Remember this picture?
That was back in April. We took up the boards when the Spring rains were behind us. This is the spot for the memorial brick walkway.
I have chosen the Polar Engraving company to do our bricks. This is based on research into several brick engraver fundraising companies. The reasons for choosing this company are these. One, MY cost. With input from all of you, we will ask $50 or $55 for each brick. MY cost will be $16.50 per brick with text only (one to three lines of text, up to 20 characters and spaces per line). This is the $50 donation brick. Two (another reason for choosing this company) - the $55 brick includes a symbol or picture. That brick will cost me $22.50. Once I discovered a company that would include a picture on the brick, I knew some of you would really want that. (If you choose to add a picture, the company recommends only 15 characters and spaces per line.) Three, shipping is included in the price. So we will net a donation of $33.50 on the text-only bricks and $32.50 on the with-picture bricks. With just ten bricks, we’ll have over three hundred dollars of donation money. Wow. Wow. Wow.
You can go to Polar Engraving yourself and look around. The brick color I’ve chosen is Impressions #9 (beige). It shows up the best on the ground. You can browse through the clip art to see if you would like to add a picture or symbol. There are pictures of cats and pictures of dogs. There are many other pictures and symbols, too. (I used an angel on my sample brick.) To look at clip art: Go to the website and hold your cursor over MEMORIAL BRICKS in the blue bar at the top (to the right of HOME). A list will pop up and you can click on SYMBOLS & CLIPART (third to the last in the list). OR, you can go to the far right and click on the sixth choice in that column (it has a picture of a butterfly). Scroll down to browse through your choices. Some of the categories are Animals, Nature, Religious Symbols, and Miscellaneous. If you want a wider selection of dogs or cats to choose from, notice the link to additional pictures at the top of that page. Just above where the “Animals” clipart begins, there are three http’s. The first is for more dog pictures. The next one is for more cat pictures. These are actually pictures of particular breeds, but you might find something that fits. Or - you might prefer a sunburst (under Special Activities) or a heart (under Miscellaneous).
My sample brick.
I will actually be the one to take your orders myself.
1. You will email me with your text (and picture if you’re choosing one). Email address is firstname.lastname@example.org
Bricks with text only can have one, two, or three lines. Each line can have up to 20 characters/spaces. (18 or less is recommended.)
Bricks with text and picture can also have one, two, or three lines of text, but the company recommends no more than 15 characters/spaces per line. (My sample brick has 17 in a line and a picture. I don't think it looks crowded, but it depends on the picture.)
2. Make your donation. I have a donate button in the sidebar. I have moved it to the very top. You can email and ask for my home address if you prefer to send a check. Donation for a text-only brick is $50. Donation for a text-and-picture brick is $55.
I have instructions from Polar Engraving to group several individual requests together into one order, fill out their order form, send them the money, and they will send me a delivery of engraved bricks. Once I send them their payment, everything on top of cost is money to use here for the rescue work. When the bricks arrive here, I will show you what they look like. As the weather gets a little cooler, we will start our walkway leading to the cathouse. Of course, there will be pictures of that, too, as it becomes a reality.
I will collect orders throughout August and send away our first batch by sometime in the early part of September. Polar Engraving has assured me that I can make future orders as I wish. After this first batch in August to celebrate Winnie’s Wish, I can continue to collect orders. If this goes over well, I will probably offer the same opportunity before Christmas for anyone who wants to do a memorial brick as a holiday gift. I am SO excited to see who you want to memorialize. This type of fundraiser is special because it helps me pay for the rescue work while providing a permanent memorial for a pet that is/was near and dear to one of you. That is just neat!
The company is Polar Engraving. If you have questions about any of this, you can email me at email@example.com.
Have a great weekend.
ADDENDUM: Andrea (Celestial Kitties) just brought up a good point in her comment. I have been talking about the bricks project as a "memorial" fundraiser. And though I know many of you will want a brick to "memorialize" a somebody you have lost, it is completely OK to get a brick for a living somebody. Example: Andrea adopted Leo from us. He is a Winnie's Wish kitty. She wants to do a brick from Leo, with Love. Sounds like a great idea to me!