SARATOGA SPRINGS — The seats at Caffe Lena have been empty since March 14. But the venue’s stage has been busy nearly every night as bands play shows for three robotic cameras that stream live to audiences around the world.
The Sarah B. Foulke Charitable Fund, set up to honor Saratoga Springs attorney and café volunteer Sarah Foulke, supports Saratogians and others by investing in causes she believed in.
Sarah B. Foulke Fund advisor Suzan Nolan explains, “This is a double-your-gift challenge grant to help Caffè Lena survive the shutdown. Caffè Lena is a landmark venue. We want to help them evolve their online platform and we’re rooting for them to raise the full $50,000 this month so that we can donate $50,000. Unique cultural institutions such as Caffè Lena make our region special and deserve our help. We hope others who love Caffè Lena and Saratoga Springs will join our effort.”
Caffè Lena is seeking donations from individuals, businesses and musicians. The venue is offering underwriting and sponsorship slots for higher level donors who want their philanthropy recognized.
“If this pandemic has taught us anything,” emphasized Sarah Craig, Executive Director of Caffe Lena, “it’s that every expression of care, whether it's a $5 tip, or a $500 donation, or a special comment, they all add up to helping live music survive and grow during this time of extreme challenge.”
To make a donation to help Caffe Lena reach its $50,000 goal by Oct. 31, visit www.caffelena.org and click on the Sarah B. Foulke Donation Challenge link.