Since the first year of the Slay-A-Thon, I have come to the event as the top fundraiser. I think in the very first year, I raised maybe $500 and that was just from me finding out about the event maybe two or three days before; this was before the world of social media was upon us.
This past year I came in with $10,000 (Kelly has the exact number).
Everyone always asks what my secret is and how do I do it, and the very simple answer is I am obnoxiously persistent. I am on Facebook every day asking for sponsorship, and every person that donates to me gets an individual thank you or, as I like to call them, a shout-out. People enjoy my shout-outs because they are tailor made to the individual getting it, and I think that is the least I could do for asking for their money.
I am also lucky enough to work at a law firm where people are very generous with their checkbook. Is it a tax write-off for some of them? Sure, of course it is, but I truly believe that people realize what a wonderful cause this is, and if a bunch of fans (or fanatics) want to sit and watch Buffy all day to benefit a family in need then the least they can do is help us out.
You honestly will never know until you ask, and this year I asked someone for help that I normally wouldn’t expect to get help from, and the answer surprised me. All will be revealed at the event. See you soon.