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April 4, 2014

Lessons learned raising money

I took pies to the face, begged my family and friends and tested my baking skills to raise money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association last month and still came up short.

Lesson of the week: Asking for money is hard to do, even when it’s for charity.

A month ago a woman called to tell me I was going to jail for having a big heart. To get out of the slammer, I had to post my $3,000 bail, all of which would go toward muscular dystrophy research.

In that moment, it seemed like an overwhelming task, but I was confident I could find a way to collect the funds.

Then life intervened.

I got busy at work. My cousin wrecked his 4-wheeler and landed in the hospital. My focus drifted away from my fundraising efforts.

Before I knew it, I had only two weeks to make bail. I started brainstorming ways to make some quick cash (legal ways, of course).

The only thing I could come up with was a pie-in-the face fundraiser.

So my fellow jailbird, Lindsey Fisher, organized one for us at WWKI.

It was quite a deal.

For any donation at all, you could smear plates full of whipped cream in both of our faces and get your name on the air.

Some donated a buck. One guy gave $50. That was a real steal because he didn’t even want to smash a pie in our face. His target was another radio personality at WWKI, who graciously obliged.

There was also the guy who donated $20. Lindsay Fisher was so sure he was a friend of hers that she said so on air. Then she realized she’d never met they guy a day in her life. We all had a good laugh. To be fair, she had whipped cream covering her eyeballs when she said that.

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