It's hard to believe that we're down to the last 72 hours or so before this Kickstarter campaign comes to an end. We're about 15% funded, so we do have a long way to go in not much time, but we've seen real magic happen through crowd-funding — we're going to keep working hard, right up until zero hour.
A huge THANK YOU to all of the backers who have joined us in the last 15 days: Megan Mahoney, Cindy Halladay Bahrenburg, Marion Bouffard, Cynthia & Robert Pope, Michelle Gregoire, Jacob Gore, Stephanie Goodbear, Gary Schonaerts, Mike Chaudoir, Camellia El Antably, Lotta Schneidemesser, Kelly Hibbs Massey, Michelle Erpenbach, David McHenry, Greta Schanen, Olivia Dana, Liesbeth Rooms, Megafounder, Stephanie Hylok Davis, Mariel Kennedy, Dan Woods, Kellie Jewett-Fernandez, Deborah Rosenthal, Craig Martin, Jorg-Stephan Mohr, Pierre Sonderegger, Walter & Patricia Freckmann, Rena Tarantino Martinson, Audrey Andujar (Wright), Neale Schad, Nita Holt, Ron & Amy Linn, Annette Linn, Michelle C. DuBray, Donita A. Fischer, Jack & Kathleen Aylsworth, Tim & Deb Pietsch, Steven Knaus, Larry McLean, Richard Woodruff, Stefan Meier, Carla Alarcon, Lakota Mowrer, Marc Hathaway, Anne Kim Levine, Holy Man Film, Sandra Donaldson, firstname.lastname@example.org, Jeri B. Lemke, Matt Guilford, Luca Fabbri, Stephen Holst, David Sheesley, Lynn Matthews Smith, Mark & Jennifer Nassi, Deb Gerlitz, Dave & Cindy Levin and Ole Brew LLC.
Thank you also to the many backers who have increased their pledges in recent days! Every dollar counts in campaigns like this, and we're deeply grateful for every pledge. The only way we can do this is together.
On the media front: We were thrilled to see that the media back in our old home state of Wisconsin picked up the story about our "Home: Cheyenne River" book project. You'll find articles in Door County Today and in the Peninsula Pulse. We also had some nice words of support from Rich Franco, an accomplished Florida-based photographer, who penned a lovely testimonial on Fine Art America's website. And, we were delighted that Pete McDonald, New York-based deputy editor of Boating Magazine and author of a photography-and-essay book titled "The Blitz: Fly Fishing the Atlantic Migration," promoted it in his blog.
In other news: Last week, Heather joined Kellie Jewett-Fernandez, development director for the Cheyenne River Youth Project, at Fairview High School in Boulder, Colorado. FHS is a major CRYP supporter in the annual Christmas Toy Drive, and the student senate was eager to hear about the book project and how they can help. We showed our project video, answered questions and handed out postcards with all of our Kickstarter information; the teens were enthusiastic about handing out the cards to family members and friends in the Boulder community. Thank you, FHS and Boulderites, for your support!
So, three days left. Our portrait subjects, the Cheyenne River kids who contributed creative work to this project, and all of their families are so excited about this book becoming a reality. Let's do what we can to make magic happen for them!
Please share, share, share the Kickstarter campaign with as many people as you can, and encourage friends, family and colleagues to make a pledge. Just $60 means a free book and free fine-art print... and once the book is published, 50% of the proceeds will benefit the extraordinary Cheyenne River Youth Project (you can learn more about this grassroots, 25-year-old, not-for-profit organization here).
Once again, thank you for your support! Words aren't enough to express the gratitude we feel toward each and every one of you who have pledged to support us and who have been busy sharing our campaign through social media. WOPILA.