HUGS CAFE wrote -
For the last several months, we've been raising money like it's our job and we're so close to achieving our goal we can taste it! The outpouring of love and support for Hugs Cafe has been nothing short of inspirational, but we're still not quite there. With your help and a little luck, we can change that.
Our mission is to create an inviting place of training and employment for adults with special needs while providing dignity, self-worth and developing respect in the community. Up to this point, we've been focusing on the training aspect of our mission and now it's time to dive in head first and tackle the biggest challenge of them all; our first location.
This $50,000 is more than just a number. It means we get to be a part of something bigger than ourselves and give back to an incredible group of people that has largely been overlooked by society. It means we get to make tangible, positive changes in the lives of our future teammates and the community as a whole.
But what is it going towards? Every penny of this $50,000 will directly fund our start-up costs including equipment, appliances, supplies, restaurant build-outs, our continuing education and training program, operational costs, and more. If we raise more than the $50,000, every additional penny will go right back into the business and will serve as a nest egg for future locations down the road.
Without this money, we can't open Hugs Cafe.
We can't provide training or hire any future teammates. We can't create a place where they can develop and showcase their skills and passions. We can't help them find something that many of us take for granted; a place in society where they feel welcome and respected.
We're going to raise this money! The world needs Hugs Cafe and we're going to make it happen.
To thank you for your donations, we'd like to offer a few incentives to sweeten the pot (as if the warm fuzzies you're already feeling aren't enough) including:
- $10 A hug from one of our world famous greeters when you visit
- $20 Your photo featured on our daily slideshow at the restaurant
- $50 One free Hugs Cafe signature cookie
- $100 One Hugs Cafe car window sticker
- $250 Your name as the Daily Special for one day
- $500 Your name on a brick in the restaurant
- $1,000 All of the above and a lifetime's worth of warm fuzzies
If that's still not enough Ruth, our Founder & President, has vowed that if we raise $50,000 she will dye her hair green! And it gets even better; if we raise $75,000 she will dye her hair green and blue to match the Hugs Cafe logo!
We can do this and you're the ones that are going to make it happen. Let's make Hugs Cafe a reality. Thank you so much for your support.