I witnessed something very, very cool tonight. One hundred and twelve people joined together at the Brew Replublic Bierwerks at Stonebridge Shopping Center in Woodbridge Virginia for it's very first Charitable Donation.
The Northern Virginia Impact Club awarded Still Brave a Childhood Cancer Foundation the $11,200 check this evening!
"Unbelievably Tom of STILLBRAVE decided to divide the award in three, so that all three charities that presented would walk away with an immediate infusion of donations this evening!"
Now that is how you MAKE AN IMPACT in the community.
All three charities received an immedaite infusition of cash right before Christmas!
How awesome is that? Just because the two guys holding the check below Ryan Fletcher and Ryan Slopper have a passion for giving back .
So at this point you are probably saying;
- What is Impact Club?
- How does Impact Club work?
- Who the heck are Ryan Fletcher and Ryan Slopper?
Well it was about a month ago that I read about this club on Facebook. I joined and said "Count Me In" I filled out a form, made a commitment that I would donate one hundred dollars every quarter and show up to the one hour meetings once a quarter. They sent me a free tshirt.
So tonight was the first meeting. Everyone met at the Brew Works Brewery in Woodbridge Virginia.One hundred and twelve people brought a one hundred dollar check each and wore their Impact Club tshirt's.
We listened to three local charities state their case on how a ten thousand dollar donation would Impact their cause ( tonight's donation was more than that!) and then everyone had a ballot and they voted.
The ballots were collected and tallied and within minutes the winner was annonced.
The night proved to be a wonderful success. If you would like to be apart of a club and find out more about Ryan Fletcher and Ryan Slopper or how you can join read more at Make Impact Club
As for me, I came away with a better understanding of how great the need is in the local community for the homeless, those who are struggling and need these organizations to survive and to be able to put food on the table, or a warm coat to go to school or clothes to transition into the workforce. I also learned about how great the need is for children suffering from cancer who's families need extra support for gas money, a grocery card or to pay utility bills.
I think all were blown away by Tom's generosity of stating if his charity was awarded the funds he would split them with the other two organizations. Wow.....just WOW!
The Impact Club's goal was to have 100 people in thirty days. They exceeded that goal. Now just imagine what the impact will be the next meeting. Just imagine if there were two hundred people giving one hundred dollars next quarter. That would be a $20,000 check to a local charity!
You can be apart of this.... or start a club in your area.