Happy new year! As we begin 2013 by digging ourselves out of a large pile of papers, we’d like to extend a hearty thanks to all of you who received our mailer this past December and responded with a donation. (Your actual thank you letters will be in the mail shortly as well!)
Every year during our annual fundraising appeal, we receive donations ranging from $5 to $500. And we are — truly — immensely grateful for all of them. As a volunteer-driven organization, we’re very aware of the generosity that is deeply rooted in this community, and equally aware of the impact that this generosity can have on our overall collective quality of life. Just as 826michigan is made possible by hundreds of people giving a little bit of their time, so is it sustained by hundreds of people giving in other ways.
So we thank all the individual donors out there! And, more specifically, this month we’re recognizing Lori Eaton — a longtime friend of ours who has impressed and amazed us with her generosity over the years.
Let’s get to know Lori!
How did you first hear about 826michigan and how did you become involved? What attracted you to 826michigan?
I first heard about 826michigan from writer pal and board member Keith Hood. This would have seven years or so ago when Keith joined the board. Since writing is something I care deeply about, I sat up and took notice whenever Keith mentioned it. Then in 2006, I began writing for a boutique marketing firm started by a friend of mine. She was looking for a nonprofit to which the firm could contribute a percentage of its profits. Since storytelling was a hallmark of the firm, 826michigan was a natural fit. As I attended more 826michigan events, I began to make personal contributions as well.
One of the things that impresses me most about 826michigan beyond its mission, is how far Amanda and her staff can stretch a dollar. I work with many different nonprofits in my professional life and few could accomplish as much as 826michigan has with so much energy and such limited resources. It truly is impressive and is one more reason why I happily donate and encourage friends and family to give as well.
Aside from 826michigan, what is your favorite part of life in Southeast Michigan?
I was transplanted to Southeast Michigan more than twelve years ago, and I’ll admit that it took me a little while to fall in love. Now that I have, it’s hard to pick just one thing to call out as my favorite and on any given day it might be something different. Today, I’d have to say it’s the gutsy, tenacious theatre scene, so committed to featuring local actors, directors and of course, playwrights. One of these days I’m going to make it to Five Bowls of Oatmeal!
Thank you, Lori! We are very happy to count you among our friends and supporters. People like you make 826michigan’s world go ’round!