Texans fans activate! Bum Phillips Opera

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  1. Texans_Chick

    Texans_Chick Utopian Dreamer

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    We got enough fund raising to create the score to the Bum Phillips Opera.

    Now we need to raise enough money to fund the production:

    http://www.usaprojects.org/project/bum_phillips_2014_world_premiere_opera

    About:

    It is tax-deductable.

    And the website puts all the proceeds towards the production without taking anything out.

    And you can get stuff back at different donation levels. Like having your name on the program.

    If you have a spare $300, you can get an autographed copy of his autobiography.

    If you have a spare $2000 hanging around, you can go out to Bum's ranch.

    And if you donate, and let us know you donated in this thread, I will give you happy rep points because I can't do much more than that.

    They are desperate to get this funding by the deadline, because if they get this funding, they get additional funding that makes it work.

    Ultimately, I like to honor and support people while they are still alive. Getting this opera together would be a small way to honor someone who was important in Houston's history.
     
  2. Grams

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    I donated a little bit.

    They are up to $600.00.
     
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    This would make its goal in a few days if they did the performance somewhere in texas. Houston's performing arts scene is 2nd only to NY and it would be a huge event here.
     
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    Ummmm, Steph??

    Is this or is this not the same project that I donated to that got me the personally signed book by Bum 'Coach, Cowboy, Christian'?

    *EDIT*
    And by "Cowboy" he didn't mean those folks in southern Oklahoma.
     
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    Good question. I was wondering that also, having donated and got Bum's book myself....
     
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    You're a freakin' stud for donating!!

    I mean if it's the same project and they need a few more bucks, they'll get it.

    If it's a new project, they'll get it......... But I'll need some new swag. ;)
     
  7. Texans_Chick

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    OK, this is the deal.

    Our last fundraiser created the words and music. The score. The staging.

    They used that to do a rehearsal of it.

    Now they want to produce it for a broader audience. So need more money for that part.

    As for Houston, the producer is from Houston. He wants it to be here. They are hoping that staging it in NYC, they can get bigger level funding for a larger production in Houston, and then perhaps bigger than that if successful.

    The $20,000 isn't the entire amount for the staging. They need that amount to show interest so that other grants go through. They don't get the fan cash, they don't get the extra money.
     
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    If anyone knows some opera big wig in Houston, the creative director is coming to town in August. He is trying to get interest in staging it here.

    I do not know any opera peoples. Maybe someone else here does.
     


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    The director of the show wanted me to thank all y'all who have donated so far. He could see the activity coming from this message board.

    Yay Texans Talk!

    The more donations the production gets, the more realistic it looks to others for them to donate too. So you all have helped get this going.

    He says that they very much want to get the show to Houston. That getting good reviews in NYC would help. They are also eyeing grants that would allow a touring show.

    We can make this happen. Please consider a donation big or small to support this.

    Bum is 89 years old. We can certainly raise $20,000 to make this happen, as a small way to honor him.

    At the $300 level, you get that autographed book and other stuff. If you already have one of those, consider getting an autograph as a gift for someone else. Father's Day is coming.

    Please donate: http://www.usaprojects.org/project/bum_phillips_2014_world_premiere_opera

    Right now we are at $950. Let's bust a grand.
     
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    Have you sent this to the arts and lifestyle editor and bloggers? Opera sponsor types are more likely to be reading that section of the paper
     
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    Just left the site. Now it says this when you donate
    No clue on how long this matching thing is good for. But now's the time if you're thinking about kicking in.
     
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    I'm sending it all over.

    Ultimately, I am hoping that there are enough people who really, really love Bum to at least get their name on the Production Sponsor list at their premier.
     
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    So far:

    $1200.

    1 to 1 matching activated right now.

    Only 5 people from Texas have donated.

    We can do better than this.
     
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    Right on! I'm in for this stage of the project as well. Thanks for the explanation.
     
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    We are stuck at 11 contributors. $1200.

    My post on this has been FB shared 128 times, and tweeted 26 times.

    The challenge is to not just get people to share the info, but to actually act on it.

    I hate hate hate asking for folks to donate money. At the same time, if we can't get this funded, we sort of suck. Bum Phillips is one of the most likable people in the world.

    It takes about 5 minutes to make a donation. Be one of those people whose name is on the premiere playbill.

    Direct link:

    http://www.usaprojects.org/project/bum_phillips_2014_world_premiere_opera
     
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    They are up to $1300.00

    Still a long way to go.
     
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    Wish I could donate, but in a sort of financially tight period right now. I'll be in a better position in a month or so, but time is tight so not sure if this will still be available.

    Is there any way that you can get this story to one of his former players? Heck, even one of the current Houston Texans players for that matter! If they could just donate an amount equal to a night out would make a big difference.
     

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