Edit: The project hit its goal of 35k at approximately 6:41 EDT! Congrats, Tae! Is hitting the mark worthy of a new thread, MGoPeeps? Oh, and don't stop pledging just because it's funded. Extra money will, I'm sure, be needed for unanticipated expenses.
Edit #2: The pledges keep coming in, up over 36.5k now! Also, for those of you who may have pledged and haven't really checked out the kickstarter page in detail lately, a few new rewards were added. Laser tag with Tae for the kids (12 and under) for 12 bucks and I don't think "name a plant" for 5 bucks was on there previously either.
Michigan fans, alums, curious observers - TOGETHER WE ARE CLOSING IN ON THE GOAL. As of this morning, we're pretty much at 31k raised for Martavious Odoms' project to create a Community Garden in the economically depressed Florida city of Pahokee. We crossed that 30k threshold and now only have about 4k more to raise in the last 8 days to get to the ultimate goal, but that doesn't mean we should stop there. Lets see if we can raise even more so Tae can do even more great work in his hometown.
In yesterday's update, Tae was kind enough to stop by and had some very nice words for the MGoBlog community and its support of the charity thus far:
Everyday I click on the Kick Starter project i just stare at it because It seems so unreal to me to see people that I barely even know or never even met take so much pride into helping us. I knew that we had support and people that care about what we're trying to do but when I check my emails, Facebook or twitter and We have people really trying to do all they can do to help us reach our goal and giving us advice and offering their hand with whatever they can help with makes me feel good. Words can't explain how that makes me feel but I want to say thanks to you ALL especially MGOBLOG i don't think we could've got as much support as we did if it wasn't from all of you writting and spreading the word and dedicating your time and energy telling the world about hope for pahokee and the community garden project. if I could I would respond and thank you all individually but I don't think it's enough time in a day to do so but I want everyone to know I appreciate all the support.
And also this:
You guys are a playing the biggest part to me by spreading the word and we can't thank you enough,Yes it's our project but it wouldn't be anything without the support you all have been giving.
This is a really rare opportunity we have here. We're not helping a faceless organization who sends out form letter thank yous for our generosity, we're helping a real live person who we've all seen kill it on the football field and who logs onto MGoBlog to thank us. So if you had any reservations, now you don't.
Great rewards, great artwork on the apparel. it's just a win-win situation for all involved.