Please, Fork it Over!

I’m going to use the All-Star break as an excuse to veer waaaaay off from my normal TWC-stylings.

I come to you, oh faithful TWC reader, on bended knee, asking for your help.  There is a Buffalo-based cause that is very near and dear to my heart, and I would like to ask you to donate a small amount of money to keep it up and running.

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One of my good friends, Debby Klein, runs a small, non-profit program called the Buffalo Outdoor Sports Association.

Here is a short description of the service that BOSA provides:

The Buffalo Outdoor Sports Association, LLC is a non-profit organization committed to providing year round adapted sports opportunities to children and young adults with developmental disabilities.

Founded by a pediatric physical therapist, BOSA provides challenging, meaningful group sports including skiing and cycling which are adapted to meet the special needs of its members.

The organization is run completely by volunteer staff and community donations with all funds collected going directly to sports programs and to expanding adapted sports opportunities to accommodate more members and more sports choices.

Every week, The Buffalo Outdoor Sports Association provides a meaningful sporting experience adapted for the individual needs of developmentally disabled children.  It’s a wonderful program, and they are doing truly awesome work.  This program is a labor of love.

Right now, the Buffalo Outdoor Sports Association is a fairly bare bones operation.  There are no paid employees, and the $6,000 annual budget is spent entirely on providing safe and fun group sports to kids who might otherwise not get to play.  BOSA survives from month to month on donations and small fund raisers.  All of the money collected goes directly to sports activities and transportation costs for the participants.

The Buffalo Outdoor Sports Association works hard to provide as much scholarship as possible.  The cycling programs are all FREE, and the participation fees for the skiing program are on a sliding scale based on ability to pay.  Basically, the more money BOSA has, the more kids they can bring skiing and biking.

So, the Buffalo Outdoor Sports Association needs our help!  One of the biggest weekly expenses for the program is busing.  It cost $300 a week to bus the kids out to Kissing Bridge to ski.  It’s my goal to provide a TWC sponsored bus ride this month.

Three hundred dollars.  We can do it!

I would LOVE to collect more than $300, but I’m a firm believer in setting small, attainable goals, so for now, we set our sights on $300.  You can rest assured that if this fund raiser is a smashing success and we accidentally raise enough money to pay for A MILLION buses and ten years of BOSA’s budget, the money will be well spent, and many children will benefit from your generosity.

If we wind up making over $300, the money will be spent on future transportation costs, or to grow the program.  One of the ways in which the program is expanding is with plans to purchase two tandem recumbent tricycles to include children with more severe disabilities in the cycling program.  (On a personal side note- how rad does a ride on a tandem recumbent tricycle sound? That’s awesome! Triking with my BFF?!  Sweet!)  I can offer my personal guarantee that the Buffalo Outdoor Sports Association will spend your money wisely, and with the best interest of its participants at heart.

This is a non-profit organization, and all donations are fully tax deductible.  You will receive a receipt for tax purposes.

The Buffalo Outdoor Sports Association is true and good.  I want to help, because this work is important and it deserves to be funded.

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I know that this a a bad time to be asking for your money.  We’re barely past the holidays, and all we ever hear about is how the economy is slipping into everlasting despair.  I know that it’s kind of uncool of me to be all, “Fork it over, people!” but I’m going to do it anyway.  Fork it over, people!

The good news is that I’m not asking for much.  I’ve done some basic calculations, and if every person who reads this blog donates $50,000, we would have a total donation of $150,000! Just think of all the lives we could touch with that kind of cash!

Heh.  Juuuuust kidding.

$300.  That’s our goal.

To entice you to donate, I have a small selection of prizes which you will be eligible to win when you donate.  Every person who donates $10 or more will be entered into a drawing to win one of these FAAAAABULOUS PRIZES:

Prize #1: OMG, AN AUTOGRAPHED PICTURE OF RYAN “CRUNCHY” MILLER!!!

