It’s been a busy year so far and there’s LOTS of news to share! The first half of the year was truly a “trip” for us as we travelled all over the place introducing Emma to new audiences from Vermont to Florida. As of this writing, more than 1,800 people have heard Grandma’s tale in six months! Be sure to check our calendar on page 3 for upcoming presentations of all our programs. Of course, the BIG excitement was the PBS premier of TRAIL MAGIC on WOUB/PBS in Athens, Ohio on June 14th! A Big Thank You to Mark Brewer, Loring Lovett and ALL the WOUB staff who made this special event possible. Final steps are being taken to make the film ready for general PBS distribution.
If you’re interested in having this documentary shown on your local station, give them a call and request it.
Contact your local PBS station by August 19th and request recording the show and/or an air date. The link http://netaonline.org/ourmembers.htm lists all stations who are NETA members, and their call letters on that webpage link to those stations, so you should should be able to find your station contact information.
So, what happens next? Well, getting to our “Mt. Katahdin” on this Trail means finalizing ways to get Emma’s story out and finding support to do that (Yes, that’s where YOU come in!). There is a special description of all this on page 2 and I hope that you will find your way to join me on this last part of the journey in one way or another. On a personal note, it’s been a wonderful trip walking in Emma’s shoes (at least metaphorically if not physically). I truly admire her survivorship skills and stamina and I know that Peter, Kelly, Anne and the rest of our group who have worked to produce these tributes to her feel the same way. I hope that her story continues to inspire all who come in contact with our projects. Thank you to everyone who helped us along the trail!
We are now launching a fundraising drive to make Grandma Gatewood’s story more accessible to groups and individuals. Emma’s story has a wide appeal and presentations of the storytelling program, play and film have been held in many venues since each of these programs premiered and have been seen by more than 4,000 people! Now our goal is to raise a modest $5,000 in order to:
1. Pay for closed captioning the documentary for PBS.
2. Provide funds for packaging and mailing the DVD. 3
3. Support staff time to research venues, contact and schedule events, design marketing materials and promote all of the Grandma Gatewood programs.
4. Fund duplication of the TRAIL MAGIC DVD that will provide a renewable revenue resource for the Grandma Gatewood project. We welcome any contribution you can give to keep us on our trail. Every dollar will get us closer to our goal of $5,000. Your donation will be appreciated and is tax-deductible since Eden Valley Enterprises is a not-for-profit corporation.
A form is below or you may donate on-line with a credit card at http://tinyurl.com/gegdonate. OH — did I mention we have some special thank you gifts for your help? We are also in need of volunteers to help spread the word about this program. If you are able to volunteer some time to help with any type of marketing including social media posting and researching/contacting presentation venues, libraries and resellers of our DVD, please send us an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
Be sure to check our website to find out how your purchases at Amazon and GoodShop/GoodSearch can also help us! Thanks for all your support.
Can you help? Yes! I want to help get Grandma Gatewood’s story out and my tax-deductible gift is enclosed!
Thru-Hiker ($250+) $________ (receive a free copy of the DVD, TRAIL MAGIC: THE GRANDMA GATEWOOD STORY, and a copy of the e-book, GRANDMA GATEWOOD: OHIO’S LEGENDARY HIKER)
Section Hiker ($100 +) $________ (receive a free copy of the DVD of the storytelling program, GRANDMA GATEWOOD: OHIO’S LEGENDARY HIKER, and the companion e-book)
Weekender ($50 +) $________ (receive a free copy of the e-book, GRANDMA GATEWOOD: OHIO’S LEGENDARY HIKER)
Hiker’s Friend ($25+) $________
Other $ ______
NAME:____________________________________________________________ADDRESS:__________________________________________________________CITY: ____________________________ STATE: ____ ZIP: ____________
Mail this form with your check made payable to EDEN VALLEY ENTERPRISES to: EDEN VALLEY ENTERPRISES | 1250 EAST RIVER ST | ELYRIA, OHIO 44035. THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!