Michele Berard provides an update on IMC’s Capital Campaign

It is with great enthusiasm that I write this note to you. In January, I joined the IMC team as the Campaign Manager after getting to know Peter and Campaign Co-Chairs Bethany DiNapoli and Dominique Alfandre. As I gained more insight about IMC, my excitement grew as it was clear – this is a pivotal moment in this extraordinary organization’s life.

Thank you for your continued support of IMC. Your investments enabled IMC to selflessly shift programming in the face of a crisis. IMC did not withdraw during the Covid-19 shutdowns. Instead, IMC opened-up, got creative, and connected with more people through a variety of media. IMC provided essential services in healing people through the power of dance. Upon reflection, the dancers, the staff, and the leadership felt a responsibility to help its community.

Now firmly planted in 2021, the Choreographing Our Future campaign is moving forward. There are two timelines running concurrently. The first is the building approval process with the City. Our hearing with the Zoning Board is scheduled for May 11th at 6:30 and we expect final approvals this summer. IMC should close on the property in the late summer and then break ground shortly thereafter.

The second timeline is an anonymous significant contribution to support the campaign after we reach the $3,000,000 threshold. This campaign is IMC’s first major fundraising campaign. The purpose of the Regional Center for Dance and Education far exceeds that of a new physical space for our company. It represents a true steward in partnership.

In addition to employing an objective viewpoint, I bring 24 years of nonprofit fund development experience.  Not only have I worked with organizations of varying sizes and scope, but I have also successfully helped organizations raise funds during the Covid 19 pandemic. I look forward to sharing my know-how and getting to know the friends, patrons, and volunteers of IMC.  Together we will create a new home and a legacy for IMC.


Michele Berard, MBA