We crossed the $11,000 mark this week in donations given to Midland Fair Havens through Blogging For Fair Havens, a testament to the generous spirit of Midlanders. I wouldn't feel complete without personally thanking everyone who gave. I'll do the best I can, but some will just get away.
Blogging for Fair Havens may have started out as solely a blogging event a few years back, but it has evolved into much more. It is a communitywide party now and quite frankly it might very well be held on an even wider-scale next year. I won't be so bold as to make any predictions, but if the years of growth from one event to the next are any indication, this thing is on an upward trend that doesn't appear to want to slow down any time soon.
The blogging portion of the event took a back seat this year. At least my part did. People want to come out now and be a part of the whole circus-like atmosphere thing at the H-E-B parking lot. Which is not to say the bloggers who participated by raising money and blogging at their own sites didn't do a marvelous job in making it even bigger and better: they did. We have a good community of caring bloggers who want the best for this place, and I must tell you with as much conviction as I can possibly muster that that generosity and caring spirit very much includes the anonymous folks at Jessica's Well as much as any other site. I appreciate Ospurt and another anonymous Wellhead for dropping by and making me realize the character of the people involved in that largely faceless operation.
Thanks to Janie Snelson and her infectious spirit. People cannot turn this woman down and Midland is better for it. Thanks to George Johns for coming by twice and blogging from his site, Sleepless in Midland. His words are far more generous than I deserve and again, Midland is better for his having served this place. Hats off to Wallace Craig, one of the true personalities of the local blogging community. A good photographer with a line of bull for most anybody, he has been a huge help to Fair Havens and for that we are appreciative as well. Thanks to J.P. Hearn for his groovy photo illustration of the Blogging For Fair Havens event for the entire 24 hour event. It was no doubt tough taking and processing 24 hours worth of pictures throughout the nite, but J.P. certainly painted the mood of the marathon very well.
And thanks to Jeff McDonald (right) for blogging from not one but two sites -- his own Archaeotexture and then the West Texas Missioners site. Jeff had the challenging task of being first and doing so before we had begun to iron out the kinks last Saturday morning. It wasn't the best of scenario for Jeff, but he was a good sport about it and we're grateful.
Thanks to this group of caring folks. I hope we can count on all of them next year to help make it even bigger and better. If you see one of these bloggers, thank 'em. They done good.
In addition to the bloggers we had aiding in the effort, we had a number of local media celebrities, all of whom were giving of their own time, and on the weekend to top it off. People are always pulling at guys like Mel Hudman, Spencer Bennett, John Moesch, Tom Tefertiller, Horace Brown and Jay Hendricks, so giving Fair Havens a slice of your time was more meaningful than you realize. Thanks also to Wes Perry, Greg Witt, Carla Smith and Dr. Gary Madden, all of whom made the event better for having shared themselves.
All of these people we thank ... and that's not even taking into consideration the people who actually made a donation to Fair Havens. That list is far too long to mention, but a list that contains the names of many people who are all deserving of personal thank yous.