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BRACA holds fundraiser at Hinsch’s

It was an early Christmas for the Bay Ridge Arts and CulturalAlliance (BRACA), which raised over $300 at an event outside ofnewly reopened Hinsch’s on December 3. The funds will be used tolaunch a website and e-newsletter.

It’s important to have a site and regular monthly communicationto all members, explained Michelle Farkouh, a visual artist andBRACA member.

Having a site legitimizes us, makes us official and alwaysavailable, she added. We want to keep up to date with all thearts and culture going on in Bay Ridge. There is a lot of dance,community theater and performance here. BRACA is really an umbrellaorganization for all of that.

Victoria Hofmo, founder of BRACA, said that Hinsch’s was theperfect location to do this. I thought it would be nice to do ithere, since we support local artists and also local businesses,she said. We are so happy that it has reopened again.

The afternoon kicked off with a chorus from Narrows CommunityTheater singing Christmas carols. There was an arts and craftstable set up on the sidewalk, where kids could either make a puppetor a hat from the book, The Snow Queen. Hofmo was even dressed upas the title character.

In addition, if you bought a Hinsch’s egg cream for $25, profitswent to BRACA’s new website and newsletter and to therestaurant.

BRACA is a non-profit organization that launched this springwith the help of Councilmember Vincent Gentile. Those who wish tomake a donation can drop it off at the Nordic Delicacies, 6909Third Avenue. Hofmo will be there collecting on Saturday December10 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. If you can’t make it then, a box fordonations will be set up outside the storefront thereafter.

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