OH friends, what a morning it's been! I knew we would be rolling past our hefty $100,000 goal, but I didn't think we would see it happen so early in the day!
For those who weren't able to follow along, this how it all played out...
We started out the day with a total of $86,125. Cynthia offered up another match of $2500, which would take us over the top if met, then donations starting coming in at a steady pace. We were about $700 away from meeting the match, and I expected it would be an hour or so before we rolled it over, but nope, it came sooner than that. A $2100 donation from an anonymous donor came through and took us over the top! And then a couple more huge donations came in, I added Cynthia's match and we were past $106,000 in a matter of moments!
It was all very exciting and even though we knew we would reach our goal, the ending was unexpected, and left me speechless.
After a few tears of joy, actually some pretty heavy sobs, I gave Cynthia a call and we had a nice chat about the FUNdraiser, all of you fine folks, and the wonderfulness that comes out of the event each year.
Marguerite, our friend and director of development at the HS, stopped by a few minutes later with a large balloon bouquet attached to a bag filled with some lovely gifts and gift cards that were donated by several local businesses. In typical cat fashion, both Charlene and Wylla were excited by the ribbons tied to the bag, but frightened by the hovering balloons.
Next came more phone calls, emails, and texts from friends and family congratulating us all! It's been quite a morning!
We accomplished something pretty huge and I am so very proud of us. This community is lovely - so generous and kind. The way you give not only helps the homeless cats and kittens, it helps us humans out too. With each donation and act of support, you show compassion and kindness which reminds us of that there is a great deal of goodness in this world.
Thank you dear people of the IBKC community. You truly make this world a better place. Thank you for giving and caring.
I'm not done thanking you yet - I've got much more to say and lots of individuals to thank as well. That will all come on Monday, when I write the wrap-up post and share our totals!
Because we've met our goal, I won't be pestering anyone for more donations, but if you were planning on donating, and just haven't gotten around to doing so yet, I'll be leaving the Firstgiving widget on our blog to make it easy for you to do.
Now, I must go and prepare for tomorrow's event. Please join us if you can! We're gathering near the DAT registration area shortly before 10:30. We'll be easy to spot - we'll be the only "cat people" in a large sea of "dog people'.
We love you,