Due to the recent world economic unpleasantness, the Lafayette Escadrille Memorial in France needs some assistance.
What do you think of a fundraiser from the Indy Squadron members to the foundation? We could all send in our donations and Stephen could present it on a Memorial Day or Armistice Day event. (Good excuse for a trip to France! ha) We could contact other foundations, such as the VFW and the American Legion, and ask for $1.00 from each post to help with this cause. Think of the possibilities!
PS Stephen, I suggested to the foundation that they create an on line gift shop with all the normal stuff (coffee cups, T-shirts, prints, model kits and die cast aircraft models, reproductions of W.W. I wings and medals, Flag sets (USA, FRANCE, Laf. Esc), pens, pencils, postcard sets, reproduction (smaller) of the stained glass windows etc… If they take this on, then you could have your book sold on their link or have a link to your book on their memorial with a small % of each sale for the foundation…?
Joe, it is fantastic to hear from you! Hope all is well.
My trouble with fund raising right now is that this is a critical time for our family business and I'm working super hard to keep up. The same economy that's hurting the Foundation is doing the same to many Indy Squadron members as well.
To raise meaningful funding, I think we'd have to undertake a project like the Luke Monument restoration a few years back. And that's quite a project. If they take your suggestion for a gift shop, I'd be happy to donate a portion of the proceeds to the Foundation.
Let me mull this over a bit and think on it. May be the right idea at the wrong time for me, but it's certainly worth considering. Thanks for telling us about this and please keep us posted.