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GENERAL DONATIONS:  Sumner Hall exists thanks to the generous donations from members of the public – individuals, and organizations.  While our musical and cultural events and grant-supported programs are designed to pay for themselves, they do not pay for the basic cost of running Sumner Hall.  Your contribution – via memberships, donations, and rental fees – is the fuel that keeps us open!  Thank you for your support.


SPECIAL DONATIONS:  Sumner Hall is pleased to accept designation donations for special projects.  We recommend the following at this time:

    • SACRJ’s Feed the Children and Elderly Initiative: The Social Action Committee for Racial Justice (SACRJ) is partnering with Sumner Hall to feed children and elderly people who need our help.  We will purchase as much of the food locally as possible – including fresh produce, eggs, dairy products, bread and other foodstuffs from vendors of Chestertown’s Farmers’ Market. We are also working to complement the efforts of the Kent County Public Schools and other groups collecting and distributing food in our community. This is a win-win-win initiative:  kiddos and seniors receive food; local farmers and stores have some income; and, our generous neighbors have a way to help in this time of crisis.  Checks should be made payable to Sumner Hall, marked SACRJ Food on the notation line, and mailed to 206 South Queen Street, Chestertown, Maryland 21620.  Payments may also be made via PayPal.

    • Legacy Day 2020: Scheduled for August 15, 2020, our theme this year is Kent’s Outstanding African American Athletes of the 20th Century.  Events include a Recognition Reception for our honorees, a Genealogy Workshop, a Gospel Concert, a Children’s Program, a Parade down High Street, live music, street dancing, food stalls, and craft vendors.  Legacy Day is produced by volunteers and funded by our sponsors, allowing us to provide the programs to the community free of charge. During Legacy Day Week, sponsors will be recognized on large banners hanging at Sumner Hall and at the Bordley History Center on the corner of High & Cross Streets. They will also be listed on Sumner Hall’s website and on 1,000 promotional fans that will be distributed to the crowd on Saturday evening. In addition, R&B Sponsors will be acknowledged at the Recognition Reception and Sponsors at the Hip-Hop level and above will receive a complimentary annual Organizational Membership, ensuring that they’ll be recognized as members on Sumner Hall’s Honor Wall. Sponsors will be listed according to the level of sponsorship: R&B – $1,000; JAZZ – $500; BLUES – $250; HIP HOP – $100; RAGTIME – $50; BEBOP – $25. Please make your contribution by Friday, July 24th to give us time to acknowledge it on printed materials. Checks should be made payable to Sumner Hall, marked Legacy Day on the notation line, and mailed to 206 South Queen Street, Chestertown, Maryland 21620.  Payments may also be made via PayPal.

All contributions to Sumner hall are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.  We will issue an official acknowledgment to each contributor.

We are grateful for your support!