Maybe you saw the big “Thank You” signs in the dining tent during Journey – but then again, maybe you didn’t. Our “Donor Recognition” signs – with the names of individuals, corporations, small businesses, charitable foundations and Tribes displayed on 8′ x 4′ panels, is evidence of the work of the Paddle to Squaxin 2012 Fundraising Committee.
About a year ago, working with Canoe Journey Coordinator Debbie Meisner and Leslie Johnson, Marketing and Public Relations Lead, the committee developed a plan to solicit donations and sponsorships for the Journey. The result was a packet of information about the Paddle to Squaxin, a schedule of donor/sponsor benefits and a list of potential donors and sponsors to share it with.
Armed with these packets, Tribal Council and casino leadership got busy with their contact lists to ask for support for the paddle, and the event and logistics teams negotiated discounts and donations of goods and services from contractors and vendors. The fund-raising committee used elements of the packets in grant applications to private foundations and tribal 1% funds, and an appeal to local businesses for support.
A “Donate Now” button on the web site provided people with yet another way to give.
The resulting eighty-five contributions ranged in size from $5 to more than $60,000, for a total of more than $500,000 in cash, goods and services that directly supported our hosting of Paddle to Squaxin. Thirteen tribes were among the donors, with gifts and grants totaling $75,100. The Russell Family Foundation, a regional environmental funder, made its first-ever grant award to the MLRC – $30,000 for the Green Team. Another “first” was a $1,000 donation from the Vancouver, WA-based Native Arts and Culture Foundation. Special thanks goes to the procurement team in DCD – Jeff Peters, Dan Neelands, Kevin Dragon and Sheena Kaas – who leveraged their strong relationships with contractors and vendors into at least $63,310 in donated goods and services. Planners Elizabeth Egan, Tracy Parker, Bridget Ray and Penni Giles contributed to the grantwriting effort, submitting grant applications to tribal 1% funds and others.
In case you were focused on the excellent food in the dining tent instead of on the donor acknowledgment signs, here’s an alphabetical listing of those whose names appeared:
AAA Septic – Aaron Hazelrigg – Ann Miss – Anonymous – Apex Fire Control – Argosy University – Bank of America – Bill McTurnal Enterprises – Bordeaux Elementary PTSO – Bridget Ray – Bryan Bougher – Capitol City Press – Carolyn Winters – Cedar Media – Chehalis Confederated Tribes – City of Olympia – Coleen Chapin – Computeration – Cowlitz Indian Tribe – Dean Hartman from Capitol Business Machines – Dr. Riley Moore – Earth Friendly Products – Eileen Penn – Flamingo Audio – Green Time Marketing – Griffin School District – House Brothers Construction – Island Enterprises – Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe – Jeff Peters – Kathy Block – Kennedy Creek Quarry – Kornmesser Optometry Clinic – Korsmo Construction – L&E Bottling – Leslie Johnson – Manke Excavating – Margaret Foley – Marketing Results Nevada Corporation – Mason County – Mason County Title – Mason Transit Authority – MSGS Architects – MTN2COAST – Muckleshoot Tribe – Native Arts and Cultures Foundation – Olympia Supply – Olympia Yacht Club – Parametrix – Phyllis Mandel – Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe – Port of Olympia – Potlatch Fund – Propel Insurance – Puget Sound Energy – Puyallup Tribe – Quinault Indian Tribe – Ridolfi Inc. – RM Services – Russell Family Foundation – Salmon Defense – Scott Jacobs – Seventh Generation Fund – Shipwreck Beads – Shoalwater Bay Tribe – Skokomish Tribe – Skyline Drive-in – Snoqualmie Tribe – SPIPA – Squaxin Island Tribe 1% Fund – Star Rentals – Sundance RV & Auto Center – Sunset Air, Inc. – Suquamish Tribe – Susan Nowers – Swinomish Tribe – Taurus Industries, Inc. – Theresa Henderson – Thurston County – Thurston First Bank – Touma Engineers & Land Surveyors – Tri-Tec Communications – Tulalip Tribes – Washington Home Center – Washington Indian Gaming Association – Wells Fargo Bank -Wheeler Manufacturing – Yvonne Calizar