Dear Chess Supporter,
Do you know that over the last few years the Chess Trust has sent more than 2,000 chess sets and boards to more than 300 schools nationwide along with free chess memberships to needy students?
Do you know that our scholarships are supported by charitable donations and that we do not receive any government funding? As you know, the benefits of chess will last a lifetime.
We would like to share three other recent experiences that demonstrated the value of the U.S. Chess Trust.
On July 31, 2010, we presented many of the players in the Arnold Denker High School Tournament of Champions with their medallions at the opening ceremony and spoke about Arnold’s career and his many contributions to chess. All the Denker participants are true champions and Barbara and I are proud that the Trust and the Denker family have supported this event for over 25 years.
One week later, I was proud to induct five- time U.S. Women’s Champion Diane Savereide, and former U.S. Champions Jackson W. Showalter and Herman Steiner into the U.S. Chess Hall of Fame with Diane, Showalter’s great granddaughter, Amy, and Steiner’s son, Eugene, making acceptance speeches.
In September, Harold traveled to St. Louis, visited the museum site and met with Rex Sinquefield, who is funding the reestablishment of the Chess Hall of Fame and Museum in St. Louis just across the street from the fabulous St. Louis Chess Club. We have been in negotiations with Rex and his attorneys throughout last year on behalf of the Trust and we look forward to the reopening of the Museum in 2011. The Chess Trust works in many ways to support American chess and we need your help to realize our mission.
The Trust is proud of supporting successful American teams and players in the World Youth and in the Olympiads.
The Trust donated $7500 in scholarships divided among five students, based on academics and chess, with the aid of the National Scholastic Chess Foundation and we work with the Scholastic Council to determine eligibility for free USCF memberships.
We also send chess sets to Americans serving in our armed forces overseas.
We continued to support the Collegiate Final Four, the College Tournament of Champions and the U.S. Blind Championship.
A new exciting project is the Second Koltanowski Conference on Chess and Education that the Trust is co-funding with the University of Texas at Dallas to be held in late 2011.
This conference will bring together research in the last decade demonstrating the positive effects of chess on students. You can earmark all or part of your donation to the Conference.
You can also donate to the Trust in honor of someone who has died.
Check our website: www.uschesstrust.org.
Our Combined Federal Campaign Number is 10212.
Our trustees represent all parts of the nation and serve without compensation. Your donations are federally tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.
Thanks for your help!
Harold J. Winston
Barbara A. DeMaro
P.S. Dr. Whatley and Stan Wegarski recently left legacies in their Will in support of the great work of the U.S. Chess Trust.
I would be grateful if you considered leaving a legacy.
Please don’t hesitate to give me a call at 845 527 1167 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, I would be happy to answer any questions you may have.