “large” - rather than fitted specifically to a dancer
  15. 15.  Requesting funds for materials to create approximately 170 costumes  Our volunteers have designed and can produce new show     costumes that will promote our Irish culture Saves dancers costs Adds visual appeal; more colorful appearance for various venues and backgrounds Costumes can be used by many and for years to come Washable, sustainable