Sunday, April 29, 2018

Looking Back on the April 25th 2018 Successful Fund Raising Event – Spring2ACTion

In the words of our Spring2ACTion chairman Randall Eliason, “we crushed it!!” Our total online donations (including matching grant funds) were $33,317.00.

In addition, we earned $1000 in prize money for having the most donors during the 3-4 pm power hour, earned $2000 for having the most donors for the entire day of any arts organization, and earned $500 for 4th place in the number of donors among all participating organizations.

That brings our total to $36,817.00 - beating our goal of $35,000. 

And that's before we add in whatever we earned from Virtue Feed & Grain through their donation of 20% of the checks from the night.

We ended up with 437 donors -  more than double the number of donors over last year, and about double the money that we brought in.  Last year we were 16th in number of total donors among all organizations (4th place this year) and were 4th place for number of donors among arts organizations (1st place this year).
This was a big, big success, and very important for our financial well-being. Thank you to all members for their efforts. Finally, another huge thank you to Ken and Kim Fess, whose extremely generous matching grant gave us a huge boost for the day. Also we thank the six anonymous donors for their matching grant too.

Our donors were among 9,380 that gave $1,768,501 to benefit 157 nonprofit organizations serving Alexandria. It was a record-breaking Spring2ACTion support for the city.

Thanks to Randall, all of us were provided very useful email samples and instructions to send to friends and contacts.  His reminders to get the job done helped too.

At the party on Wed. eve at Virtue, Randall had a screen to play constant updates online and we all watched as the dollar donation amount climbed and the number of donors went over 400.

There were several VIP guests who attended from the city including Mayor Allison Silberberg who stopped by to present and read a proclamation from her office on behalf of the Harmonizers’ 70th anniversary.  Director Joe Cerutti thanked the mayor on our behalf and then led the chorus in singing “Let Me Call You Sweetheart” to her before she had to leave the party. (Thanks to Dean Rust for helping coordinate the proclamation. )

Chorus members and their families had a great social time too and the chorus sang several times for those other patrons in the restaurant.

Until next time – editorjack! 

(This message is prepared for your review if you were there, for your information if you had to miss, and as a historical record of the great things going on each week during the 70th year of the Alexandria Harmonizer Chapter. —YeEd