Help Save Serbian American Museum St. Sava in Chicago

by 1389 on July 28, 2012

in 1389 (blog admin), Chicago, Serbia

SAMS Letterhead
Dear Members and Friends:

This is to advise you of the current, unfortunate and desperate situation at SAMS. In the previous letter dated July 10, 2012 (Tesla’s BD) you were informed where we stand. At our last board meeting July 17, 2012, we re-evaluated all options regarding taxes due on July 26th, the Board Treasurer reported a bank balance of $6,500.  Again, the 448 W Barry taxes are due in the amount of $46,000. Can we, as a community, raise the additional $40.000, in a few days, weeks, months? If this does not happen, our 2010 taxes will be sold on August 3, 2012. Because of this situation, we will be in default of our mortgage and face foreclosure. This is a SOS call for the Serbian community to rise to the occasion and save this precious and unique property and organization with a six decade long history.  The present board tried all possible options to save and develop the museum despite our long standing financial burden. Without your help and involvement, we will not be able to sustain. If we are unable to pay these taxes, the board will have no alternative but to take necessary action to sell the property. It’s tragic that in a city with the largest Serbian population outside of Belgrade, is unable to achieve this goal. At minimum, the Museum would need 400 people within our Serbian community to contribute $100 each to save this historic institution!

The board would like to express its appreciation to those Members and Friends who have helped thus far, and ask those that are willing and able to please step forward and join us in this challenge of saving this cultural foothold. Should you have any further questions please call the Museum.

Sincerely,

SAMS Board of Directors

 

Postovani clanovi i prijatelji,

Ovim pismom zelimo da vas obavestimo o teskoj i ocajnoj situaciji u kojoj se SAMS nalazi. U prethodnom pismu datiranom 10. jula, 2012 (Teslin rodjendan) smo vas obavestili o finansijskoj situaciji. Na proslom sastanku uprave 17. jula, 2012 smo razmatrali sve mogucnosti u vezi sa placanjem poreza na nekretnine koji mora da se plati do 26. jula. Na cekovnom racunu trenutno imamo $6,500, a iznos koji se mora namiriti za porez je $46.000. Da li nasa srpska zajednica moze da sakupi $40.000 u narednih nekoliko dana? U slucaju da to ne budemo u stanju, nas porez ce biti prodat na javnoj aukciji 3 avgusta, 2012. Posledica ce biti, da necemo moci da ispunimo obaveze prema poveriocima, sto povlacii proces “foreclosure”, odnosno bankrot. Ovo je SOS poziv svim Srbima da se okupimo i sacuvamo dragocenu i jedinstvenu imovinu ustanove stare sest decenija. Sadasnji upravni odbor pokusava sve sto je u ljudskoj moci da sacuva i oplemeni muzej uprkos teskom novcanom dugu. Bez vase pomocii i ucesca, ocigledno je da se muzej nece odrzati. Ukoliko se porez ne plati, odbor nece imati izbora, vec da preduzme potrebne korake da proda imovinu. Tragicno bi bilo da nema cak ni 400 ljudi srpskog porekla koji bi doprineli sa po 100 dolara da se sacuva ova istorijska ustanova. Za blize i podrobnije informacije zovite Muzej,

S postovanjem,

Uprasvni odbor

How to donate:

  • Click HERE to open the SAMS page in a new window.
  • Scroll down and look for the photo of the house in the right sidebar.
  • Click on the red DONATE button below the photo to donate via PayPal.

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