1) Groupon Grassroots: Recently, we were awarded a Groupon Grassroots Campaign during which $10 donations are taken to help fund one Lunch Bunch meal for the families being treated up on the 7th floor of Children's Hospital of Richmond (This is our meal program for which we have teamed up with Connor's Heroes Foundation). The campaign is live through Sept. 23rd and is taking $10 donations right now. The "tipping point" is $300. It's difficult to imagine that we wouldn't reach that amount but if somehow we don't, then the funds raised up to that point are not distributed and no one's credit card will be charged. If nothing else, we get exposure and experience.
If the tipping point is reached, which it will, then the Lunch Bunch is guaranteed one more event. We hope we end up with several.
2) The Amazing Raise: This is an exciting, 36-hour fundraising event being hosted by The Community Foundation/GiveRichmond.org. It begins Wednesday, Sept. 19 at 6:00AM (we'll post the link as soon as we possibly can after it goes live at 6:00:01AM) and ends the next day at 6:00PM. There are MANY creative ways to win matching funds and CJSTUF will be aiming for three specifically.
The first is the 50/50 Early Bird Match. The first 15 organizations (and there are dozens) that receive 50 unique donations of $50 will receive $2,500 matching grants from the Community Foundation (That's FIVE families helped). So please plan to wake up early and help us capitalize on this opportunity.
The second is called "Midnight Madness." Simply put, the donation (of at least $25) that comes in closest to midnight on Wed night will receive an extra $1,000 (2 families). We will be having a wildly fun karaoke party at ComedySportz in Richmond starting at 10:00PM and when midnight approaches, we will countdown to zero and get everyone to push the "send" buttons as close to 12:00 as possible. YOU are invited. Come stay up late on a school night. You know you've always wanted to!
The third focal area is the "Lunch Break" on Thursday 12:00PM-2:00PM. The organization that receives the most unique donations of $25 or more within that time frame will win $1,000 (2 more families helped). We will be lunching at Pepicelli's Pizza in Ashland during that time and any donations that come in throughout the Lunch Break will be applied to the Lunch Bunch. (Pepi's, by the way, just happens to be CJSTUF's Business Of The Month for September; another great reason to come in!)
There is a fourth area that we think we could win and that's the Long Distance Donor Award. The donation that comes in from the farthest point on the planet (determined by billing address of the card used) will earn the non-profit $1,000 (2 MORE families) The Network is pretty widespread and if the right people donate (all you in Europe, New Zealand, Australia, Japan, Malaysia, Africa, China, Korea, etc... know who you are!), we could win that one as well.
Last year was our first experience with the Amazing Raise and with very little effort, you helped us raise just over $1,000 (2 families). This year, if we win only one of the contests at which we're aiming, we'll more than double that.
3 and 4) Rachel still continues to hold her own in the two voting-based contests. The Eagle Rare Life contest has her at 4732 at this writing and we have no way of knowing how well she's doing in the Lady Godiva Program. Just keep voting every 24 hours and we'll let you know something when we do.
5) The "Every Day Is A Bonus" Fall Art Auction is coming up on Friday October 19th. We've already started receiving reservations and artist donations, some of which are pretty amazing. There will be live and silent auctions featuring paintings, photographs, children's art, stained glass art, arts services and an interactive experience where live artists will be creating pieces right there in front of everyone. And don't forget the chocolate dessert bar! If you'd like to reserve your place, click here.
6) Did we mention that Pepicelli's Pizza is the Business Of The Month for September? We won't have a BOTM for October due to the Art Auction. We'll let you know about Nov. and Dec. as we get closer. This post is long enough already!
We'll rest in January.