I've never re-printed an email here before, but this one is special. Scott and Katie are Air Force friends of ours, both exceptional pilots, who after serving well, left the Air Force to pursue other dreams. In Katie's case, it was getting her master's degree in philanthropy. (She's probably the only woman (or man) who flew and instructed in the F-15E and has a Master of Arts in Philanthropic Studies. Plus, she writes the world's best thank you notes.) I knew she would do great things, but this is outstanding:
Dear Friends and Family,
This is a quick note to share some fun and exciting news. Katie and I "won" the Oprah's Big Give -- Indiana. From over 550 entries, Katie's was one of two selected to receive $5,000.00 and three weeks of television coverage to implement her proposal. I am on her committee, but she is the "CEO." We are a week into it and our heads are spinning, but our hearts are growing!! Indiana is such a wonderful state, and we are overwhelmed by the response of support we have received.
Katie is feverishly trying to:
1. Raise at least $120,000.00 to furnish a 40 unit apartment building that will provide housing for 40 homeless, honorably discharged veterans,
2. Raise awareness that nearly 30% of our homeless across the country are veterans, and
3. plan a large Grand Finale on 10 April with Corporate Executives, politicians, and nearly 150 people. We are just thankful we won the opportunity to help those that have served us and fought for freedom.
Here's how you can help. Pray for us and for those serving and those that have served. Click on the links above to learn more about what we are doing and lend a hand if you can. Pray a little more. And, spread the word. Again, we have only two weeks left to achieve our goal.
Thanks for your time, and sorry for the mass email.
Faithfully, Scott and Katie Taylor
Well. I'm in. How about you?
More info and to donate: Operation Heartland.
Also, see the post below.