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In all, we brought in $46,000* - all of which will go to childhood cancer research and treatments at the NMTRC.
An event like Touch A Truck happens in two ways: the first (and easiest) way is to hire an event production company and pay them to do everything. Who knows how much money would go to childhood cancer research - maybe less, maybe more - than what we raised this year with the aforementioned approach; the second (and way more difficult) way is to do it with unpaid volunteers and dedicated sponsors, and grind this sucker out - which is what we did in 2011. We have some of the most amazing volunteer leaders. Folks who hold high-paying, time-consuming jobs - that still, out of the goodness in their hearts - decided to commit 10/20/30 hours a week to making this 3rd annual Touch A Truck so successful.
Our expenses this year came in slightly under budget - that's good event management (ie, Melis!). We couldn't promise that 100% of the money raised at Touch A Truck went to childhood cancer research and clinical treatments if it weren't for our fabulous sponsors, whose time and money are the "fuel" which makes Touch A Truck happen! Thanks again to:
Building Industry Association (BIA Cares)
Dixon & Thurston Orthodontics & Dentistry
Merch Lackey (tee-shirts)
YMI (sound and video)
Anna Watts Photography
Johnson & Associates (who kept our money/CFO and venue safe - thanks Aaron!)
Finally, this event would be irrelevant if it weren't for the 4,637 guests we had the honor to welcome and entertain for 5+ hours last Saturday. Max taught us to serve others with smiles on our faces and in our hearts, and without your generosity and attendance, we would not be providing hope to kids fighting some of the most aggressive cancers with new and innovative therapies.
Thank you everyone and stay tuned for more news on Touch A Truck 2012 (moving to a new venue 'cause we have definitely outgrown this one!). We'll be publishing a survey soon in order to better understand what works and doesn't work at Touch A Truck, so that we can make some changes, makes some tweaks, and try some new ideas too. When the online survey is released, we'll publish the link here, send it out via email, and on Facebook, etc. - but please also pass it along to anyone you know who came to Touch A Truck (as guest, volunteer or exhibitor), since we don't necessarily have email addresses for everyone who attended.
Also, mark your calendars September 25, 2011 for Max Run II, now named Max's Ring of Fire Lemon Run because we've teamed up with Alex's Lemonade Stand! We are so excited to be working together, collaboratively, to make a huge impact in September, which is childhood cancer awareness month (part of the problem if we're having to remind you - the readers of this blog - when childhood cancer awareness month falls). Stay tuned for more information shortly forthcoming about MROF Lemon Run!
*46 (and it's variants) is a special number in the childhood cancer community. 46 children are diagnosed with cancer every weekday (every school day) - this is the inspiration for the 46 Mommas Shave for the Brave movement, which is one of the most inspirational and powerful singular statements by a group of individuals you will ever know.