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  • 6 Jul 2020 2:46 PM | Deb Schaber (Administrator)

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  • 8 Jun 2020 11:17 AM | Deb Schaber (Administrator)

    Dear Saint Paul Winter Carnival Supporter,

    On behalf of the Saint Paul Festival and Heritage Foundation (SPFHF), we would like to express our sincere appreciation for your support of Saint Paul's favorite events: The Saint Paul Winter Carnival and Cinco de Mayo – West Side Saint Paul. Through the foundation, we support something that connects our community’s history and local businesses together. As our community continues to change, we work hard to evolve and to make sure our legacy events reflect this. Our supporters, volunteers and members are the heart and soul of our foundation. Our volunteer board of directors works tirelessly throughout the year to represent you, and we all know how important it is to celebrate our community.

    In these unprecedented times, we need your help to continue the growth of the Saint Paul Festival & Heritage Foundation. The future of events is changing. Before COVID-19, we have watched our expenses continue to rise and pressure on sponsor dollars has increased over the last few years.  The event world and what our foundation can produce have changed with the current climate of COVD-19. 

    Not only will SPFHF see increased regulations and expenses, it will be harder to raise the funds to produce our foundation events. We expect sponsor dollars and budgets to be down because our partners are dealing with the same situations during this shutdown. We don’t know what the rest of the year will bring, never mind the next month, but our CEO and Board of Directors are thinking long-term. They are committed to moving forward with the best intentions for the organization’s mission and purpose.

    Below are some updates from the past couple months:

    • We have had to postpone not only our annual Cinco de Mayo celebration, but two of our spring fundraising events, Sip & Savor and the Johnnie Walker Scotch Tasting. Combined with the closing of our four gambling establishments, we are looking at a loss to the Foundation of over $60,000 thus far in 2020.
    •  Due to the Governor’s state shut down directive, our gambling establishments were shuttered.
      • Our gambling staff of 18 are currently furloughed until the bars reopen.
      • Without our charitable gambling activities due to bar closures, we are expecting to lose in excess of $30,000 in net revenue to the Foundation.
    • Monthly expenses to run the Foundation and keep us operating 12 months a year are now close to $15,000 per month (payroll, rent, utilities, accounting, audits, insurance, computers, web site and more)
    •  We had to make the unfortunate decision to let go of some of our Foundation office staff members. When we had to postpone our April and May events to the Fall, our budget dictated that we needed to cut staff as well.
    • We applied for and received a Payroll Protection Assistance (PPP) loan and an EIDL Grant for $10,000.  Which is helping cover the salaries of our CEO, Event Coordinator and Gambling Manager through the summer.
    • We hosted our first Virtual Live Performance Fundraiser, that raised over $10,000 in early May. 

    SPFHF has had serious challenges in years past and because of support from our members, sponsors and volunteers, we overcame them. The Saint Paul Winter Carnival has survived 134 years thus far and the members of this Board and our CEO are determined to buckle down to overcome the financial issues before us. We will continue to fulfill our mission to foster a sense of community pride, belonging and connectedness by producing and promoting community education, programs, and festivals, along with other celebrations for the enjoyment of the people of Saint Paul and its surrounding communities. We will keep the Foundation viable for decades to come!

    As we head into our 135th year of the Saint Paul Winter Carnival, becoming a member will help us create meaningful experiences during this special anniversary year. It is our goal that all people can enjoy our festival activities at no/low cost during our 10-day carnival. Your support is so crucial in fulfilling our mission.  Your support is needed now more than ever, to help us regain some of our lost income.

    NOW is the time to join or renew your Foundation Membership to allow our CEO and Board to continue their work towards making future events possible. The 135th Coolest Celebration on Earth will not happen without the support of our members. Please take a moment and renew your membership today by visiting our website www.wintercarnival.com and click on “become a member”, complete the enclosed form and mail it with your payment, or Text 44-321 and enter SPFHF. Our fiscal year runs June 1st-May 31st so now is the time!

    These are unprecedented times. If you have questions, concerns, or new ideas, please feel free to contact us at info@spfhf.org. Thank you, and we hope everyone stays safe and healthy as we work together through these challenging circumstances.

    Don't forget to like & follow us on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram for more up-to-date details.

    We look forward to connecting with you over the coming year!

    Sincerely,

    Deb Schaber                           Amy Mauzy                             Kat Christopherson

    President / CEO                  SPFHF Board Chair            SPFHF Membership Chair

    With the celebration of the Winter Carnival 135th Anniversary, we have created a unique membership level to honor the Anniversary.  Members at $135 level or higher will receive this custom member only pin. 

    Become a Member.pdf


  • 1 May 2020 11:27 AM | Deb Schaber (Administrator)

    May Updates – Letter From Board Chair, Amy Mauzy

    Happy Spring! 

