ANNOUNCEMENT: Beth Mardutho 10 Year Anniversary Raffle
- Announcement from Beth Mardutho: The Syriac Institute10 Year Anniversary RafflePiscataway, NJ - December 8, 2002. The Syriac Institute is holding a fund raising raffle to celebrate its 10-year anniversary. The proceeds will go towards the Institute's Endowment, and the various projects of the Institute. While all those who work for the Institute do so on voluntary basis, the Institute incurs many expenses.
The fund raising takes the form of a cash-prize Raffle: 35% of the money raised will be distributed as prizes. The first prize is 20% of the proceeds, the second prize is 10%, and the third prize is 5%. For example, if the Institute raises $10,000, the first prize will be $2,000, the second $1,000 and the third $500. Tickets can be purchased on a secure site online at www.bethmardutho.org (all donations are tax deductible in the US).
Although the uncertain economy makes it difficult for all of us to make new financial commitments just now, said Prof. Kathleen McVey, treasurer of Beth Mardutho, the same circumstance makes it vital for each of us to support the organizations we value. Every contribution to Beth Mardutho, however small, will help to promote ecumenical study of the Syriac heritage.
The Institute's major accomplishments during the last 10 years include publishing Hugoye: Journal of Syriac Studies twice a year (since 1998), adding Syriac to the Unicode standard, the design of over 20 Meltho Fonts for Windows XP, digitizing over 600 Beth Gazo melodies, and holding three international SyrCOM conferences on Syriac computing, in addition to numerous other publications and projects.
Currently, the Institute is working hard to make available The Syriac Digital Library which will be the largest library of Syriac material in the world, accessible on the Internet. The Institute is also busy producing the first encyclopedia that is totally dedicated to the Syriac heritage. This year the Institute is partially supporting a student at Oxford, as well as the research of a scholar. All these activities require your assistance.
Community members who wish to help in this fund raising by selling printed raffle tickets in their parishes and academic circles are encouraged to contact George Kiraz at gkiraz@... to obtain printed tickets. We appreciate any help in this regard.
Link to raffles: http://www.bethmardutho.org/eRaffle.htmAbout Beth Mardutho
Established in 1992, Beth Mardutho seeks to promote the study and preservation of the Syriac heritage and language, and to facilitate opportunities for people to pursue the study of this ancient legacy globally. [www.bethmardutho.org]Join Beth MarduthoBe part of bringing the Syriac heritage into the third millennium. Become a member at www.bethmardutho.org.