About $20,000 has been raised, Hayes said, and sales of buttons are estimated to bring in $12,000 to $15,000. First Night buttons cost $15 and allow admission to performance venues, he said, but some activities will be free.
Funding applications with foundations are pending and will be key to making the budget, Hayes said. The board is seeking creative ways to raise money, and this year organizers are issuing donors of $100 buttons identifying them in the “Circle of One Hundred’’ benefactors.
“Nothing happens without money,’’ Hayes said. “The need is still very much there.’’
Hayes said the First Night Oneonta board has evolved into a year-round presenting and fundraising group. First Night had roles in presenting activities for July Fourth and the Labor Day balloon festival, he said. The recent screenings of classic films at the Oneonta Theatre have been a fundraisers for First Night events, Hayes said.
The Dady Brothers, Walt Michael and some other musicians and performers are re-appearing on the schedule. But to interest a spectrum of listeners, the music genres were broadened this year, Hayes said. The styles scheduled include Indonesian, bagpipe, polka (with space for dancing), Broadway, jazz, classical music and more, he said.
“The last thing we want to do is become repetitive and predictable,’’ Hayes said. “Everyone can find a home at First Night.’’