Friends, you have been with me for the last decade, supporting me for ten years and supporting the arts and the faires that we all love. Now it is time for me to ask you to spread that support further.
On Friday, August 21st, my dear friend and brother-in-law, Tom, lost his brother Mike suddenly and completely unexpectedly. Mike left behind his wife and daughter. Marina, his wife, is currently battling cancer, their daughter is entering high school (a tough time for any kid), and Mike was only 38 years old - far too soon for anyone to be taken away from us.
As if our story is not sad enough, Mike didn't have life insurance and, due to her illness, Marina is unable to work. This was bound to be a rough time for them regardless, but they need not suffer more if we can have any say in the matter.
This is where we come in. Tom has set up a GoFundMe.com campaign to help out Mike's family, so they do not need to worry right now about money while they grieve for their husband and father, so they don't need to have extra stress while fighting cancer. Anything that you can give will be greatly appreciated, but I would like to sweeten the pot a little.
If you are able to donate anything, please take a screenshot of your receipt and then send to me via e-mail or private message on Facebook. I will give you a "Thank You" gift if you do so, and here is the break-down of the rewards you can get (other than the reward of knowing that you have done a great thing!):
- $1-$24: signed "thank you" card from Shakespeare & a "Shakespeare Approves!" button
- $25-$49: recorded personal message from Shakespeare. This can be a simple birthday greeting, a video sonnet, or even your outgoing voicemail message. PLUS the first category "thank you" card and "Shakespeare Approves!" button
- $50-$99: a Shakespeare, the Bard of Avon t-shirt, in either black or pink. Adult sizes. Send me a private message with your request of size and style BEFORE you donate so I can make sure that I have it available for you. PLUS the first category "thank you" card and "Shakespeare Approves!" button AND the second category recorded message gift.
- $100+: a personalized, hand-written, original sonnet in the style of Shakespeare! PLUS the first category "thank you" card and "Shakespeare Approves!" button AND the second category recorded message gift AND the third category t-shirt.
So, what do you say? Let's help a fantastic family out and maybe get some swag in the process. As the song says, "when you help others, you can't help helping yourself. When you give to a worthy cause, you'll feel as jolly as Santa Claus!"
Thank you all. From the bottom of my heart, thank you. A million times over, thank you. Now let's go make a difference!