My Partner Is Amazing! Another $5000 For The SMART Ride!

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    Jun 29, 2011 5:14 PM GMT
    The annual 165-mile SMART Ride to Key West on bicycles raises money for non-profit HIV/AIDS agencies in Florida. My partner is one of the co-founders.

    Because everyone who organizes it donates their time, and with the help of corporate sponsors, operating expenses are covered. Which means 100% of all the money riders raise to participate, every penny, goes directly to the supported HIV/AIDS agencies. No administrative overhead skimmed off, no salaries, no operating costs. Very few other HIV/AIDS rides or walks can make that claim.

    Today my partner got another $5000 cash pledge from a major US discount retailer. I can't say who at the moment until the check arrives, but you might be surprised. Other pledges he's gotten include $10,000 from Tire Kingdom, a US car tire chain, and food and other tangible support from Olive Garden restaurants, Starbucks, Walgreens drugs, Pizza Joe's, Progressive insurance, and many local businesses.

    I'm just so proud of him, he's so good at raising money. He's got his eye on another major retailer, a bit more upscale, and I'll keep you informed about the SMART Ride in general as we get closer to the November ride date.

    http://thesmartride.org/
  • dabcrt

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    Jun 29, 2011 9:43 PM GMT
    Congrats............you and your partner do amazing work. Thank youicon_biggrin.gif
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    Jun 29, 2011 10:57 PM GMT
    dabcrt saidCongrats............you and your partner do amazing work. Thank youicon_biggrin.gif

    Thanks! But I do nothing, it's all him, when it comes to fund raising. I track these amounts in a computer data base of donors, one of my volunteer jobs, and as I've said to the executives of this agency, my partner's a "river of money" to them. It never stops, and by fiscal year's end the total amounts for HIV/AIDS, in cash and in-kind donations, are amazing.

    An example: he put together a Provincetown vacation package as a silent auction item to benefit an HIV/AIDS gala we have coming up soon, not related to the SMART Ride. He got free airline tickets donated for 2 from Fort Lauderdale to Boston. Transportation from there to P-town. Lodging in P-town. Dinners as well (in what we consider the best gay-owned restaurant on the Cape). And many other amenities. The person who gets that auction item will have a bonanza.

    And that's just one of dozens of auction packages he's created, from wine & food baskets to spa treatments and artwork. All donated free, all the auction money going to our HIV/AIDS agency. He's simply astonishing. And did I mention that he's just weeks away from turning 77? He makes me look like the underachiever that I am.
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    Jun 29, 2011 11:12 PM GMT
    Many congrats, that's fantastic !!!!
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    Jun 29, 2011 11:20 PM GMT
    Sounds like he is on Target for a great result!
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    Jun 29, 2011 11:33 PM GMT
    Mil8 saidSounds like he is on Target for a great result!

    How very sly of you. icon_wink.gif
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    Jun 30, 2011 1:15 AM GMT
    My husband of 20+ years is an amzig guys too.
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    Jun 30, 2011 1:35 AM GMT
    whats the point of this except to be self congratulatory?
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    Jun 30, 2011 1:41 AM GMT
    ScottsSoHot saidwhats the point of this except to be self congratulatory?

    No, congratulatory of my partner, whom I love so much. I had nothing to do with his achievements. I congratulate myself too much in other threads. This is for him. I wish he would join RJ, but I can't get him.
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    Jun 30, 2011 5:33 AM GMT
    ScottsSoHot saidwhats the point of this except to be self congratulatory?


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    Jul 01, 2011 3:07 AM GMT
    take the money and buy a new bike ;p
  • crls64

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    Jul 01, 2011 3:09 AM GMT
    Art_Deco saidThe annual 165-mile SMART Ride to Key West on bicycles raises money for non-profit HIV/AIDS agencies in Florida. My partner is one of the co-founders.

    Because everyone who organizes it donates their time, and with the help of corporate sponsors, operating expenses are covered. Which means 100% of all the money riders raise to participate, every penny, goes directly to the supported HIV/AIDS agencies. No administrative overhead skimmed off, no salaries, no operating costs. Very few other HIV/AIDS rides or walks can make that claim.

    Today my partner got another $5000 cash pledge from a major US discount retailer. I can't say who at the moment until the check arrives, but you might be surprised. Other pledges he's gotten include $10,000 from Tire Kingdom, a US car tire chain, and food and other tangible support from Olive Garden restaurants, Starbucks, Walgreens drugs, Pizza Joe's, Progressive insurance, and many local businesses.

    I'm just so proud of him, he's so good at raising money. He's got his eye on another major retailer, a bit more upscale, and I'll keep you informed about the SMART Ride in general as we get closer to the November ride date.

    http://thesmartride.org/


    My hats off to your partner! icon_wink.gif
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    Jul 01, 2011 3:13 AM GMT
    xassantex saidtake the money and buy a new bike ;p

    He doesn't receive it personally, the money is handled by a nonprofit agency that does the finances for the SMART Ride. Which allows the donor to have a tax write-off.
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    Jul 01, 2011 3:24 AM GMT
    crls64 saidMy hats off to your partner! icon_wink.gif

    Thanks! I think he's kinda wonderful myself. At 77 he's got more energy & drive than I do. I dread going to the mall with him, he walks my legs off, and won't wait for me while I limp behind him with my cane. He had a heart attack last October, and you think that slowed him down? Not a bit, he's was running around days after he got out of the hospital, like nothing had happened.

    When he goes it'll be with all flags flying, no nursing home for him. I hope I'll be so lucky. And he really does care about HIV/AIDS issues. Both of us are "AIDS widowers" so we have that in common, our shared interest & passion. We want this HIV thing stopped, and that no one else lose a loved one to it, as both of us did. The SMART Ride is one way we try to make that happen.