By Jesse Carr
None of this would have been possible without you. Your participation, your dedication, and your hard work made our first climb a success, and for that, we are grateful.
There are two things that are paramount in charity work: Sponsorship's and participation. Without one or the other your results will be minimized. This year, the climb was a success with minimum sponsorship's and maximum participation. We had a total number of 191 registered climbers.
When we initially budgeted the climb we knew our expenses would be in the $8,000-$12,000 range. In fact, our first budget for the climb marked total expenses at $11,942.97. Through sponsorship's, price breaks, and allocation of resources we were able to bring our actual operating cost down to
This included things like paying expenses to meet city permit requirements (having porta potty's, hiring Dallas Police and Dallas Fire), hiring a professional timing company, marketing for the event, awards, and T-shirt costs.
Because we do not have any other sources of revenue we had to offset the total cost of the event with the cost of registration. We asked climbers to pay a registration fee to climb, which went to paying the cost to operate the climb, and then raise at least $100 for the charity of their choice through pledges. Pledges raised can been seen at goheroes.org/choose. Remember, you still have two days to pledge!
Our total profit for the climb, not including the pledges, was $11,899.66. Using that money to pay the bills leaves us with a net profit of $3,096. Those funds will be divided by three and given to Peace Officer Angels Foundation, The Andy Allison Firefighter Fund, and Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America.
From the beginning it was our goal to raise as much money as we could for the beneficiaries that were selected. However, the Heroes Memorial Climb was never intended to be just a fundraiser. We host the climb in order to honor and pay tribute to those who have gone before us as first responders and military personnel.
In keeping true to our mission it is our goal to Remember, Respect, and Recognize our heroes, and we believe that through your participation and support we accomplished just that.
By Jesse Carr
I'd be lying if I said I wasn't nervous - anxious really.
As we prepared to launch our inaugural stair climb with all an all-volunteer staff, everything that could possibly go wrong crossed my mind.
I worried that we wouldn't have enough climbers. I worried that we wouldn't find enough sponsors to cover costs. I was worried that we wouldn't have enough volunteers to run the event. You get the point, I was worried.
The closer and closer we got to the event I began to question myself. I began wondering if the time I was spending away from my family was worth it. I wondered if I was spending my own money on a good cause or just a program that would be mediocre until it died.
But as the climb neared and registration numbers started increasing, we began to see the fruits of our labor, and I was reminded of why we do what we do.
It didn't really hit me at 0500 when we showed up to the tower. I was focused on setting up, killing mosquito's, and trying to make sure I was prepared to answer all the questions I knew would be asked. However, as time passed and men and women in uniforms and gear began to arrive, I was reminded why it is we do this.
It reminded me not only who I was carrying, but like Clint Bruce said, who was carrying me.
The bagpipes with their sweet sound of Amazing Grace truly emphasized the mood and the moment as I watched my brothers and sisters in uniform make their way to the tower. Firefighters, police officers, paramedics, military veterans, and thankful men and women walked side by side.
In that moment no one was worried about what time they would get. In that moment we walked in silence, as the notes of that 236 year old hymn echoed off the pavement we were remembering and paying respect to those who have gone before us - we were recognizing the sacrifices made by our heroes.
Over the next week we will be crunching numbers and sorting through after action reports. Since our inception it has been our goal to be 100 percent transparent, and we aren't about to change that.
As soon as we have an exact lock on number of participants, amount of funds raised, and the amount spent on the event we will be publishing an article that will break down our operating costs for the event, as well as the money that was brought in for each charity.
Don't forget that if you still wish to donate money to either POAF, IAVA, or the Andy Allison Fund, you can still do that at http://www.goheroes.org/choose.html.
It is our intent to host this event again next year and to do that we would like your help. If you have positive or negative feedback to give us please use https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/TBRMVMS.
If you have immediate concerns or requests please contact Jason@goheroes.org and Jesse@goheroes.org.
Thank you so much to our volunteers, the vendors who came out, and our sponsors who made this all possible.
And above all - thank you for joining us as we remember - respect - and recognize the men and women who have sacrificed so much for our community, state, and nation.