A Message from The Chairman, February 2017

One thing we are very thankful for here at the IJA is the generosity of donors. Not only do donations help us keep our operations going, but sometimes anonymous donors opt to fund specific festival items that simply would not be possible otherwise.

Last year, anonymous donors iiWii (“It Is What It Is”) and Unna Med (“unnamed”) made IJA history by funding an increase in Stage Championships prize money of over $30,000!

Though 2016 was a one time deal for a major prize money offering like this, Unna Med has again donated funds to increase this year’s Championships prize money beyond the IJA’s normal contribution.

Speaking of donor money being used at the festival, one of the most talked about new additions from last year was the free brunch. This was a highly successful item, as it not only saved our attendees money (and time) for food but also offered a fun social dining environment to start the day. iiWii funded this function in 2016 and has kindly decided to once again fund brunch this year at the IJA Festival!

Other festival-centric items we’ve had at the IJA festival have been various “Fun Funds” and “Awesomeness Funds” made possible by iiWii and Unna Med, respectively. With these, a certain amount of money is earmarked to enhance the overall enjoyment of the festival. The money is used to pay for extra festival items to make the event more exciting for the festival attendees, rather than simply covering general festival expenses. In the past these funds have added things like: board games, DJ services, obstacle courses, and onsite massage stations.

I’m pleased to announce that Unna Med is funding the Awesomeness Fund once again this year! We are currently assembling a committee of dedicated IJA members to research and make educated spending selections. Just what kind of awesomeness will they come up with? Stay tuned to find out!

Festival registration is now open. See all the details on our website.  Come for the brunch and awesomeness, stay for the juggling.

I’m kidding, of course. With all the major things we have lined up for the big seven-zero, come for whatever reasons make you happy. Just don’t forget to grab a few plates of complimentary hot food and enjoy some extra activities while you’re there!

Thankful for all our wonderful donors,

Nathan Wakefield
IJA Chairman

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Nathan is a juggler from Southeast Michigan. He first learned to juggle in college, and has written for the website Streetjuggling.com. He previously served as Chairman of the IJA and also held various officer positions. When he is not frantically trying to learn new manipulation skills, he enjoys producing music, acting, and watching horror films.

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