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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.

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

      • Legacy Day 2020: Due to our current public health crisis, Legacy Day 2020 will be a virtual experience. Our planned theme for this year – Kent’s Outstanding African American Athletes of the 20th Century – will be featured in 2021. Our virtual offerings in 2020 include a video preview of next year’s salute to African American Athletes; a Genealogy Presentation via Zoom, by the staff of the Community Curation Program of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture; and a live streaming special featuring DJ Real.  Legacy Day is produced by volunteers and funded by our sponsors – Allowing us to provide the programs to the community free of charge. On Legacy Day 2021, all sponsors will be recognized on large banners hanging at Sumner Hall and at the Bordley History Center. They will also be acknowledged at the Recognition Reception and receive complimentary Sumner Hall Memberships. Sponsorship Levels: R&B ($1000+); Jazz ($500); Blues ($250); Hip Hop ($100); Ragtime ($50); and Bebop ($25).
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Social Action Committee for Racial Justice

Sumner Hall supports the work of SACRJ by providing meeting space, public information, administrative and financial management services.  To learn more, click here.

  • SACRJ’s General Fund:  While volunteers generate the ideas, energy and in-kind support to power SACRJ, it also needs financial support to conduct its initiatives and programs.Contributions will fund the costs associated with offering future Undoing Racism workshops; printing and mailing costs; public information and communications; and emergency funds to assist victims of racism.
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  • SACRJ’s Feed the Children and Elderly Initiative:  In March 2020, SACRJ identified a food insecurity crisis in our community. It organized a collaborative of individuals and organizations to address this need. Each week volunteers purchase, package and distribute food to children and senior citizens across Kent County. To date, more than $70,000 in community donations and grants has been raised to support this initiative.
Paul Tue, III Challenge Food Initiative Donation SACRJ Feed the Elderly Food Initiative Donation


  • SACRJ’s Chestertown Mural:  Donations for paint and supplies.
SACRJ Ctown Mural Donation

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!

Please make your donations by check or a credit card via our PayPal account. Checks should be made payable to “Sumner Hall” with one of the following projects noted on the memo line: SH-General; Legacy Day; SACRJ-Food or SACRJ General. When making a donation via PayPal, please indicate the project you wish to support under the directions section. Checks are to be mailed to Sumner Hall, 206 South Queen Street, Chestertown, MD 21620.