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.