What a huge success! Thanks to your generous contributions, Take 2 exceeded its goal by a huge margin, earning a permanent spot with Global Giving. With your help, Take 2 has raised over $15,000 in less than a month! And, equally exciting, those donations came from over 200 individuals, most of them (most of you) first-time contributors. This is enormously significant for Take 2's future, and we are so very grateful for your support. Thank you a thousand times. Take 2 will soon receive a complete list of donors from Global Giving, and we look forward to thanking each of you individually. In the meantime, please accept this enormous Group Thank You, to all 200 plus of you.
The funds you provided are especially important right now because Take 2 has expanded this year. We're serving 17 families this summer, many of whom are attending thanks to the financial aid made possible by your contributions. And Take 2 is also now expanding beyond summer and into the school year: beginning in September, Take 2 will provide campers with a school year extension program.
Today, Monday, July 6, marked the first day of camp. "This is the best camp ever!" exclaimed one new camper at the end of the day. His endorsement thrilled the staff, since this child had begun the morning feeling particularly anxious and had experienced a couple of truly difficult moments. By the end of the day, though, he was happy and comfortable, pleased with his achievements, and excited about the new friends he was making. (He also really liked the Lego toys.) This is only the beginning.
Success – real success based on specific and meaningful accomplishments -- is the rule at Take 2, and today things got off to a great start. This is possible thanks to our wonderful staff, who spent the last two weeks training and preparing intently for the children's arrival; thanks to the very hard work of the children themselves, whose willingness to work on things that are so very challenging for them inspires us every day; and thanks to you, Take 2's supporters, who provide the means for this very special program to exist.
At the end of the week we'll send more news and post some photographs. We thank you again for the incredible outpouring of support. We know you'll be excited to see how things develop. It's going to be a great summer!
Please feel free to contact me at LGreenman@starpower.net about anything at all.
P.S. Take 2 came in Fourth in overall funds raised in the American Open Challenge, and third in total number of donors. The organizations that ranked higher were far bigger than Take 2. While it would have been nice to win, we're absolutely thrilled with how we did. It truly marks the beginning of a new era for Take 2.