LETTER: VCA deserves islanders’ support

To those of you who are worrying over who did what with the money originally earmarked as an endowment for VCA, my advice is to take a deep breath and get over it. We entrusted then-director Molly Reed and others with managing the building process and making tough decisions while juggling bank loans, donor timetables, grants and the conditions of each, and then finding accessible funds to pay contractors. If you have ever built a house or remodeled a kitchen, you can begin to understand that the scope of this project was enormous. Molly and the VCA board did a Herculean job of making it all happen so that Kay White could enjoy seeing her dream realized while she was still well enough to participate.

We all understand that a $6 million endowment was a promise that made all of us more comfortable with giving. Now that we know it was necessary to use some of those funds to keep the project on track, we have two choices. We can play the blame game and resent those who are trying to make things right again, or trust that the mission of the Vashon Center for the Arts is still very much alive and deserves our continuing support. VCA has improved the quality of our lives and our community in myriad ways. If you need something to worry about, there are lots of things happening nationally that are more deserving of your attention and rage. Please, let this one go.

— Gerry & Mike Feinstein

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