Birthday Fundraising Project 2007

Ken-Friends Tote Bag
In 2007 the Ken-Friends marked the 20th anniversary of the founding of the Renaissance Theatre Company with their annual fundraising project. The design and production of a tote bag allowed us to send $4,977 US to Project Shakespeare.
Here is Kenneth Branagh's thank-you note:
"Calling all Ken-Friends!

It was particularly touching this year to have all the individual birthday cards from so many of you. The display in my house has been the envy of all my friends. They like me, express astonishment at the extent of the kindess, the immensity of the sums raised over the years, and the enthusiasm of this remarkable group.

I am so glad that this year I have had the chance to repay a little of this remarkable support with three films of which I'm very proud. Let me add too, that in the rough and tumble of critical reaction, the immediate support of the Ken Friends to at least be part of an early audience and make up their own minds, has been invaluable.

So thank-you at the start of my 48th year for the magnificent sum you have contributed to Project Shakespeare, and for the excellent Tote Bag, which brought back so many happy memories for me.

Next year I will perhaps see some of your faces in the darkness of the theatre for Ivanov. I can also promise you a major television project as an actor. Needless to say, other adventures may emerge. I hope you enjoy them all.

Meantime thank-you again for the most wonderful birthday treat - the enthusiasm (and hard-earned cash) of some great folk, who I am proud and delighted to call my (Ken) Friends.

Have a happy and peaceful holiday season.
And once again.
And again.
And again.

Ken Branagh"

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