Friday, February 25, 2011

Fundraising Campaign: 110% RAISED!!!! 24 hours and 54 minutes before our deadline

Updated Friday February 27 at 11:06 pm...

WE'RE DONE!!!!


We told you at the end of November that we needed money to see us through to the end of February. A rather daunting $56,000.

By the end of December, you'd sent us over $35,000.  Staggering.  And we knew we could go ahead with our production of My Name Is Asher Lev.  


By the end of January, another $10,000.  

But by February, it had slowed to a trickle.  A few more gifts as we hit the last week of February, but it wasn't looking like we'd make that last five grand.

Until I drove up to my house Friday night, and my next door neighbour waves me over. Marty, from Long Island. He's sitting in his car: that's where he goes to smoke. He rolls down his window. "Ron, get over here. I gotta tell ya something." Imagine Julia Mackey as Jake Spleen.  "Get in."  I got in.  "I'm going to give you five thousand dollars."

He didn't know anything about our deadline. He didn't know anything about our campaign. He's just my neighbour. All he knows is, I run a theatre, he's never been there, but he knows theatres need money. 

I told him it was a miracle, if he didn't mind me saying. I told him five grand was pretty much exactly how much money I needed to reach the $56K I had to raise in the next three days.  And he goes, "Yeah, something told me I was s'posed ta give it to ya.  Five thousand."    

So how's that for a dramatic finish?  Got me thinking about the Christmas movie I thought about many times in December, as your gifts kept arriving.  No, not How The Grinch Stole Christmas.  Another one.

So I came in and put on the last chapter, and thought about George Bailey, and what makes a man wealthy.

Thanks.  Merry Christmas, everyone.

Ron "George Bailey" Reed

PS Sunday afternoon, an email from some other PT friends. They're sending $5000. Wow.


PS Here's how it played itself out...

200 + 200 + 25 + 100 + 18 + 12.56 + 480.5 + 100 + 50 + 25 + 5000 + 400 + 50 + 5000 + 500 + 150 + 150 + 150 + 35 + 50 + 100 + 50 + 20 + 200 + 50 + 250 + 150 + 50 + 50 + 50 + 50 + 50 + 25 + 20 + 100 + 100 + 20 + 2000 + 1000 + 25 + 20 + 25 + 25 + 30 + 1000 + 25 + 150 + 50 + 40 + 27 + 100 + 50 + 100 + 10 + 100 + 50 + 250 + 30 + 1000 + 1000 + 2000 + 250 + 25 + 10 + 25 + 11.50 + 6 + 100 + 300 + 4325 + 250 + 100 + 100 + 1000 + 150 + 100 + 100 + 20 + 50 + 40 +20 + 200 +50 + 40 +100 + 47.01 + 50 + 400 + 1000 + 10 + .66 + .48 + .45 + .96 + 100 + 20 + 500 + 50 + 500 + 150 + 100 + 500 + 1200 + 1000 + 300 + 50 + 5 +250 + 300 + 300 + 75 + 300 + 150 + 200 + 100 + 100 + 200 + 25 + 5 + 500 + 1000 + 50 + 500 + 10 + 40 + 40 + 100 + 50 + 300 +250 + 5 + 200 + 100 + 101 + 25 + 20 + 200 + 1000 + 50 + 150 + 70 + 20 + 50 + 20 + 80.75 + 20 + 5 + 50 + 500 + 50 + 20 + 1500 + 250 + 250 + 25 + 40 + 200 + 144.15 + 72.08 + 192.50 + 1500 + 100 + 50 + 100 + 20.72 + 25 + 100 + 10 + 25 + 50 + 100 +100 + 200 + 500 + 10 +5 + 50 + 50 + 100 + 100 + 50 + 50 +25 + 60 + 30 + 5000 + 5000 + 1100 in bids on our Silent Auction Art Show in the lobby = $61,476.32!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

And, as before, heartfelt thanks to everyone who has donated so far. We have the best audience in the world!!!


5 comments:

gilliebean said...

I've got tears in my eyes. So overwhelmed!

jasongoode said...

Wow.

Kerri said...

That is amazing.

Shalyn said...

INCREDIBLE!
Prayers: answered.

Don said...

congrats Ron -- you guys deserve it.