We hope you had a safe and enjoyable 4th of July weekend! With June now behind us, I'd like to provide a recap on our current Dare to Doodle Fundraising efforts, and share a reminder about our upcoming events!

If you recall, we set a modest goal of $7,200 to help cover the time and materials it takes to organize and manage 12 monthly events. When we first launched our Dare to Doodle Fund in May, we saw a strong initial push and ended the month with $736 contributed towards Kalamadoodle's future.

During the month of June, we held a wonderful event in the Bell's Beer Garden. The warm sunshine and eccentric atmosphere was a true delight, and with an estimated 200 people participating throughout the night, it may have been our most successful event yet!

In the Beer Garden, many of you purchased our Dare to Doodle shirts; the first physical product we've offered to the general public. These shirts were printed and gifted to us by Kalamazoo Sportswear and Regalia, and we appreciate their generous support of this project. We also received a decent amount of donations in the jar that we keep on the sign-in table at every event. Thank you to everyone who contributed.

But overall, the month of June fell flat. The amount raised between the June event donations and online portal totaled $179, bringing our overall total to $915, or 13% of our goal.

This puts us behind schedule for reaching our goal of $7,200 by August 31st. I can't say with any absolute certainty what will happen if we don't reach the amount needed to help offset our costs and cover some of our time, but we'd like to avoid that road if at all possible. WE LOVE KALAMADOODLE, the creativity it inspires, and the community it brings together, and will do everything we can to keep it going; but to do so we need your help!

Please visit our Events page to stay informed about ways you can get involved and support this project. Next Wednesday, we have a screening of 2001: A Space Odyssey at Alamao Drafthouse, who has been kind enough to offer a portion of ticket sales to help support Kalamadoodle's future. It would be great to see you there!

Right now, the best way to contribute to Kalamadoodle is to donate via our online portal. Having this information online helps us keep track of who has supported our cause and will allow us to provide future gifts, high-fives, and, "thanks," accordingly. (We've seen a few attempts at donations, but card info (CVV, Address, etc) wasn't properly entered or verified. If you meant to donate once but it didn't process, please try again and let us know if you think there is an error!)

On the fence about donating? We've had several friends and community members phrase it this way: If you're willing to spend $10 (2 beers @ $5/ea) on beer at each brewery Kalamadoodle visits, please consider spending $120 ($10/event) or more to help sustain the event you've come to enjoy and love, and may be the reason you're there supporting that local brewery.

Thank you, Kalamazoo, for all of your love and support and for helping make these events possible. We appreciate your enthusiasm and encouragement more than you know, and are working incredibly hard to keep this going. Please consider a donation to the Dare to Doodle Fund, and become a bigger part of this growing community!


Mike Klok and the Kalamadoodle Team