Category: Fundraiser

PHOTOS: Eclectablog’s 3rd Annual Fundraiser Party a huge success – THANK YOU!

PHOTOS: Eclectablog’s 3rd Annual Fundraiser Party a huge success – THANK YOU!

Well, the 2016 Eclectablog Fundraiser Party is now in the history books. It was an incredible evening with a room packed with around 100 blog readers & fans and progressive leaders from a wide variety of organizations. Here are some photos taken by Anne of the evening. Read more ›
THANK YOU! Here’s our final sponsor list for tonight’s Eclectablog fundraiser

THANK YOU! Here’s our final sponsor list for tonight’s Eclectablog fundraiser

In just three hours we’ll be kicking off the Third Annual Eclectablog fundraising party at the ABC Microbrewery in Ypsilanti. If you’re in the area, we’d love to have you join us. Although it’s slated to run from 7-9 p.m., we have added musical entertainment by the amazing folk duo Mustard’s Retreat so we’ve extended the time to 10 p.m.

Here is the final list of sponsors and it’s an amazing list (newly added sponsors in bold:

Protector of the Public sponsorship:

  • Planned Parenthood Affiliates of Michigan
  • 12th District Democrats
  • Zack Pohl
  • AFT Michigan
  • State Rep. Jeff Irwin
  • Barb Fuller, candidate for State House District 52
  • Jane Forman
  • Grassroots Midwest
  • Sierra Club – Michigan Chapter
  • Pat & Paul Cousins
  • Eli Savit & Amanda Rice

Champion of the Commons sponsorship:

  • Doug Scott
  • DiSano Strategies
  • Mustard’s Retreat
  • Matt & Rene Greff
  • Washtenaw County Clerk/Register of Deeds Larry Kestenbaum and Janice Gutfreund
  • UAW Region 1A
  • Clean Water Action

Equality Evangelist sponsorship:

  • Gerald & Christine Erickson
  • ACLU of Michigan
  • Michigan Democratic Party

Guardian of Good Government sponsorship:

  • Michigan Nurses Association
  • Progress Michigan

Democracy Defender sponsorship

  • Michigan Education Association
  • Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters and Millwrights
  • UAW-Community Action Programs (CAP)
  • American Federation of Teachers (National)

Legislative Challenge sponsorship

  • Washtenaw County Commissioner Andy LaBarre

A HUGE thank you to our sponsors.…

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Thank you to Governor Snyder and the GOP-controlled legislature

Thank you to Governor Snyder and the GOP-controlled legislature

As posted on the Eclectablog website, tonight is a big night for the blog, the first amendment and free speech in general. The Eclectablog site proudly states:

Our third annual Eclectafundraiser party will be Tuesday, May 17, 2016 at the ABC Microbrewery (aka, Corner Brewery) in Ypsilanti from 7-9 p.m. In an effort to better connect with our readers and to help build a more well-connected community, this year’s event will feature an “Ask Us Anything!” interactive discussion with all of the Eclectabloggers and YOU! Even better, the discussion will moderated by two of our favorite progressives: State House Rep. Jon Hoadley and former State House Rep.…

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Can’t afford a ticket to Eclectablog’s 3rd Annual Fundraiser party? Come anyway! (Read this post for details)

Can’t afford a ticket to Eclectablog’s 3rd Annual Fundraiser party? Come anyway! (Read this post for details)

Tomorrow is our 3rd Annual Eclectablog Fundraiser Party. As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, we’re asking for a $35 donation at the door ($30 in advance + Eventbrite fee, click HERE to purchase your ticket.)

However, we understand that not everyone can afford that and we don’t want anyone to miss the event. Fortunately, through the generosity of some anonymous donors, we have you covered! If you would like to come and can’t afford the ticket price, contact me by clicking HERE to let me know and we’ll put you on the guest list. This, of course, includes free food, beer, entertainment and the highly-coveted special edition 2016 Eclectagrog souvenir glass.…

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Mustard’s Retreat to play at Eclectablog’s 3rd annual fundraiser + more sponsors!

Mustard’s Retreat to play at Eclectablog’s 3rd annual fundraiser + more sponsors!

I’m very happy to announce that the amazing folk duo Mustard’s Retreat will play some music for us at our 3rd annual Eclectablog fundraiser party in Ypsilanti next Tuesday, May 17th. As part of their set, they’ll be playing their song “Take the Children and Run”, a remake of Don Lange’s song written after the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant disaster.

