Mary McDonnell’s birthday is coming up on April 28, and as we’ve done for the last several years, we’ll be holding a fundraiser in her honor. We had a charity in mind but per Mary’s request, we’ll be asking for donations to two new organizations instead.
The Sinte Gleska University is a college located on on an Indian reservation in South Dakota dedicated to “reenforcing our foundation for the people to go forward in the Lakota way.” Mary, along with several of her co-stars, was honored by the university and inducted into the Sioux Tribal Nation for their depiction of the Lakota people in the film Dances With Wolves.
The Everett Company Stage School is a multidisciplinary arts school located in Providence, Rhode Island dedicated to creating original works using dance, theater, and video. They emphasize collaboration and leadership development, and work to instill these values in their students while allowing them to explore the arts in meaningful ways.
Last year, fans came together and raised nearly $2000 for the Lyme Disease Association in Mary’s honor. This year, we’re excited to be supporting these two outstanding schools, and hope to get as many fans involved as possible.
To participate, we ask that you make a donation to one or both schools and email your donation amount(s) to Mary Stanton at firstname.lastname@example.org to be counted in the final tally, which will be sent to Mary along with a list of donors. Donations of any amount are welcome and very much appreciated by the schools, the Mary Cares team, and Mary McDonnell. Any further questions, comments, or concerns can be sent to Mary Stanton or to Avery Friend at email@example.com, or directed to one of the pages linked below.
Anyone who makes a donation will be automatically entered into a drawing to win a hand signed promotional photo of Mary and her Battlestar Galactica co-star Edward James Olmos.
The deadline for making a donation is May 1. Keep an eye on this page (or any of the others linked below) for reminders and updates. And please, if you’re interested in being involved, spread the word to anyone you think might be interested in participating! Feel free to use the fantastic promotional banner (courtesy of Sandra Favela) for promotional purposes.
Thanks to all of you who have made the past fundraisers so successful, and to those of you interested in participating for the first time. We’re glad to have you on board, and grateful that Mary has such loyal and dedicated fans! This fundraiser works best when we all spread the word about it. So, the best way you can help is by 1.) saving up to contribute or give whatever amount you can, and 2.) Spread The Word. Don’t limit yourself to social media. Do something in your community, get your family involved, etc. Tell anyone and everyone who likes Mary and let them know what we are doing.
To learn more about the schools and to donate, visit:
For more information and updates about the fundraiser, follow:
Mary McDonnell Cares on Facebook
The Official Mary McDonnell Facebook Account
Mary Cares on Tumblr
Mary Cares on LiveJournal
@MaryMcDonnell10 and @MostlyMaryMcD on Twitter