Good Afternoon Lewy Warriors,
We're here with another monthly update! Firstly, we want to wish you all a great August and we hope that you've had a wonderful summer so far. Remember to take time for yourself and slow down to enjoy the sunshine.
Our yearly deposit from Bob's LBD Trust Fund has gone through and as of last week we are sitting at a new total of $22,241.00 in total donations. We are so proud to have raised this money for Dr. Pasternak's LBD research but we couldn't have done it without you! So we wanted to say a huge THANK YOU to everyone who has been involved so far. We hope that with our fall and holiday fundraising, we can surpass $25,000.00 in total donations by the end of the year. We are still taking a break from fundraising to plan out the rest of the year but we can finally share some of our ideas with you!
Firstly, we're finally getting some CLBDI merchandise! I know that I had previously mentioned this in the May blog but we're actually in the final stages of the process now and will be able to share more information with you in the coming weeks. As of right now, we expect to begin taking orders for our first run of shirts in late August or September. We're very excited that to be able to offer some spiffy new threads and more support to Dr. Pasternak's LBD research. The advisory board members are currently narrowing down our options and picking the final designs. We need a little longer to finalize our choices and put the order in but they will be available very very soon. A portion of the funds raised from shirts and other merchandise will be donated to Dr. Pasternak and his team so you can feel good about your purchase! They make great birthday and holiday gifts too!
We are also currently looking at doing more community outreach and getting involved in the local media. If you know someone who might want to write about what we are doing, please have them reach out to us through our contact page! As we keep growing and hitting our fundraising goals, we feel like it's finally time to step out in to the light a bit more. We would love to share our story with whoever will listen.
We have plans for at least one or two more online fundraisers before the end of the year and, as the summer comes to an end, we will begin finalizing our plans and sharing more information. We had hoped that we can hold some in-person events but with the Delta variant lurking, we are being as cautious as ever and really weighing our options. The safety of our community and team comes first and foremost. So, no news about live events yet. With that being said, you can expect a lot of noise from us as we move in to the fall.
And, as always, please consider getting the vaccine against covid-19 if you haven't already. Most places are offering walk-ins now and the more of us who are fully vaccinated, the safer we will be as the cold weather comes around.
That's all from us this month. See you in August!
The CLBDI blog is run by Advisory Board member Joseph Daniel.