Let's first just "do the numbers". Numbers are easy, and it'll be a nice comparison.
This year we used last year's kickass actual number for our aggressive goal...and beat the shit out of it. So now NEXT year we'll use this year's kickass actual number for our goal and based on the chart (charts, and also hips don't lie. But mostly charts) we'll raise close to $5,000. Maybe. Also based on extrapolation...by the year 2016 or 2017 we'll have 27,000 walkers. Possibly my math will break down before then. But CHARTS!
So in terms of how we did fundraising for ABOARD...we did awesome. In terms of how we did against the other teams, however, despite mopping the floor with all but one team last year...THIS year some of the teams got big donations at the last minute and passed us at the finish line. All in all I'm just excited that ABOARD had a successful walk...but...ultimately, I want to beat their asses next year.
What I've figured out is that we need one or two corporate/local business sponsors to make big donations. A couple of the teams had donors who gave in excess of a $1000, or who had fund raised in order to write a big check for the walk. If I want to keep growing the amount we give to the charity each year, that's what we'll have to do: find a donor with an "in" to their corporate giving program. This year my company did not contribute. I have no "in".
This year we had a better handle on where things were and what to do, and ABOARD took it upon themselves to print out the labels that it took me so long to fill out last year (because we got one for every 5 walkers or something), so things went a little smoother. Or at least it seemed that way to me. I'm not sure how it was for all the walkers. I try to talk to people, but they're with their families, which then fracture and disperse along age lines, with the kids finding the kids and the grown ups finding the grownups...and a few floaters hovering close to the kids AND the grownups so they can sort of participate in conversation, but also watch the kids. It's hard to visit with everyone, or at least it's hard, after a certain point, to remember who you have and who you have not visited with in order to make sure you got everyone.
I hope we conveyed how much we appreciated everyone's support of us and Lily and of the charity. But I sorta doubt I kicked ass in that department. So I'm sorry if I didn't. I felt a little scattered despite the additional ensmoothening that ABOARD provided.
The walk was great. It was the best day of the year to that point. Warm, not hot, sunny and clear and bright and cheerful, and they were playing music and having the crowd do stretches and there was dancing in the street and much rejoicing as we took off from the starters line and marched...EVER. SO. SLOWLY...past the starting line before the crowd started thinning by velocities...dopplering out past the starting line until we could lengthen our strides and get to doin' some serious WALKIN'.
It was fun. People got shirts and some swag and a nice walk in downtown Pittsburgh and raised money for an awesome charity. And I really love you all for contributing or walking or sharing updates or whatever. Just thanks.
Here are some pictures from the big day: