What was originally planned to be a small gathering to thank our contributors from last summer's crowdfunding campaign, morphed into a larger event open to anyone interested in our cause and what we are building for Indianapolis. More than 100 of you came to show your support. We were thrilled with the turnout and the passion each of you showed with your presence and by the personal conversations we had with many of you.
I also want to thank the volunteers that helped organize, set-up, and serve as "staff" for the night. Justin Davis, Rob Shaw, Katie and Markus Wilds, Jon and Sarah McAfee, Tony Allanson, Callie Burk, and Jonelle Ball were outstanding hosts for the evening. I've known them all since childhood, and it was pretty special to have them by my side on such an awesome night.
And, how 'bout that eatin'!? We had some fantastic food generously provided by some of our favorite restaurants. Pure Eatery (my favorite place in Fountain Square) donated wraps and salads for all. Iaria's Italian Restaurant supplied the delicious meatballs, and the spread from Indy's own Sushi Boss and Rocket 88 Doughnuts were gobbled up fast. I'd like to extend a big thanks to those restaurants that sponsored us!
We have come a long way since our initial fundraising push began last summer. We've opened our doors, purchased specialized equipment, changed a state law, and have started seeing our first clients. You have all played a significant role in our early success. As Allison and I explained on Wednesday, we hope you can help us spread the word past our existing network. We handed out 10 copies of a pre-written Outreach Letter to each of you that explains our mission and explains our goals. Now, we humbly ask for your help. We hope you can find 10 people in your network to send the letter. We left the title and the signature fields empty for you to fill in the fields or add a personal mesage.
If each of you reach out to just 10 family members, friends, co-workers, or social groups, there is a solid chance we will find others interested in NeuroHope and eager to help us reach our goals. We have an aggressive plan of $50,000 to raise by next spring which will ensure we stay viable until we can apply for money from the new state law.
Someone in your network may be the key to a major foundation or grant opportunity that can change the lives of many. LET'S FIND THEM!