Monday, May 13, 2013

T-21 Days Update...

Wow - three weeks from today will be our very first pedaling day of Looking Out Across America!  Time flies, and we are feverishly preparing for the journey!


We've put a lot of effort into soliciting corporate donations and sponsorships lately, but we know that Brandi fans/ATers are some of the most generous folks on the planet - so, we are asking for YOUR help to make LOAA a success for the Fight the Fear Campaign and Looking Out Foundation

We plan on presenting one of those silly, oversized checks to the Looking Out Foundation at the 2013 Raise the Roof event.  We want there to be a big, crazy, awesome number on that check!  Maybe you just got your tax refund?  Maybe you found $10 in your coat pocket as you put it away for the season?  Maybe you saved $2 by using coupons at the grocery store this week?  If you're feeling generous, and want to help the Looking Out Foundation, click on that PayPal button over there on the right and help them out!

We've also been adding those generous people's names to our Sponsors tab (First name, last initial only!).  We'd love to see that list grow :)  Any donation is appreciated!


Other than maybe some minor toiletry items, I do believe each and every last little piece of anything that will ride across the country with us on our bikes this summer is either in our possession or on its way to us!  Thank you to all of you generous souls who helped fulfill the rest of our Amazon Wish List!  You are the best!  We stopped in to our favorite local bike shop (Indy Cycle Specialist) this afternoon to purchase the last of our items - folding spare tires.  And...rather than spend twice as much on a tent footprint, we'd like to thank Heather for her fantastic idea of using Tyvek house-wrap!  It was half the price of a footprint, and will be lighter to carry, and is now on its way to our house via the miracle of Ebay.


We are excited about this part...we'll soon be auctioning off a really great Brandi Carlile Band print by our talened photographer pal Ruthi David, and autographed by the one-and-only Brandi Carlile!  The auction will be Ebay-based, and we'll be sure to smatter social media with it once it's live!  In a fun twist of fate, we happened to win the same print autographed by the band at last year's Raise the Roof event - it's been gracing our living room wall for months now, and it is awesome!

We will also have at least one more auction or raffle item (that we are super-excited about!), but we are still working out the details and format...more to come on that!  (Oh, the suspense!)

Kick-Off Parties

Our Indianapolis party now has a location!  It'll be at the Mt. Pleasant shelter at Eagle Creek Park around 4pm on Saturday, May 25th.  Come on out if you can - we only ask that you RSVP on our Facebook page!  We'll provide food and drink (all non-alcoholic though - silly park regulations!).  There's a playground near the shelter if you have kids.

We're still working on a location for our Washington, D.C., but it'll be on Sunday, June 2nd at a bar, most likely.  Thinking late evening as of now - if you want to stay apprised of any changes, RSVP to the East Coast Kick-Off party on Facebook!

News Articles

Look - we were in the news!  The Williamsburg Yorktown Daily did a little article about us, and you can read it here:  Two Charity Bike Rides Coming Through Historic Triangle Soon

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