Susan Baker-Dillingham of Los Alamos, left, and NMWIF President Christine McHugh. Courtesy photo
ALBUQUERQUE ― New Mexico Women in Film (NMWIF) announced Sunday, Sept. 17, that they have received a generous gift of $13,000 from Susan Baker-Dillingham, founder and executive director of the New Mexico Dance Theater Performance Company (NMDT-PC).
NMDT-PC was established in 2005 as a 501(c)(3) organization that focused on enriching the lives of New Mexico students through the art of dance. NMDT-PC brought training and performance to Los Alamos teaching hundreds of students and entertaining audiences with eleven years of performances and community events. In 2016 NMDT-PC closed its doors on the school and sought to transfer the remaining funds to a worthy 501(c)(3) organization.
“After closing NMDT-PC last year, I began a new pursuit regarding my dream of acting for film and television. I am proud to donate a portion of the non-profit funds that we gathered over the years to another worthy non-profit in New Mexico,” said Susan Baker-Dillingham on gifting this money.
NMWIF will use the bulk of these funds for their Scholarship Grant Program for Members, with a new scholarship program for women over the age of 40 entering the film industry.
“We’ve been given an amazing opportunity with Susan’s gift to serve our members who are seeking career reinvention at midlife in the film and media arts. In choosing us to transfer her 501c3 funds she helps to raise the profile of all or our women members looking to make a mark in New Mexico filmmaking,” Christine McHugh, president of NMWIF said.
The Scholarship Grant Program for Members has awarded funds to over 35 members since 2010 to support their career development. NMWIF is proud to offer this program as one of many benefits of membership with the organization.