Hey all —
As I announced at Friday’s rehearsal, we have decided to extend the deadline for patron ads to Monday. This means you have three extra days to follow up with your businesses, contact any new businesses you may have forgotten about, and knock this ad drive out of the park. (I know a little about baseball — be cool.) Since half of you are under quota, and seven of you have not turned in any ads at all as of this afternoon, this is a valuable three days. Know that I am not thrilled about this extension; you guys have had four weeks to raise $125 each, which I think is a totally reasonable expectation. You signed a contract at the beginning of this process, and filling your quota is not optional. So those of you who are lagging behind — it’s time to get caught up.
Again, check out the list of businesses that patronized us last year. I am glad to see that more of those businesses are highlighted in orange at this point, but there are still many area businesses that have not yet been approached this year.
For anyone who was interested in a progress report: based on what we raised last year for Grease (which was done with a smaller cast, by the way — so we should be able to exceed last year’s total), we are about 75% of the way to our goal. That’s way better than where we were a week ago (25%), but we still have work to do. Even if you’ve fulfilled your quota, please reach out to at least five more businesses and/or family members over this weekend. (For my part, I will be spending part of tomorrow afternoon calling up Cheltenham alumni friends to see if they’ll buy an ad. I’m only about 80% of the way toward my personal fundraising goal, so I have some catching up to do, too.)
If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to email me. I will get back to you as soon as I can. Thank you for all the hard work you guys have done so far! Keep it up!