Legacy of Joy

Members & Donors, we thank you!

Friends, we are deeply grateful for your steadfast support throughout these difficult times!

In 2021, you, our members and donors, again rose to the occasion, surpassing our fundraising goals and engaging passionately in sharing resources and community building. As the year unfolded, we were able not only to maintain ongoing work but to continue developing and sharing new resources and programs for pandemic times and beyond.

Sunshine JimSunshine Jim was our Dance Angel in 2021!

A Legacy Gift

We are grateful to have received a major legacy gift from the James Edward Hudock Trust.

James Edward Hudock, known to his friends as “Sunshine Jim,” was a beloved member of the Melbourne (FL) English Country Dance and the Cocoa Beach Contra Dance communities, enjoying the friendships that developed there and becoming an informal board member. From time to time, he was suspected of being the “Dance Angel” who would make quiet cash donations to keep the slow times solvent. Even when health challenges began to make dancing difficult for him, his presence at dances lifted spirits.

This strong connection to the dance community inspired him to provide legacy donations after his passing in appreciation of the joy he experienced. Jim understood that supporting CDSS, the parent organization, ensured that the local dances got the support they needed, through small group mentoring, regional publicity, shared history, and generally keeping time-honored joyful customs alive.

His playful spirit lives on!

Doug Young and Pat PetersenPat and Doug celebrating Pat’s 60th birthday.

Gifts for the Future: Estate Plans

Doug Young & Pat Petersen

Friends who include CDSS in their estate plans are sending the gift of dance, music, and song to future generations.

We met either dancing or playing music—neither of us can remember, as we were both “otherwise engaged”—but those two threads drew us ever closer, and continue to knit our lives together. Our courtship continued after Doug moved a few hours away—he would drive down to the Friday contradance and whisk me onto the floor.

The strands in those threads multiplied—waltz, contra, English, square; early music and recorder, old-time music with banjos and guitars, and oh so many songs (Pat is sure that when she is on her deathbed Doug will sing for her yet another song that she’s never heard him sing before).

Dancing in open-air pavilions, singing in harmony with friends, playing in impromptu jams, listening to great tunes as we travel to dance weeks, even going online for dance materials and teaching tips, all have been enhanced or made possible by CDSS. As music, song, and dance continue to fill and enrich our lives, it makes perfect sense for us to share our passion with those who come after us. Leaving a legacy to CDSS is the obvious way to do that.

You Too Can Be a Dance Angel…

Do you, too, envision a future where the traditions you love flourish and endure, and opportunities for dance, music, and song communities to learn, grow, and thrive are supported across North America?

You need not be wealthy to leave a legacy. Becoming a member of CDSS’s Legacy of Joy Society is a great way to make your core values known to others while ensuring the sustainability of our organization. Generations to come will benefit from your gift, and your lasting support of our mission will serve as an inspiration to others.

To join, fill out the online form, or email Robin Hayden at robin@cdss.org. Considering including CDSS in your estate plans but don’t know where to begin? Check out our FAQ page, or fill out the Expression of Interest form, and we’ll be in touch to help you figure out your options.

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