Last week for our Membership drive, with a big new match

We have a $2,500 match to boost your generosity, plus two new drawings for today and a Members party coming up this Thursday.

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We have a $2,500 match to boost your generosity, plus two new drawings for today and a Members party coming up this Thursday.

As we enter the final week of Crosscut's spring Membership drive, Tom Byers and Carol Lewis have generously put up a $2,500 matching pledge that will double any donations made for the rest of this campaign. I hope you will become a new Member or renew your annual Membership, taking advantage of this one-for-one match. Gifts are tax-deductible to nonprofit Crosscut, and you can donate online, or even spread your donations across a monthly schedule.

We have drawings each day from among those who donate. Betty Drumheller of Bellevue has won a pair of tickets to the Meany Hall program of Amancio Prada on April 30, when he will present a program of songs inspired by Garcia Lorca. The other prize winner of a $20 gift card to Bambino's Pizzeria in Belltown, Crosscut's pizza joint of choice for our fortnightly writers' lunches, is Bettina Finley, also of Bellevue. Today's two drawings will be for two tickets to Seattle Art Museum, with its current hot show of Nick Cave, and a $25 gift card for any of the Ivar's seafood restaurants.

At the end of the campaign, all who have become new or renewing Members will be entered in a drawing for an iPad2, the grand prize. All who donate at the $100 level will get a stylish, long-sleeved Crosscut tee shirt. And you might want to make sure you are a Member by this Thursday night, when we'll have a Members-come-free party in Pioneer Square, 109 S. Main St., 5-7:30 pm, to mark our fourth birthday and salute the new Pioneer Square renaissance.

Crosscut very much depends on the generosity of its Members, who contribute so that all may benefit from Crosscut's free website. Members earn benefits, such as ticket giveaways and discounts, parties, and other chances to meet newsmakers. The Members page details these benefits.

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Thanks! And remember that your donations will be doubled for the next few days, thanks to the generous matching gift. Please be generous and donate today.


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