First Night Supports the Arts

May 1, 2018, Williamsburg, Va. – For 24 years, First Night Williamsburg brought people together for New Year’s Eve downtown with a wide variety of entertainment for all ages, including fireworks over Zable Stadium at the College of William and Mary. Over the years, an estimated 125,000 people enjoyed First Night. As the organization comes to a close, the group’s final proceeds will continue to bring performances to the local community through the Williamsburg Community Foundation’s Arts & Culture Fund.

Members of First Night’s Board of Directors recently presented a check for $12,584.97 to Williamsburg Community Foundation, a nonprofit organization that serves as a philanthropic center for the community and provides a wide range of grants and scholarships locally. The First Night proceeds will be directed to the Arts & Culture Fund at the Foundation, which will support competitive grants to the local community for a variety of programs.

Thanks to the generosity of so many local citizens, Williamsburg Community Foundation is building an Arts & Culture endowment, which will support the arts in the local area with annual grants in perpetuity. “We are so grateful to First Night for entrusting the Foundation with this contribution,” said Nancy Sullivan, Executive Director of WCF. “Because of this, the Foundation will be able to continue First Night’s legacy of bringing wonderful music and art to so many in our community.”

Local nonprofits interested in applying for grant support from the Foundation should visit its website for more information. The next grant application deadline is July 18, 2018.

Pictured Above:
Members of the First Night Board of Directors present a check to Williamsburg Community Foundation.
L-R: Rick Nahm, WCF trustee; Ron Adolphi, Treasurer, First Night; Shelby Hawthorne, Board, First Night; Nancy Sullivan, WCF Exec. Dir.; Ron Lodzieski, WCF Board Chair.

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