Hey guys. I feel like I never get to talk to you on this website anymore, and of that I am truly sorry. I’m taking steps to fix it in the coming days and weeks.
In the meantime, I’m afraid that I have to do the worst thing one human being can ever do to another:
I’m asking you for money.
Hey wait! Don’t stop reading.
This money happens to be for an incredibly good cause. Before I get to that, there are probably some of you who don’t know about the Triangle Media Ryder Cup. The basics: It’s a golf tournament between traditional media types (newspaper, radio, television) and internet types (me and my ilk). For more information, check out these links:
–The Triangle Media Ryder Cup – format, location, etc.
The latest news is that Knight’s Play, the course we’ll be playing at in Apex, North Carolina, has agreed to sponsor us by waiving the charge for our rounds. A truly class move from a great local course.
Now that you’re caught up, I’d like ask that you help us support Communities in Schools of Durham, our chosen charity. You’ll find guided donation instructions below, along with our current total, but I’d like to spend a couple short paragraphs telling you about the organization.
CIS-Durham’s goal, in their words, is “to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life.” I highly recommend visiting their website to learn about the specific strategies, such as summer reading programs, dropout prevention programs, parent counseling, and full-time staff in schools dedicated to the sole purpose of increasing the graduation rate.
This is a tremendously worthy cause, and one I’ve personally vetted. All my research, and everyone I’ve spoken with, confirms that what they’re doing is integral to under-served students in Durham. As journalists and as people, anything we can do to improve the quality of education in American cities has benefits that reach beyond the students we help. When kids drop out of high school, which happens 400 times per year in Durham, they’re more likely to go on welfare, commit crime, and end up in gangs and prison. That hurts us all- it hurts us financially and in more indirect ways.
In education’s case, a high tide really does raise all ships. We’re hoping to raise $1,000 to support them through the Triangle Media Ryder Cup. $500 of that total will come from the 16 golfers heading out to Apex on Saturday, June 16.
This is where you come in. Our goal is to raise the other $500 from the general public. If you’ve ever enjoyed the free writing of anyone on Team Internet, or consumed your news from the folks on Team Traditional, we’d ask you to help out. Even if you don’t know who we are, but would like to aid the educational process in Durham, we’d deeply appreciate the help. A donation as low as $10 gets us closer to the goal.
Tracie Miller, the Development Director at CIS-Durham, has generously agreed to keep track of donations that come through the Triangle Media Ryder Cup. That way, we can calculate our total at the end. Here’s how to donate, and please pay special attention to step 6.
1. Go to CIS-Durham’s online donation site.
2. Put the total of your donation in the box at the top, and click update. Do this first, before you go any further.
3. To pay through Paypal, just log in to your Paypal account on that same page. Skip to step 6, but please do read step 6.
4. If you don’t have Paypal, simply click on the left side of the page where it says, “Don’t have a PayPal account? Use your credit card or bank account (where available). Continue.”
5. Enter your secure information.
6. THIS IS IMPORTANT. On the payment page, before you click “donate” at the bottom, click the small link up top that says “Add special instructions to the seller.” In that box, type “Triangle Media Ryder Cup.” That’s how they’ll know it’s from us, and how we can keep a running total.
7. Click donate, and voila, you’re done. I just went through the process and donated $10, which makes me a $50 donor once I pay the entry fee. It took me 1.5 minutes, and some of that was used to try find my wallet (couch cushion).
I can’t thank you enough for reading this, and if you donate, let me know here or on twitter so I can thank you personally. We’ll also keep an updated tally as we hopefully approach our goal.
Total Donations to Date: $510
Next Wednesday, Mark Armstrong (WTVD) and I will announce the pairings for the first round. Stay tuned!