MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Since the fire on Saturday, there has been an outpouring of support for BTW.
The organization leading the fundraising charge is the BTW F.A.M.E. Foundation, which stands for Friends of Art & Academic Magnet Education. This non-profit group that has existed for years to provide financial resources beyond what is available from the school system.
"We don't want a chance to slip by for someone to be able to travel, have an experience or have the equipment that is going to set them apart," said Val Winkelman.
Val Winkelman is the mother of two BTW graduates and is a member of the F.A.M.E. board. Over the years the group has witnessed students like Wendy White Sasser who danced with Alvin Ailey Dance Company, Musician Albert Allenback a member of the group Tank and the Bangas, Andy Mills who made it to Broadway, and others go on to do great things from BTW.
"I think it is a hidden gem in the community that not many people are aware of," said Winkelman.
Since the fire, the F.A.M.E. Foundation has been working to make the most of donations from the community.
"We are collaborating. We are looking to see what we are going to be able to just to replace the things lost and what the scope of that is," said Winkelman.
Winkelman says it has been amazing to see how so many have stepped up to help including alumni who are miles away.
"They are in great contact with each other. There was a meeting in Nashville, New York, and Chicago," said Winkelman.
To donate and learn more about the BTW F.A.M.E. Foundation click here.
The F.A.M.E. Foundation is focused right now on BTW immediate needs in the wake of the fire. They say all money raised will benefit teachers and students. The foundation, however, is also working toward the larger goal of funding a new building for BTW. They say the school is in desperate need of state-of-the-art visual and performing arts facilities.