Dear fellow Lithuanian Americans and Friends,
In 1907, the Lithuanian Music Hall Association was established in Philadelphia and its members built a grand three-story building named Lithuanian Music Hall or as we affectionately call it Lietuviu Namai. Over the years, the Hall hosted numerous Lithuanian concerts, banquets, plays, folk dance shows, weddings, birthdays and Lithuanian Independence commemorations and celebrations. It has held fund-raising efforts for Lithuania during World War I and World War II and many relief efforts for Lithuania during the Cold War. It has provided the facilities for language courses, folk dance practices, choir rehearsals and for meetings of such groups as the Folk Art Institute, Amber Roots and others. During the late 1980’s it served as a base for the Communication Center of the Lithuanian American Community and its efforts to provide accurate information to activists across the country who sought to enlist the help of the Congress and President of the United States of America to support and ultimately recognize Lithuania’s independence. In 2018, the Lithuanian Music hall hosted the joint concert of the Lithuanian Army and Pennsylvania National Guard bands in a celebration of 25 years of partnership.
The costs of operating and maintaining the Lithuanian Music Hall over the years were always funded by hall rentals, the annual Lithuanian Fair (Muge) and other special fund-raising events, run by volunteers.
With the onslaught of the COVID-19 pandemic, operations of the Lithuanian Music Hall have come to a grinding halt. We have been unable to rent our halls for any type of gatherings since March and have nearly exhausted all cash reserves. COVID-19 has forced us to cancel the 44th annual Lithuanian Fair (Muge), our largest annual fund-raising event. This has caused a severe cash emergency as utility, insurance, real estate tax and amortization costs still need to be paid. Unfortunately, there are no government support programs for 100% volunteer run operations such as ours.
In 1980, with some foresight, the Lithuanian Cultural Center of Philadelphia was established and maintained as a non-profit, federal tax exempt, IRC-501(c)(3) organization. The ownership of the Lithuanian Music Hall has now effectively been transferred to the Lithuanian Cultural Center of Philadelphia (tax id 22-2482807).
The survival of our dear Lithuanian Music Hall now is dependent on the generosity of your support. Your donation is tax deductible and will help preserve the memories of the past and maintain the Lithuanian Music Hall for the future, while we wait for the vaccines to take effect so we can return to a state of normalcy. We ask for whatever support you can afford to help save the Lithuanian Music Hall in Philadelphia. Donors of $500 of more will be forever memorialized on a plaque in the Lithuanian Music Hall lobby. A letter of appreciation and an invitation to a celebration at the conclusion of a successful “Save the Hall” campaign will be sent to all supporters when public health safety permits.
To make a donation by credit card or PayPal, please use the DONATE Button below or you can send a check payable to: Lithuanian Cultural Center of Philadelphia. Please mail your check to Mr. Tom Stanuikynas, Treasurer, at the address listed below.
On behalf of ourselves and the Board of Directors of the Lithuanian Cultural Center of Philadelphia, we wish you a healthy Christmas and thank you in advance for your support.
Vytas Maciunas President
Tom Stanuikynas Treasurer
Lithuanian Cultural Center of Philadelphia
Lithuanian Music Hall Association
2715 East Allegheny Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19134