Thank you all SO much!
June 21, 2017
BENEFITING: US Association for UNHCR
I asked Neil Gaiman if he'd do a live reading of the Cheesecake Factory menu if I raised $500,000 for a charity of his choice. And because he's not just a great artist but a great person, he said yes. He chose UNHCR, the United Nations Refugee Agency. I want to hit this goal by World Refugee Day on June 20.
You read that right. If we hit $500K, Neil has kindly agreed to do a live reading of the greatest restaurant menu of all time. It's about 8000 pages, last time I checked. Have you heard Neil's voice? Mellifluous, I tell you. There's a reason he won an award for audiobooks along with all the 18,000 other things he's won as an author/screenwriter/producer/raconteur/hero.
FYI, the hashtag for this silliness is #neilcake. Why? Because it is silly and good.
I'll arrange with Neil at his convenience to do the reading within the next year in a public setting, whether onstage or online. If it's onstage, I'll sell tickets and donate profits after costs to UNHCR. Regardless, I will make the event available to the general public via livestream or a lovely video you can watch later whilst weeping at the beauty of Neil Gaiman saying "avocado egg rolls."
You think you loved "American Gods" or "Sandman" or "Good Omens" or his "Doctor Who" episodes or the other 18,000 great things he's written? This will almost certainly be better or at least involve more Snickers and Oreo references.
Most important of all: UNHCR does extraordinary work with refugees. According to UNHCR, "An unprecedented 65.3 million people around the world have been forced from home. Among them are nearly 21.3 million refugees, over half of whom are under the age of 18." Refugees are often denied basic rights such as education, healthcare, employment and freedom of movement. Neil's been active on behalf of world refugees for years. It's a fantastic cause.
Please note: I've set the goal a little higher than $500,000 because I want to cover the processing fee from Crowdrise (it's lower than other industry competitors, which is one reason I chose Crowdrise. You also have the option of covering your own fee when you make your donation.)
Also note: neither Neil Gaiman nor the Cheesecake Factory is a sponsor of this event. It's just one cheesecake-addicted, "Sandman"/"American Gods" on STARZ fan's idea. Let's do something good. And let's have fun doing it.
For more about UNHCR: UNCHR.org
For more about me: SaraBenincasa.com
Thanks so much for reading about #neilcake.
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