    May has arrived and with it more information from our State and City officials on happenings and events taking place in the Twin Cities and beyond. Like every other non-profit organization, the Saint Paul Festival and Heritage Foundation is feeling the effects of the Governor’s state shut down directive, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

    We have had to postpone not only our annual Cinco de Mayo celebration, but two of our spring fundraising events. Combined with the closing of our four gambling establishments, we are looking at a loss to the Foundation of over $60,000 thus far in 2020. 

    The cost to run Festivals in Minnesota has increased as well. To run a FREE festival, our Foundation needs to pay:

    • Annual insurance costs that are now crossed over the $45,000 per year threshold.
    • Parade costs that are now close to $15,000 each.  
    • Police and Security costs that have increased 100% over the last 18 months 
    • Utility fees including hooded meters, street barricades, garbage pickup, and rentals that have tripled in the past three years. 
    • Monthly expenses to run the Foundation and keep us operating 12 months a year are now close to $15,000 per month (rent, utilities, accounting and audits, payroll, computers, web site, and more)
    • Propane & Diesel that is used to power and heat the Winter Carnival averages $20,000 a year.  
    • The Foundation does not have a marketing budget, we rely on our gracious media partners, Hubbard Broadcasting, Pioneer Press & I Heart radio, to support us.

     

    The Board of Directors and our CEO have been working hard every day to keep the Foundation financially sound through these unprecedented times.  We applied for and received a Payroll Protection Assistance as part of the CARES Act, which will help us with payroll and other expenses this summer. Our board and our Finance Committee are always looking for ways to bring in new revenue.

     

    A fun way to support the Foundation is happening tomorrow night (5/6); 6:30-8:30pm on our Facebook page:

    Join us for our very first #WinterCarnivalWednesday!  Kick back and enjoy a virtual concert from the comfort of your home! We are asking for a suggested donation of $20 to enjoy the show with us. There will be other opportunities throughout the night for larger contributors, along with prize giveaways from the band, and the Winter Carnival. We hope to see you all on-line tomorrow night. Thank you to SPIRE Credit Union for their contributions to the event! 

    The SPFHF has had serious challenges in years past and because of support from our members, sponsors, and volunteers, we overcame them. We have survived 134 years thus far and the members of this Board and our CEO are determined to buckle down to overcome the financial issues before us. We will continue to fulfill our mission to foster a sense of community pride, belonging and connectedness by producing and promoting community education, programs, festivals, along with other celebrations for the enjoyment of the people of Saint Paul and its surrounding communities and keep the SPFHF viable for decades to come! 

    Thank you for your continued support of the Saint Paul Festival and Heritage Foundation. These are scary and uncertain times for non-profits and the teamwork I see happening every day with Board Members, Foundation staff, sponsors, and volunteers, is inspiring! 

    -Amy Mauzy 

    SPFHF Board Chair 

     

    How can you help? 

    Membership: 

    As we enter into our 135th year celebrating The Coolest Celebration Earth, your support is needed now more than ever, to help us regain some of our lost income.. Please take a moment and renew your membership today by visiting our website www.wintercarnival.com and click on “become a member”, complete the enclosed form and mail it with your payment, or Text 44-321 and enter SPFHF. Our fiscal year runs June 1st-May 31st so now is the time! 

    Events: 

     


  • 15 Apr 2020 10:39 AM | Deb Schaber (Administrator)

    Dear SPFHF members, volunteers, and beyond: 

    In these unprecedented times, I wanted to reach out to share that you, your family, friends, and colleagues are in our thoughts. 

    We are all concerned and things are changing quickly—each day feels like five news cycles. Our first priority is the health and safety of our staff, visitors, and volunteers. As we navigate through a constantly changing situation, I would like to assure you that we are looking to the future and planning ahead for the latter half of 2020 as well as the 135th Saint Paul Winter Carnival celebration in 2021.  

    The future of events is changing. Before COVID, we have watched this happen over the last few years as expenses continue to raise and pressure on sponsor dollars has increased.  The event world and what our foundation can produce have changed with the current climate of COVD-19. 

