Operation Get Melissa to the Gala!
Organized by: Ryan Levitz
Got my refund
December 23, 2016
EVENT DATE Nov 12, 2016
Melissa Smith was one of the early recipients of the the Chive Charities grants and flash charity campaigns. Long story short, Melissa hasn't been dealt a great hand in life. After beating cancer, twice, she became paralyzed. The paralysis was caused by the radiation used to beat the cancer. See the full story here: https://chivecharities.org/story/melissa-smith. In 2013, The Chive and Chive Nation raised $450,000 for her. This money was used to get her into a house that is 100% accessible to her now that she is in a wheelchair. Every year for the past 3 years, The Chive has put on the Green Gala; an event where all of the Green Members, members that donate $100 a month to the Chive Fund, get together in Austin to mingle with each other and meet some of the recipients of their donations. I got to meet Melissa at the first 2 Galas and her story really touched my heart. She wasn't at the 3rd Gala, and I was bummed. November 12, 2016 is the 4th Gala. I want to get Melissa out there again. I have been in contact with her over the past few days. I am personally paying for her flight to Austin and her hotel. This is a lot of money, but the amount of joy that it will bring Melissa makes it a no-brainer. I am asking for help in funding this. Whether I hit my goal, or don't even get 1 cent in donations, Melissa will still be there. Any extra money that I raise will go towards making her trip more comfortable (better hotel, better airline seat, etc), or to a charity. Melissa will be the one to decide this.