Donate Now for 40th Annual Tree Lighting!!
Labor Day is over. School has started. Fall is upon us, which means that the holiday lights will soon be gracing many of the trees on our block. We will again ask the Sav-A-Tree crew to string the lights from their bucket truck in late November. This will be the 40th year in a row that we've had lights in the trees on our block. People come from all over the city to see them and they definitely cheer our spirits on the long, cold nights of winter! You can help make this festive tradition a reality again this year by making a tax-deductible donation to the West 55th Street Block Association.
There are two ways to contribute:
1) You can donate online via PayPal or credit card by going to our website: west55ba.org and clicking on the yellow "Donate" button in the lower left hand corner.
2) Or you can make out a check payable to "The West 55th Street Block Association" and drop it off with one of the doormen at 345 West 55th Street (attention Susan Malbin, Treasurer).
As usual, this is our biggest expense for the year. We need to raise about $9500 to hang the lights and another $3000 to take them down in February of 2020. New York City does not allow us to leave the lights up all year as that hurts the trees. And Sav-A-Tree has consistently given us the best bid and done an incredible job each year since we started using them in 2008.
The rest of our projects--from spring planting to travel scholarships for students at the High School for Environmental Studies to the July 4th Block Party--total between $4000 and $5000. The average donation to the Block Association is $50, but we've had donations as high as $1500 (from some of the co-ops and businesses).
We've raised enough to cover these expenses for eleven years in a row, so this is completely do-able. We will print up a few donation forms (below) to leave in lobbies, but if you have access to a copier machine and can print up some to leave in your lobby, that would also be great.