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Go Team Venture! 
12th-Apr-2010 04:04 pm
Social Change
So there was this walk yesterday! You may have heard me talk about it!

From Walk for Change

[L-R:
Seated: feste_sylvain and yendi
Middle: fiddle_dragon holding Celefin, Beena, El, Kritter, Elayna, me, Rockstar P. held by rintrahroars
Back: swashbucklr, Pete, jennifer, David, badlittlemonkey
Not pictured: letoile82 and her son, who, alas, we never connected with]

Team Venture raised a kickass $2,783.80 for BARCC. We were the #4 team in terms of fundraising, right after the three branches of BARCC volunteers and before the interns. That's pretty staggering. Given a little more money, we could've overtaken Hotline, which has the most volunteers. Pretty awesome, guys.

I'll let everyone thank their own sponsors, if only because I don't have time to go through everyone's lists and match people to LJ names, but from me and Elayna: Thank you so much to our amazing sponsors arianhwyvar, lunalovegoddess, wavesandmoon, fiddle_dragon, feste_sylvain, majes, lordlnyc, alexandraerin, iangunn, Daniel D., miss_lisa_ma, Anonymous, wren13, muse0fire, Richard, browngirl, alicia_stardust, emilytheslayer, shadowriderhope, theferrett, persis, pierceheart, Jaime, lensman, thesilentpoet, Merlyn, Cinema Babe, asim, celticfeminist, swashbucklr, cabell, and phantom_wolfboy! You rule!

I love these walks. Not just BARCC's - I used to do AIDS Walk when I lived in Florida and Georgia. There is something about a gathering of hundreds to thousands (we had 1300) of people who really passionately *care* about something that you yourself care about that just transports me. It is so powerful to look back, as we did exiting the Smoot bridge, and see that river of people streaming out behind you...

My team was amazing. Not just in fundraising, but in general niftiness! This is the biggest walk team I've ever had, and I love that so many wonderful friends came out to walk. They all deserve major props! Team Venture also got major bonus points for staying after and helping take down the Clothesline Project, and for feste_sylvain helping to run a registration table. Yes, I love to help perhaps more than the average person - but my friends are likewise above average. <3

Several co-workers told me today how great it was to see the teenagers. They were just tremendously joyful. We had a really happy group in general!

About halfway through the walk, I started hearing some rumblings of "how much longer?" from said teenagers. So. I sang.

And got them all singing.

"Bohemian Rhapsody". Selected works by Jonathan Coulton and They Might Be Giants. "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot".

The entirety of Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog.

People were amazed and amused. :)

I care a lot about this work. And I'm the only one in my crowd who does this sort of work, so getting this concrete reminder that all of these wonderful people support this mission and want to help - I keep saying amazing, because it is.

Thank you.
Comments 
12th-Apr-2010 08:07 pm (UTC)
Can't host pics on facebook for LJ.

I am smiling imagining the Team singing Dr. Horrible and Queen while walking.
12th-Apr-2010 08:09 pm (UTC)
I've done it before... argh. And our connection is so slow Scrapbook isn't loading. Stand by.
12th-Apr-2010 08:18 pm (UTC)
Just used Picasa.

Yeah, "Bohemian Rhapsody" was their idea even. Rock!
12th-Apr-2010 10:07 pm (UTC)
Stand back, everyone! Nothing here to see!

...

I need a Captain Hammer icon.
12th-Apr-2010 10:26 pm (UTC)
I have no idea how I missed you guys, so sad!!
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13th-Apr-2010 02:15 am (UTC)
The advantage of having a polyamourist support your cause: they bring their husband AND their boyfriend!
13th-Apr-2010 03:17 am (UTC)
WOO!
13th-Apr-2010 02:22 am (UTC)
Amazing picture! I love the whole damned lot of you, y'know! *world is rocked yet again*
13th-Apr-2010 02:38 am (UTC)
Before reading the caption saying who was who, I squinted and said, "Is that Elayna hiding behind that girl's shoulder and flashing a gang sign?"

Word. :)
13th-Apr-2010 02:42 am (UTC)
Just metal horns!
13th-Apr-2010 03:16 am (UTC)
Awesome! I'm so psyched that everyone showed such support for the cause.
Bryanna says: "Mom and I are joining you next year. Expect to hear about Japanese boy bands." LOL
13th-Apr-2010 07:04 am (UTC)
You guys are Superfriends!
28th-Apr-2010 05:18 am (UTC)
You are awesome. Go Team Venture indeed!

(And, thank you, I had very nearly managed to forget about the Venture Brothers cartoon until now...)
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