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Please DON'T come to my party tonight!

Sara Lingafelter
Sara Lingafelter
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Who: You and me.

What: A Happy New Years Non-Party

When: From now until 11:59 PM on January 1st.

Where: Wherever your bunny slippers take you.

Why: To raise funds for Big City Mountaineers. I’ve pledged to raise at least $4,000, and to do my very best to climb Mount Rainier in August, to meet that fundrising goal.

How: Please view the non-invitation for all of the details… or, keep reading if you’re not on Facebook.

You can also cut to the chase by visiting my Summit for Someone home page and making a tax-deductable donation today.

What on earth am I talking about? Read on for the whole story.

Dear friends and family,

I know you’re all busy tonight.

But please — and I know this is last minute — consider joining me for my at-home fundraiser to benefit Big City Mountaineers.

Yes… I’m inviting you to an event that’s not actually happening. But keep reading, please.

This August, if the mountain and the weather permit, I’ll be climbing Mount Rainier via the Disappointment Cleaver route, with a summit at over 14,000 feet. Why would I do this to myself?

Because I love the views.

And, because I believe with my whole heart, that part of the reason the universe made me a climber is to help get other people outside — especially, kids… and especially, girls who might not otherwise discover about themselves what I’ve discovered about myself in my life as a climber. My climb will raise funds for Big City Mountaineers, via their Summit for Someone program.

I’m asking for you to help me get kids outside.

Please, during this event that doesn’t require a ticket, a shower, clean clothes, or even for you to change out of your bunny slippers… join me.

I’m asking for $14 of your help. That’s one dollar for each thousand feet of mountain, just about. It’s also way less than most people I know will spend on booze this evening.

Consider it a warm-up for tonight. You can have two fewer drinks during your New Years’ festivities. Your liver will thank both of us, and you can feel good knowing that your donation will help some kid, somewhere, get out into a natural space near where they live. Perhaps, it will be a first of a lifetime experience, that changes the course of her life.

If each of you donate $14 today, I’ll blow my minimum fundraising amount of $4,000 out of the water. If each of you donate $14 today, I’ll still fundraise in 2010, but my planned events (think, slideshows from my trip to Nepal) will have a lower “suggested donation” to attend, which will make them more fun for all of us.

Every donation will help me reach my goal, and help a bunch of teens spend a week in the mountains next summer. Your $14 donation will pay for part of the costs of a teen to spend a week in the backcountry with some positive role models.

To donate by credit or debit card, just click the “Donate” button on my fundraising page, here:

When you complete the donation process, you’ll receive a confirmation e-mail that functions as a tax document, which allows you to deduct your contribution. (And you’ll get an ecstatic “thank you” e-mail from me.)

Thank you for your help, and have a great night tonight. I won’t see you there!


Sara Lingafelter

Sara (Grace) Lingafelter takes steps forward and backward toward a right-sized life on a daily basis.