This was the first really down year for First Night Alexandria since 2000.

  • The City’s contribution was down
  • The weather was bad; drizzle and rain all day which directly affected 12/31 badge sales.
  • DASH nearly doubled its fees unexpectedly
  • Contract support and the management fee were increased slightly
  • Printing costs nearly doubled due to increased prices.  By using multiple printers to spread the business we lost economies of scale.
  • All this contributed to the first time since 2000 that we ended the year with a negative balance.  However, we didn’t dip into savings (management deferred payment several times in 2007 rather than go into reserves)
  • Getting volunteers to work in Del Ray was a struggle