At times, reaching it did seem very far away to me, but I always knew in the end we would get there - and we did.
And then some!
Let's take a look at our numbers!!
Online FUNdraising: $107,025
Paypal donations: $1500
Offline donations $1100
Auctions + poster sales $5650
Team member Sarah $1055
Team member Shana $860
So, for those people out there in the world who thought we couldn't raise $100,000 - I suppose you were right. We didn't raise $100,000 - WE RAISED $117,190 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Guess how much they raised at Dog-A-Thon this year? $234,000. Yep, do the math friends, and be very, very proud - WE RAISED HALF OF THAT!!!
Throughout the FUNdraiser, we had a few days devoted to specific programs and causes. Below you'll see how much we raised for each - these amounts are included in the $117,190 total.
Foster Program - $8000
Special Needs Cats & Kittens - $6000
Senior Cats - $13000
Spay & Neuter Programs - $7000
Food Bank / Meals on Wheels - $ 7000
And in all our years of FUNdraising, look at how much The Itty Bitty Kitty Committee Community has raised.....
Year 1 = $23,000
Year 2 = $48,000
Year 3 = $66,000
Year 4 = $87,000
Year 5 = $117,190
For a grand total of $341,190! Can you believe it???!!!!! That is SO MANY SQUILLIONS!
Thank you, everyone, who contributed to this huge success! Thank you for giving those squillions and for saying "I wish I could give more". Thank you for helping us meet every match presented. Thank you for sharing our links and telling your friends about our cause. Thank you for cheering us along. Thank you for believing we could do it. Thank you for your many kind words and comments.
Thank you for caring so much and wanting to help the homeless cats and kittens. Thank you for being good people and reminding us of how much kindness and compassion is out there in the world. Thank you for not going away while we asked again and again and again for more squilions.
Thank you, EVERYONE!!!!
And a big thank you to Craig, who is always so tolerant and wonderful during this busy time. Thank you for not minding the extra clutter that accumulated, the neglected tasks, or the telethon set on the kitchen table. Thank you for being so supportive. Thank you for creating the lovely painting of Wylla to auction off. It was perfect.
Thank you to my dear pal, Jay Bryant, for designing our awesome poster. I know you're a busy guy, and I appreciate you finding time to squeeze us in.
Thank you to Natalie for matching our donations with warm, fuzzy hand-made kitty beds.
Thank you to Christy at Libertine Tacoma for donating a portion of their sales!
Thank you Marlene for matching dollars with kitty sketches!
Thank you to Wylla and Charlene for taking so many shifts on the phones. I know it cut into your napping, and I appreciate the sacrifices you made over the past month.
Thank you to Opal the Human, Ellis, and Jennifer for paying us a visit and bringing us a donation that inspired others to give.
Thank you to Sarah and Shana for being a part of Team IBKC again, setting awesome goals, and going beyond them! Well done, ladies!
Thank you to Ninja Bob, Blixa, Jim, Lynn, Alex, Craig, Sarah and Shana for walking the walk!
Thank you to Sue for loaning us her precious kittens to take a few shifts on the phone banks.
Thank you Marguerite and the whole HS for all the support.
Thanks to the generous bidders on our auction items.
Thanks to all the families of our alumni who shared the pictures and stories of their former IBKs.
Thanks to all the families and alumni that let us come visit them.
Thank you to Mary, Lynn and Alex, Sarah E, Alison, Eleanor, Wendy, Rosemary, Laura and Roger who offered up some very generous matching donation challenges.
Thank you to our big-hearted Awesome Anonymous Donor who matched so many matches. You are awesomely awesome and we wouldn't have hit our goal without your help.
And last, but certainly not least, thank you dear Cynthia. You mean the world to us and when I think of you and all you give, and the many ways you give, I always get misty. I am so grateful that you found your way to us. If I thanked you every second of every day in my life, that still wouldn't feel adequate. I know you get a wee bit embarrassed when we gush about you, but you are so gush-worthy. We love you and your huge heart.
I hope I'm not forgetting anyone - I am tired, and my brain isn't functioning at 100% today. Please forgive me if I have.
We've done something really huge, and I hope you're feeling as proud of us as I am right now. By providing all of these squillions to our shelter, we are giving them the resources to care for this population of homeless cats and kittens, get them healthier and happier, and help them find their forever families.
Thank you, dear IBKC Community. Your generosity and support made tears well and hearts swell. We love you and are touched deeply by your kindness and compassion.