In the immortal words of our founder:
What? Over? Did you say "over"? Nothing is over until we decide it is! Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor? Hell no!
Er, sorry, wrong founder.
The fact is, the fundraiser is now over. Well, no, only a part of it is. The friendly competition between the services is indeed over, with more than $78,000.00 showing right now. That total is not final, however, as I believe a few more checks have come in/are coming in and the final total is still some days away.
No, we didn't make our goal, but we knew we wouldn't from the start. There were a number of factors in play that meant we would not make the $250,000.00 goal. While I wish we could have raised more, I am glad we raised what we did, and I point out cheerfully that Team Army is -- so far -- leading the way. While it would have been nice to make the goal, I think we are all glad for what we did raise and I want to thank each of you that contributed.
It doesn't matter if you sent a dollar or many dollars -- each of them goes fully towards hardware that helps wounded and disabled service members cope, adapt, and overcome. Each dollar has a direct and tangible positive benefit. A sticker on the car makes you feel good, the money here makes one of those warriors feel good about themselves and their abilities at what has to be one of the most uncertain times of their lives.
To quote another, "Ya done good." You did, and what you did is appreciated by us all.
Keep in mind that it really isn't over. Funds can be donated any time of the year for this important project. Right now, we have enough to meet -- I think -- the immediate requests from caseworkers and therapists. With your continued help, we can do more. So, whether it's literally change or an end-of-year donation for tax purposes, please do look to Valour-IT.
Now, I'm going to break a rule here and bring up another charity. According to said rules, one should never mention another charity anywhere near your own. Rules, however, are made to be broken -- especially in a creative and productive manner. Years ago, I met Pat Tallman -- better known to many here as Lyta Alexander on Babylon 5 -- and helped raise some technology and other donations for her cause, Penny Lane. Penny Lane often deals not just with children who've had it rough, but with some of the most abused children out there. As Pat put it to several of us, they work with the kids no one else can or will. Penny Lane is/was the charity of the Hollywood Stunt Professionals (which is how Pat got involved I believe) and it was a pleasure to do something for this cause.
During the recent fundraiser, I accepted a cause request on Facebook from Pat. I challenged in return and while I haven't had a chance to check to see if said challenge was taken, I am pointing this out this cause and suggesting strongly that you should check it out. Fact is, the rules are wrong: I will cheerfully scratch Pat's back on this, because I am confident that said scratch will be returned by her or by another. In times tight or otherwise, we need to work together. So, please do check it out and do what you can for them as well.
I know times are tight, but keep in mind that there are ways to be sure your dollar does something truly good. Not just a feel good for you, but something that can and will have a positive impact on another and make them feel not just good right now, but in the future as well. You can make that difference with as little as a dollar. Please do what you can, keep Valour-IT in mind, and accept my thanks for all you HAVE done.
Once again, you've stood up and made a difference. Thanks.