Meats Not Included

This INCREDIBLE picture featuring Crunchy comes complete with a CERTIFICATE OF AUTHENTICITY signed by BOTH Dave AND Buster Adam!  It’s totally covered in awesome holographic stickers (holographic stickers = “this thing is SUPER RAD” at Dave and Adam’s Card World) and this picture was also featured prominently in this post.

Prize #2: SWEET MOTHER OF MERCY! IT’S A SIGNED PICTURED OF DREW “MORE BRAAAAINS” STAFFORD!!

Dog Not Included

Staffy

Sorry about the crappy quality of this image of the picture.  My scanner is refusing to work tonight.  I assure you, this picture is a sharp representation of Staffy’s foxiness.  This picture has one less metallic holographic sticker than Crunchy’s photo,  but it still comes with a Dave and Adam’s Certificate of Authenticity.

Prize #3: Um, WOW! IT’S….A REGULAR, UNSIGNED PICTURE OF GOOSE!

Goose

Here’s the story with this picture: Remember when I entered into the deal with Dave and Adam to run an ad in exchange for autographed Sabres photos?  Well, all of these photos were part of that deal.  As you can see, my Gaustad photo showed up UNSIGNED.  It was an honest mistake and I never bothered to follow up with Dave and Adam….so I wound up with an unsigned (but very handsome) photograph of Goose. The photo comes with NO Certificate of Authenticity, but it DOES have one metallic holographic sticker.

Prize #4: HOORAY! IT’S A WINTER CLASSIC DVD!

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Perhaps you don’t care for autographed pictured of Sabres! Well, hopefully you’ll win this DVD instead!

Between you and me, not a ton of people read this blog, so if you donate $10 or more, you’ll probably have a fairly good chance of winning a prize.  We’re not talking state lottery odds here.

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The bottom line:

To donate, please click this button.

You will be directed to a safe and secure Paypal page. You will be asked to enter the amount of your donation.

Then you pay in one of two ways:

1. Using your Paypal account.

2. If you don’t have a Paypal account, or you don’t feel like using it, you can enter your credit card information by clicking “continue” on the lower left hand side underneath the sentence “Don’t have a Paypal account?”

In the last stage of checking out, you will be asked “Would you like to be in the prize drawing?”  Type in “yes” in the text box, and your name will be entered into the drawing for the prizes.

After you donate, you will receive an emailed receipt for your tax deductible donation.

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Thank you SO MUCH for your consideration.  I would never ever ask for you money if this wasn’t something I really believed in, and I promise I won’t make a habit out of begging you for your hard earned cash in the future.

This is good cause that helps kids in Buffalo.  Please consider making a donation.  Every little bit helps!

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24 Responses to “Please, Fork it Over!”


  1. 1 JBo January 23, 2009 at 11:44 pm

    Kate, when I get my check next week (which I hope that won’t be too late), I’ll definitely donate.

    Here’s an offer, though (not really an offer, just can’t think of the word I want to use):

    Twice or three times a year, the Bon-Ton holds what is known as “Community Day” where we have non-profit local organizations sign up and we give them a wad of Community Day booklets to sell.

    The booklets cost $5 each and inside each book is a $10 coupon off an item of $10 or more (some restrictions apply) and eight other 20% item coupons. It doesn’t cost anything for the organization to sell the books; we just give you however many you think you can sell and the organization gets to keep all the profits. At the end, I think there’s something to do with proving how many books you sold and you have to hand in the ones you didn’t sell.

    The next Community Day is Saturday, February 28th, which is more than a month away. I’ll go into work tomorrow and talk to our manager to see if we’re still accepting sign-ups (I imagine we still are) and I’ll let you know, if you think they’d be interested. Let me know.

    Here’s another added incentive to the books: if people think they won’t be able to shop on that Saturday, we are doing a pre-sell event about a week or so before, sort of like lay-a-way. They can come in, grab a bunch of stuff, we’ll take their coupons and credit card information, and the items will be rung up either late Friday night or early Saturday morning, so the customer can come in anytime Saturday or in the days after and pick them up.

