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Our timing for this is, hopefully for the planet, as bad as it could be, but Victoria Leigh and I have been struggling for several months with the banks and PayPal, and we come up bloodied and battered, but with a plan.  Just in time for COVID-19 :(, but we're down to the bottom of our bank account.

We ask yearly for just enough to pay for the sites, bank fees, and payment processing fees.  These are closing in on $2K/year per site, or 4K in total, which is a formidable amount.  We hope to be able to get enough support to continue to do this only once this year again, but we'll see where we land.  We are asking each person who uses the site to consider contributing $20, but we do understand that everyone is being asked for contributions from every direction: from arts organizations, from relief organizations, to support local businesses, and that personal finances can be precarious, with job security an issue, too. 

We'll keep the sites up as long as we have funds to support them, and if it means re-launching the fundraiser when, hopefully, we will be release from self-quarantine, we will.  We'll also keep the links up here, even if they disappear from our home screen.  

If you are seeing this on your mobile phone or tablet using the software's mobile view, it has the same links as in this post, but you'll need to scroll to see it.

Our struggle with PayPal came to a draw, and since they won't let us use a business account anymore, the only option to pay by credit and debit cards this year is to have a PayPal account and to use our PayPal Me link.  We ask if you use this option to put your board name in the instructions box on the second screen.   (paypal.me/HeleneKaplan)  This came up too late to evaluate how to tweak our software provider's ecommerce option that has built-in links to other payment processing.  You can, too, use any bank accounts tied to your PayPal account.

On the positive side, since many people have the Zelle option through their banks and credit unions, we've set up our bank account to receive payments through the email option at bt4d.ba@gmail.com.

We also can accept checks written to "Ballet Talk" through May at the following address:

Helene Kaplan

6910 Roosevelt Way NE #103

Seattle, WA 98115

Please put your board name in the memo field, and if you want to put "Ballet Talk" on the envelope, please put it under your return address.


We know this is a big ask at this time.  We hope we can provide a little social solace while we're under lock-down, and for people who are on the front lines, whether in hospitals, emergency response, grocery stores, delivery services, and a lot more, you have our respect and appreciation.



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