The week has flown by. I can scarcely believe that a week ago I was quickly finishing up financial reports for our website, so that I could hang out at KEXP in the Hood in Ballard all day last Friday. Today was the day that a few of us hit our proverbial walls. The day moved passed as though I were watching it on the pledge drive closed circuit television system. There were points of acute clarity, sprinkled in, though.
Like when a seven year old came in and made a gift – $10 that her parents matched with another $10. Itâ€™s her allowance, and sheâ€™s â€œkept her room tidyâ€ and â€œcleaned the catâ€™s litter boxâ€ to earn it. She then noticed the Pledge Room TV and saw Kevin Cole in the booth on the screen, and they began a â€œcall and responseâ€ dance moves thing â€“ flying karate chops and all. She then ran into the booth to wave at all of us.
The hours I spent in the Pledge Room with a group of super creative and gregarious volunteers during Kevinâ€™s show are also crystal clear. The folks were constantly interacting with Kevin over the TV, spurring him on, hoping that heâ€™d play a Prince song for us. Yes, Prince. I hope weâ€™ll get our wish, today! Heâ€™s got a special song in mind and needs to bring in the CD, I think.
Anyway, I ended the day as fuzzy as Iâ€™d started it â€“ despite three cups of coffee and the super duper chocolate brownie I ate. Iâ€™m glad to have a few memories to share.
We ended the day 75% of the way to $450,000, with $331,309.42 gifts and pledges counted, so far. The staff and volunteers have been amazing and Iâ€™m really glad that Iâ€™ve been able to have this experience with these people. Thanks to everyone whoâ€™s made a gift and to everyone who will, tomorrow.
Thanks so much for your support.