Well, I set a personal goal of $1000.00 for the walk. As of today I’ve got donations to my web page totaling $1710.00 and I’ve got at least $200.00 yet to turn in. I am very happy with the outcome of a fundraising event held at the Vineyard Terrace Trattoria. That event raised $200.00 for the cause and the turnout was far beyond my expectations. I recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for a friendly quality dining experience in the Tustin area. Oh, they also cater special events.
While I am pleased with my personal effort my attempt to form a team and raise $8000.00 failed miserably.
The manager in me motivates me to analyze this performance. So, here’s my story! My sphere of influence has declined to the point that my ability to move people to act is becoming very limited. I can still count on family and close friends but moving beyond that is very tough. I’m not inclined to use Multiple Sclerosis to garner sympathy. I find myself traveling in circles that include fellow MS patients that are more mature and generally retired. That doesn’t strike me as a philanthropic gold mine! I sent 545 email messages to the Tustin and Irvine, CA Chambers of Commerce member companies. The result was one donation and I have an ongoing relationship with them. So…
I am going to, “throw in the towel” on trying to go big and bold. I will recognize the limits of my influence and work within those boundaries. I think I can dedicate myself to my individual effort and forget the team effort. I may even be able to top this year’s total!