Transcendence Theatre - December 2017/January 2018

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RISE UP ... WE’RE PROUD TO CALL SONOMA HOME N ow more than ever, we at Transcendence see the importance of what we do in our community and the responsibility we have to bring people together in love, hope, and unity.

For weeks, wildfires raged through northern California, leaving a wake of ash and loss. I am relieved to report that the Transcendence Artists and team, as well as our venues, are all safe and intact. We have been incredibly lucky, but we know many members of the community, including some of our patrons and supporters, lost almost everything. The fires inflicted a great deal of suffering and an overwhelming sense of helplessness. It became our mission to help bring this incredible community back together. On October 28, Transcendence performed with fire department color guard and bagpipes, the honor guard from local law enforcement, the Sonoma County sheriff, and city officials at the Sonoma County Day of Remembrance. We were honored to be a part of this huge event, singing to remember those brilliant lives lost in the fires and the heroes who helped protect the community. This event left us feeling humbled and proud to have found a home among such brave and loving people. Just over a week later, on Nov. 5, Transcendence Artists and friends in New York City put on the Sonoma Strong Benefit Concert. Twenty-four of our Broadway Performers were featured in the concert, which was streamed over Facebook Live. One hundred percent of proceeds went to benefit Sonoma County fire victims, evacuees, and first responders. Back in California, we were able to join the Glen Ellen community for another fundraiser on Nov. 10 at the Benziger Family Winery. More recently, we wrapped up our Broadway Holiday Spectacular in early December. For many, our holiday show has become a musical tradition, and this year, we incorporated the show into our efforts to rebuild the community. We gave

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away 1,000 tickets to first responders and their families, as well as to individuals who were affected by the fire. Additionally, we donated 5 percent of proceeds to fire relief efforts in our community. There has been a lot of heartache in recent months, and we want to do our part in healing the wounds. In conjunction with our fundraising concerts, we developed Transcendence’s Rise Up & Recover Fund to raise money for victims, evacuees, and first responders in Sonoma County. I want to thank everyone who has donated to the fund or helped us in any way during this difficult time. Every dollar of proceeds from these donations goes directly back into our community and will help the people of Glen Ellen, Kenwood, Santa Rosa, and Sonoma, California. Through all the hardships, we want to make one thing clear: We aren’t going anywhere. Sonoma is our home, and we are committed to whatever hard work must be done to rebuild. As we move forward, our hope is to continue sharing the love and renew the spirit of our community.

–Stephan Stubbins

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