Last night was the Big Reveal, the Unveiling, the culmination of eight months hard work and a whole lot of love and commitment. Against all expectations, I didn’t cry–came a little close when I was thanking people at the end but for the most part I managed to hold it together. And the reaction from the crowd (about 250 strong!) was wonderful. I was really just too overwhelmed to notice anything other than the ridiculously powerful spotlight in my face but I’m told that there was a huge gasp of (hopefully) astonishment. Lots of people milled around and looked at the blanket, searching out squares that they knew about or had knit. It was quite a moment. I’ve posted lots of pictures on the facebook page, including plenty of the drag show that followed–which was fabulous, by the way, but as I know that not everyone has a facebook account it would be remiss of me not to post photos here.
Before the pictures though let me remind any interested parties that squares are still available for sponsorship and right now I’m trying to raise as much money as possible for the Diversity Project LGBT Scholarship. There’s a link to Paypal over on the right of this page, you can donate via Paypal or you can send a check directly to me. If you choose Paypal, please send it to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you want to send a check, email me (at the same address) for further details. Let’s see if we can make this $1000 into $2000!
Now, though, it’s picture time!
Doesn’t it look fantastic?
With the blanket itself completed and unveiled, it’s now time to turn our attention to the Diversity Project LGBT Scholarship. Already, there’s $1,000 in the Scholarship Fund but I’m excited to see just how much more we can raise and just how much of a contribution we can make to one (or maybe more?) LGBT student’s life.
Here’s where anyone can contribute. There are 168 squares in the Diversity Project and you can sponsor one. I’m suggesting a minimum donation amount of $20 but you can really donate any amount that you like. Contributions can be sent via Paypal–there’s a button over there on the right of the page which will take you directly to Paypal, and payments should be sent to email@example.com. Alternatively, you can send me a check–but please email me (same address as Paypal) for details of where to send your check.
If you are making a payment via Paypal, please be certain to put all your details in the information box as you check out–that will enable me to make sure your sponsorship details are fully noted and acknowledged, although if you would prefer to remain anonymous that’s fine too.
There’s no time limit right now on sponsorship, although I am hoping to be in a position to award the Scholarship in the upcoming 2012/13 school year. Further details about that will follow in due course.
I know so many of you have already participated in this Project and have made it a tremendous success–please help in making this final stage meaningful for one of our LGBT students and sponsor a square today.