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Dear Patrons & Friends,

I cannot begin any communication without wishing you health and safety in these unprecedented times. Be well.

But also, especially at this time of year, I want to express the thankfulness of the Board of the Patrons to you for being part of the Illinois Chapter of the Patrons of the Arts in the Vatican Museums and supporters and participants in its programs.

There is a great deal of wisdom about gratitude both in serious writing and emblazoned on cards and various samplers. All I know is that when we cultivate thankfulness, we know we are not alone. There are others accompanying us as who we are and in what we care about. As we physically social distance, this awareness and the sense of connection it brings means more than ever. So, on behalf the Patrons Board, our gratitude to you comes from our deep sense of community with you in our shared mission. We are together.

With gratitude,

Anne Shea
President

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