It seems strange to be writing in my blog for the first time in a year, and to look back at my last entry, and realize it’s my passion for the same subject that’s brought me back.
Dr. Protas did a great job with the State Employee Charitable Campaign last year; she brought energy, style and enthusiasm to the effort, and energized all around her. The effort showed; the final campaign tally for 2010 topped a half a million dollars in support from the remarkable people of UTMB ($528,278, to be exact).
So here we are in 2011, on the verge of launching another campaign, a new type of campaign. In 2011, it’s up to us: this year it’s the “People’s Campaign.” No official chair to lead, wrangle, plead, implore and cajole. As someone who’s been involved in some fashion in these campaigns for a while, the thought of not having a “fearless leader” arrived unwelcome; it inspired that knee-jerk that often acccompanies change. How could we do it without our combination quarterback and cheerleader? We’ve been fortunate to have some great campaign chairs (more on them in a later post), and they’d all been instrumental to success. But as the idea sunk in, it started to make a lot of sense. If one motivated person like Dr. Protas could do so much, what if we had a dozen, or fifty, people just as committed as she was to seeing the campaign be successful? What would the collective impact be? And what better time than now, when technology makes it so easy for large groups to connect, engage and share?
Bad governments have been toppled, social uprisings have spread like wildfire, people have banded in spontaneous response to help victims of fire, flood and earthquake. Why couldn’t we, as a group with such an incredible history of sharing and supporting our communities and important causes, be counted on to carry the campaign torch ourselves?
So, I’m no longer worried. I know we can do it, you and me and a few thousand of our closest friends, a few dollars at a time. Watch for ways to engage starting Nov. 1.