    E-mail me, Kate, at stevensfan05@yahoo.com. I’d love to help out as much as I can.

    And I can’t believe that you’re giving away your Ryan Miller picture?! You’re quite the generous lady. :)

  2. 2 Katebits January 23, 2009 at 11:53 pm

    Hey, thanks JBo! I’ll run it by BOSA as see what they think. I’ll definitely email you in the morning about it! (Right now I gots to get some zzzzz) Thanks!

  3. 3 Katebits January 24, 2009 at 9:16 am

    Thanks you SO SO SO SO SO SO SO SO SO SO SO SO much to everyone who has already donated! THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!

    There seems to be a little confusion about who wants to be in the drawing and who doesn’t, so I’m just going to assume everyone wants in. If I do the drawing and someone doesn’t really want the prize, I’ll just redraw another winner.

  4. 4 Matt January 24, 2009 at 1:02 pm

    Just don’t forget to give us an update when we hit your goal!

  5. 5 Katebits January 24, 2009 at 1:21 pm

    I won’t Matt! I’m going to let the fundraiser run for a week, and then let everyone know how it went! Thank you SO MUCH for the donation! :D

  6. 6 Frisbee January 24, 2009 at 3:39 pm

    Seriously, I’m only in the drawing for the dog and the delicious, delicious spiced meats. Your Sabres just aren’t that cute. Ok, some of them are. But I’d be cheating on my pretty boys down here.

  7. 7 Katebits January 24, 2009 at 6:03 pm

    Thanks for donating Frisbee! I’ll tell you what, if you win, I’ll mail you some salami! :D

  8. 8 Pookie January 24, 2009 at 6:50 pm

    You had me at recumbant bicycle.

  9. 9 Katebits January 24, 2009 at 6:52 pm

    Pookie, :^::::::::::::::::::: I thought you guys might like that!

    Thank you SO MUCH Ookies!

  10. 10 Chaz January 24, 2009 at 8:35 pm

    Yeah! I love donating to great causes! =D

  11. 11 Schnookie January 24, 2009 at 9:38 pm

    If I don’t win the drawing, do I get my donation back?

  12. 12 Anne January 25, 2009 at 1:49 am

    Sounds awesome! Let us know how the fundraising is going and, if you make the total, how the trip was!

  13. 13 Katebits January 25, 2009 at 2:06 am

    You guys, this is so…..thank you all so much. Really.

  14. 14 JBo January 25, 2009 at 4:26 pm

    So, this will stay on through Friday the 30th, right? I really want to donate but won’t get paid until Friday. Damn bi-weekly checks.

  15. 15 Katebits January 25, 2009 at 5:27 pm

    Aw, JBo! Thanks for your devotion! The Paypal link will be good forever! So if we are free to donate whenever the mood strikes, even a YEAR from now if we want. :D

  16. 17 JBo January 25, 2009 at 5:35 pm

    You’re doing such an amazing thing, Kate. Really heartfelt and touching.

    And just for the record, if I’m in the drawing, I already have the DVD, so if I get chosen for that, you can give it to someone else. :)

  17. 18 Lisa January 25, 2009 at 5:59 pm

    Great thing you are doing Kate!

  18. 19 Katebits January 25, 2009 at 6:51 pm

    Thank you SO much, Lisa! :D

  19. 20 Grrrreg January 26, 2009 at 8:36 am

    Done! If I win the DVD, I won’t be able to watch it because of the zone code (I imagine it’s a North America only dvd).
    So just send me some salami instead (autographed, if that’s possible).

  20. 21 JBo January 26, 2009 at 1:51 pm

    Mmm…some Kate-autographed salami…wait, that sounds wrong…

  21. 22 Katebits January 26, 2009 at 1:54 pm

    So just send me some salami instead (autographed, if that’s possible).

    HAHAHHA! WOOO! Thanks, Grrrreg!


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