Thursday, May 13, 2010

Partners in Preservation campaign result

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From: "Town Hall Seattle"
Sent: Thursday, May 13, 2010 2:37:27 PM GMT -08:00 US/Canada Pacific
Subject: Want To Guess How It Ends?

Dear friends,
As you might have seen last night, the Schooner Adventuress edged out Town Hall, 20%-19% in the Partners in Preservation campaign.

Well, the bigs over at Partners in Preservation slept on it, and “in recognition of the extreme closeness of the competition and the extraordinary efforts of both organizations to rally support,” decided that “Town Hall Seattle will also receive their full grant request of $125,000.” This is unprecedented in the five years of PIP programs across the country (Chicago, San Francisco, Boston, New Orleans)…

In announcing the decision, PIP said that “Town Hall Seattle staged a comeback resulting in several swings of the tally on the final day of voting.”

That was yesterday, and that was you, along with thousands of other Town Hall members and friends. Your vote, and your unflagging advocacy to others, truly made this possible. It was that close.

We’ll be back in touch regarding our project itself—if all goes according to plan you’ll see scaffolding around the building this summer.

In the meantime, our sincere congratulations to the Schooner Adventuress for a great campaign, and to the other 23 truly wonderful sites awaiting word on their levels of funding. These places are integral to our sense of collective memory that is the foundation of a healthy community. Western Washington is a richer place for these treasures, and for the people who ensure their continued life. (And I am personally grateful to PIP for giving me at least 10 things to check out this summer—from Johnson Farm on Anderson Island to the Bowman Bay Kitchen Shelter!)

But really, congratulations to you. Your ideas, energy, and commitment are the font of all good things at Town Hall. Not just in this crazy campaign, but all year long.

Wier Harman
Executive Director
Town Hall Seattle