It should be no secret the Corona Virus pandemic has had a profound impact upon Ascend Performing Arts, home of our Blue Knights ensembles. COVID-19 has placed our mission in jeopardy.
Seasons for the Drum Corps, Percussion Ensemble, and Winds were cancelled or shortened. Not only did this result in a devastating impact on all the members but all revenue sources were cancelled.
Ascend did not have the cost of a summer tour for the drum corps or a trip to Dayton for the Percussion or Winds Ensembles, but it has had a massive impact upon our revenue cycle/cash flow.
Ascend has responded to the immediate issue by essentially going into hibernation; our staff is working for free, our vehicles are parked, insurance reduced, and the office is dark.
However, ongoing expenses related to reduced staff, accounting, office lease, insurance for our operations, existing loans on vehicles or telephone, must all be supported on an on-going basis when it is time to restart.
It is essential the Ascend Organization survive to produce and support our ensembles.
WHEN IT IS TIME TO RESTART OUR PROGRAMS, WE MUST BE READY.
It is necessary to reach out to our friends, family, alumni and fans to preserve our 62 year old organization for future generations of Blue Knights.