You can hear the song HERE.

Tickets to the party are $30 in advance and $35 at the door. You can buy them now by clicking HERE. As in previous years, we’ll have a raffle, complementary food & beer, and a limited edition “Eclectagrog” beer glass as a souvenir.…

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Announcing the first sponsors of the 2016 annual Eclectablog fundraiser

Announcing the first sponsors of the 2016 annual Eclectablog fundraiser

As you know by now, our annual fundraiser party is coming up soon (May 17 – 7-9 p.m. at the ABC Microbrewery in Ypsilanti.) It’s going to be a really fun night and you’ll get to meet the amazing writers that make Eclectablog the premier progressive blog in Michigan and one of biggest state blogs in the country.

As I said in my piece last month, in an effort to better connect with our readers and to help build a more well-connected community, this year’s event will feature an “Ask Us Anything!” interactive discussion with all of the Eclectabloggers and YOU!…

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SAVE THE DATE: Third annual Eclectablog fundraising party – May 17, 2016 at ABC Microbrewery

SAVE THE DATE: Third annual Eclectablog fundraising party – May 17, 2016 at ABC Microbrewery

Every day, every week, every month of the year, Eclectablog is here, championing progressive causes and holding those in power accountable for their actions. Day after day, the writers here at Eclectablog are providing essential analysis and advocacy, spreading word of the valuable work of progressive activists and groups, and holding elected officials’ feet to the fire.

In return, we come to you, our readers, and ask you to support what we do. Our model, where all regular contributors are paid for their superlative writing, is rare but it’s one that represents our progressive values.

We come to you asking for money as infrequently as possible and, once a year, we try to do something that’s fun.…

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EVENT: Join Clean Water Action in showing your “Love For Clean Water” – Ann Arbor, Wednesday Feb. 10

EVENT: Join Clean Water Action in showing your “Love For Clean Water” – Ann Arbor, Wednesday Feb. 10

On Wednesday this week, Friends of the Blog Clean Water Action are having fun event at Arbor Brewing Company - 114 East Washington Street in Ann Arbor - called "We Love Clean Water". Eclectablog is a proud sponsor of this fundraiser where we'll be joined by State Rep. Jeff Irwin. The event starts at 6 p.m. and tickets are only $25 each or $40 per couple (make it an early Valentine's Day night out!) Click HERE to purchase tickets. RSVP on Facebook HERE. Read more ›
Give a little bit, give a little bit of your love to us

Give a little bit, give a little bit of your love to us

There’s so much that we need to share, so find yourself — and help us bring our funding home.

With apologies to Supertramp — and for giving Eclectablog’s readers an earworm — I can’t get this song out of my head during the final stretch of our fundraising week.

If you’re reading this, it’s because you think Eclectablog is worth your time. As a regular contributor, I admit I’m biased, but just consider the amazing work Chris Savage has been doing keeping up with the rapidly unfolding new developments in Flint. As LOLGOP pointed out, Chris regularly shines a light on the mess caused by political malfeasance in Michigan.…

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When it comes to progressive values, we simply cannot compromise

When it comes to progressive values, we simply cannot compromise

We’re nearing the end of our first quarter fundraiser and, unfortunately, it hasn’t been a particularly robust one. This worries me. With taxes due soon and our bank account dwindling, there is a real possibility that I will need to restrict how many posts our regular contributors can publish because there simply won’t be enough money to pay them. And, while I suspect all of our writers would do it without pay, that’s not how we roll at Eclectablog. We’re a progressive blog and that means people here get paid fairly for their creative output. That’s a progressive value I won’t compromise on.…

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Thank you for sharing the responsibility of making Eclectablog what is it: Accountable and transparent…what a concept!

Thank you for sharing the responsibility of making Eclectablog what is it: Accountable and transparent…what a concept!

During the periodic times of year that Eclectablog asks for your financial support, I always find it an affirmation to the vision and incredible hard work of Chris Savage and the entire staff at Eclectablog, including and maybe especially Anne Savage, who is very much an unsung hero of this critical and important news source. Her dedication, creativity, point of view, and support of us all is done quietly, but is ever present. I can only imagine how crucial her support of Chris must be on a daily basis, as she continues to pursue and expand her amazing career as a very gifted professional photographer.…

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