    Not only will we see increased regulations and expenses, it will be harder to raise the funds we need to produce events.  We expect sponsor dollars and budgets to be down because our partners are dealing with the same situations during this shutdown.  We are being smart, hopeful and committed to moving forward.  We don’t know what the rest of the year will bring, never mind the next month but our CEO and Board are thinking long-term about what is best for the organization’s mission and purpose. Below are some updates from the past few weeks:

    SPFHF Updates:

    • Our Cinco de Mayo Event has been postponed to what we hope is a date in the Fall, based on the CDC guidelines that came out a few weeks ago. However, we will still be celebrating on Saturday, May 2nd. You can watch last year’s parade on Facebook, see the Virtual Car, Truck & Bike, show presented by Post Consumer Brands and more on our Cinco de Mayo FB page!
    • Sip & Savor Fundraiser will also be postponed until the Fall, in order to create a safe experience for all.
    • With the loss of Cinco de Mayo and Sip & Savor, our year end (May 31st) budget projections are showing a loss.
    • In our slimmest, our monthly expenses – included; rent, insurance, utilities, payroll, etc. Currently, there is no revenue coming in to support these expenses with the postponement of our events.
    • We had to make the unfortunate decision to let go of our two Foundation office staff members. When we had to postpone our April and May events to the Fall, our budget dictated that we needed to cut staff.
    • Due to the Governor’s state shut down directive, our gambling establishments were shuttered. Our gambling staff of 18 are currently furloughed until the bars reopen. We thank them for their quick response to the Governor’s directive and making sure we were compliant when we had to move quickly to follow the shutdown guidelines.
    • With the bars closed, we are expecting to lose in excess of $30,000 in net revenue to the Foundation without our charitable gambling activities.
    We are watching the CARES Act information closely and have filled out several applications for funding.
    • Our President & CEO, Deb Schaber, is working remotely as Landmark Center is closed.
    • All SPFHF Board meetings are now held virtually via conference calls. The executive team is meeting once a week as to keep on top of breaking news.

    How Can YOU Help?   

    1. Be a member of the SPFHF Foundation:

    Now more than ever your support is needed.  Membership dollars and are dedicated to the general operating fund of the Saint Paul Festival & Heritage Foundation. Corporate, family and individual membership support provides for year-round administration and management necessary to ensure the continued growth and success of the Saint Paul Winter Carnival and Cinco de Mayo. Membership runs concurrent with our fiscal year, June 1, 2020 – May 31, 2021.

    *If you became a new member in January prior to Carnival, you will need to renew by May 31 to keep your membership current.

    NOW is the time to join or renew to allow our CEO and Board to continue their work towards making future events possible. The 135th Coolest Celebration on Earth will not happen without the support of members.

    1. Give online and attend events:
    • The Sip & Savor Event scheduled for May 22nd has also been postponed and we are moving the event at Landmark Center in early October. Tickets are on sale now!
    • We’ll also be producing a virtual series of special events & happenings throughout the month of May. We are strategizing the details but look to fundraise with special ‘Royal’ guests and VIP sponsors via Zoom, You Tube and our Facebook page.
    • Our SPFHF Golf Tournament is still a go for August 17. Sign up today or sponsor a hole:
    • Johnny Walker Scotch Tasting & 5 Course Dinner is happening on August 6th at Doubletree Downtown. Register today!:
    • Make a direct donation to the Foundation:
      • https://www.wintercarnival.com/make-a-donation/
    • Volunteer!
      • We are looking for volunteers to join several of our committees; Sip & Savor, Marketing, Fundraising, Virtual Events, Winter Carnival Festival Planning Committee. There are also projects you could work on from home like data entry, stuff mailers, phone calls, etc.   If you are interested in learning more, please email us at info@spfhf.org.

    These are unprecedented times. If you have questions, concerns, new ideas, please feel free to contact us at info@spfhf.org. Thank you and we hope everyone stays safe and healthy as we work together through these challenging circumstances.

    Amy Mauzy

    SPFHF Board Chair


  • 29 Feb 2020 11:51 AM | Deb Schaber (Administrator)

    Tourism Industry Achievements Highlighted at Explore Minnesota Tourism Conference

    ALEXANDRIA, Minn.  (Feb. 26, 2020) – During the 2020 Explore Minnesota Tourism Conference, held at Arrowwood Resort last night, several individuals, organizations and tourism businesses were recognized at the annual Explore Minnesota Tourism Awards for their contributions to the state’s $16 billion travel industry.

    The Saint Paul Winter Carnival took home one of those awards, The 2019 Only In MN Icon Award. 


    ABOUT EXPLORE MINNESOTA

    As the state's tourism promotion office, Explore Minnesota pursues an entrepreneurial approach, leveraging the state's tourism investment with increased involvement by the private sector. Tourism is a $16.0 billion industry in Minnesota, and a key sector of the state's economy. The leisure and hospitality industry employs nearly 273,000 workers, representing 11 percent of Minnesota's private sector employment. Leisure and hospitality also generates $1.0 billion of the state's sales tax revenues. Minnesota welcomes more than 73 million domestic and international travelers annually.




Saint Paul Festival & Heritage Foundation 

429 Landmark Center, 75 W 5th St 

Saint Paul, MN 55102 

651-223-7400

info@spfhf.org 

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