March 29, 2011

L O C O Event and...

So the marathon has come and passed and it is quite a relief to be done.  For the past few weeks I've been riding a high because the fundraising has picked up for the lack of training I've done lately. 

As many of you may know, we had the L O C O event this past Tuesday.  I was never nervous about the event not following through because we had great auction prizes, great committee members, and a great venue.  So thanks to the entire committee and many more people, the event was one of the greatest nights.  A few of my friends enjoyed the event and it was great to mingle with so many people.  On to the numbers... We ended up raising roughly $22,000 in the one night.  Amazing.  We starting the night around $64,000 total so this put us close to the all-time record for CCFA of $95,687. 

In the same week how could we possibly top such a great event?  Well, we began planning what to do next.  Yard sales, car washes, bake sales, basketball tournaments, pub crawls, casino night, and many more are in the works.  Even though we should be sitting back and enjoying being only $10,000 away from the record with three months away, the competitive nature of this committee will not rest.

This morning, while trying to figure out creative ways to raise funds, my father came up with a good idea to get some funds right away.  He contacted many of the donors and said basically "what do you guys think of this idea, if you can offer $500/$1,000 I will match everyone who gives that amount right now?"  The idea was kind of a question to get feedback, but right away people donated as if he was asking them to spot the money.  Also, MEEB spotted $7,500 that is expected to be earned from the IREM golf tournament that is being played in honor of Stephen Marcus.

That may be a lot of numbers so I'll break it down... This morning in the first four hours of the day we raised roughly $20,000.  We are currently at or above $106,000 and have officially became the number one CCFA fundraiser of all-time!  When the Team New England first told us the all-time record I told the committee we could definitely do it.  However, that was more of a motivational tool and didn't actually think we would make it, at least not this soon.  Basically, the L O C O event yielded roughly 31,000 from ticket sales and the raffle/auction.  After the event we have raised roughly $20,000.  That means we have raised over $50,000 in one week. 

We still have three months and I'd like to thank you all for the incredible support.  The committee wants to absolutely destroy the previous record and set ourselves apart by even more.  This fundraising is a crazy thrill.  I'm glad to be a part of something that is truly extraordinary.

Also, The following link is a link to my Marathon video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sAde-BNEKn8


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