This Thanksgiving, The Bob Moog Foundation is thankful for you.
I’m Sean McDonald, one of the board members of the Bob Moog Foundation. Like most people, my attention is turning from my job and day-to-day life, to focus on the things that matter most–the things that make my life rich, meaningful and happy.
The past year has been a great year for the BMF. We have had some huge accomplishments. I want to take the time to highlight a few and express my thanks for all of your support.
First and foremost, the BMF has been blessed to work with our incredible Executive Director, Michelle Moog-Koussa. Most people know Michelle–or “Mimi” to some of you–as Bob’s daughter. But it’s important to understand that Michelle is a talented, tireless and deeply committed individual who has built this foundation from the ground up. Her leadership and determination are among the things I am most grateful for this Thanksgiving.
We launched our effort to build the Moogseum and received a commitment from the Buncombe County (Asheville, NC) Tourism Development Authority for 20% of our total goal. (That’s $600,000 out of $3,000,000 FYI.) That is a great start to building one of the world’s most innovative community engagement and artistic development spaces.
Additional thanks go to the Grammy Foundation, Moog Music–who just donated a Moog Guitar signed by Lou Reed, which will be auctioned off Dec 7th as a benefit to the BMF–and all our donors and other funding partners.
We also hosted our first Bob Moog exhibit with our partner, the Museum of Making Music in Carlsbad, CA. If you are in Southern California anytime soon (think: NAMM 2010), make sure to visit the space.
We released a new version of MoogFoundation.org, and I am eternally thankful for our Web Development team, one of the many groups of our “Rockstar Volunteers.” (There are too many to thank individually, but we love you all!) In addition, we held several MoogedOut events with the support of actual rockstars, like Umphree‘s McGee and Toubab Krewe.
Most important, and I can say this on behalf of the whole Board of Directors, we are thankful for you: our friends, partners and allies. For your gifts of time, talent and treasure to the BMF. For your creativity and enthusiasm. And for your commitment to our work, fostering innovation at the intersection of science and music.
If you would like to give some time, talent or treasure, email me and we’ll talk directly about how you can help. (If you are interested, we’re accepting applications for board members.)
I hope you and yours have a wonderful Thanksgiving. We’ll be in touch soon.