This will likely be one of the final updates on this project. Earlier today, I deposited the money into Mr. Ramsey's bank account and am now waiting on him to confirm it made it to him.
I want to take a moment to thank each of you who wanted to say Thank You to Charles.
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Hello all! Another quick update (only a few left now...)
Today, I got a confirmation that all the donations were transferred to my account. I visited my bank this evening to get a cashier's check so that I can deposit in Charle's account tomorrow (another bank). Here is a photo of said cashier's check with the full amount (after GoFundMe/WePay took their fair share).
Here is a video from Charles saying thanks to you all.
Just got off the phone with Charles and wanted to provide you with a quick update.
First off, I'm opting out (for now) of flying to Cleveland. My personal schedule isn't accommodating a quick flight (have a bunch of engagements this weekend and a vacation coming up next week)"¦ so we're going to go the route of wiring him money. I might be heading to the east coast in the not-so-distant future and will try to meet Charles, in person, to shake his hand. I do appreciate all of you who offered to help pay for the flight. That's less an issue for me as it is that I be around the next several days for work/personal stuff in Portland.
Secondly, Charles wanted to reiterate how grateful he is for the donations you've all sent in. He offered to send a video message for me to share with you all. Once I get that, I'll post for you!
Thirdly, one person with a $100 donation--pushed a refund option before it was processed, so that total amount went down to $15,096 (before GoFundMe/WePay fees). Just want to be transparent on that front!
* Still waiting for GoFundMe/WePay to finish processing all the donations"¦ about half of the funds are now in my personal account to wire.
* Will wire some funds in the next day to him"¦ the remainder, I hope, next week.
Have a good night folks!
p.s. Thanks again to everyone who has sent me positive (or less than positive) messages over the past week and a half. I'll continue to keep you posted on the progress of closing up this project!
Hello all, I trust that you're all having an excellent week!?
Just a quick update on the GoFundMe money transfer progress. Because it takes several days for everyone's donations to clear the credit card processing company... I'm still waiting on about 75% of the funds to process and then be available to transfer. Hoping it's just a few more days of waiting... tic toc...
In the meantime, I'm catching up on things at the office. :-)
I just wanted to let you know that I'm officially closing the fund raising as of now... for a few reasons.
1. We passed our $10k goal a few days ago!
2. The sooner I close this, the sooner we can cut Charles a check.
3. The IRS isn't going to bug me (Robby) as long as the amount is less than $14,000. With the processing fees that GoFundMe and WePay factor into our total amount... we're basically around that figure right now. (just got out of a meeting with my tax accountant to discuss this)
As you know, I spoke earlier today with "Chuck" about things and am coordinating things with folks close to him. Given that GoFundMe has a processing time of anywhere between 3-5 business days, I'm going to leave the fund open at least through the weekend. So--if you want to make a donation... it's not too late!
They did ask that I warn you all that there are a number of FAKE Facebook and Twitter accounts that are trying to capitalize off of the situation. Also, Charles states that he did NOT speak with TMZ in some interviews, nor did he promote some rap artist via Facebook, OR start his own donation site (or gift cards, etc.).
He has a number of upcoming interviews over the coming week--stay tuned for that. As for this project, I'm working out logistics for how to get the money from GoFundMe->Me->Charles in an efficient manner. (I need to speak with my accountant... and Charles needs to get one as well... fun legal stuff to sort through!)
In the meantime... do know that Charles has expressed deep gratitude for how gracious you've all been.
Between you and me... he's quite the character on the phone too! He's the real deal... if anything, what you saw on TV was mild in comparison. ;-)
As for me, I wanted to let you all know how much I've appreciated reading the nice messages that you've sent to me over the past few days.
Again... please be aware that:
* Charles is NOT on twitter
* Charles is NOT on facebook
* Charles has NOT been interviewed by TMZ -- despite what they claim
* Charles has NOT started his own donation site(s) or requested money online himself...
Given that it's going to be a few days, at least, before we can sync up with Charles to get him the donations--I'm going to keep this fund open and anything else that trickles in will be icing on the cake for him.
If you want to send Charles a "Thank You" in the form of some cash... feel free to contribute.
FYI -- I just spoke with Charles' employer (@ Hodges).
Charles is on the road (media-related)... once he returns to Cleveland, they're going to be working on helping him get accounting advice before they take any of the contributions. Once that is sorted, we'll be able to get him the funds.
His employer thanked all of you for being so kind and looks forward to sharing the news with Charles.
We just passed $7,000 USD... donations coming in from all over. We're getting some national news coverage now (Huffington Post)... my grandmother in Colorado Springs, CO just messaged me to say, "I saw you talking about your fund raising project on my local news."
We're well on our way towards our goal... perhaps we set it too low!
Thanks to everyone who has contributed and helped spread the word so far.
I'm trying to get in touch with someone who can get me in touch with Mr. Ramsey.
Thank you for doing what you did... thank you for the fantastic interviews. You made us smile. You made our day.
Love, The Internet
We did it!
About This Project
Charles Ramsey helped rescue a few girls who were kidnapped nearly a decade ago in Ohio. We've seen his interviews... let's send that man some cash for drinks, food, a huge party...whatever he decides to do with it.
The initial $10,000 goal was an arbitrary number that I expect we'll easily pass.
I, Robby Russell, of Portland, Oregon will see to it that every cent donated (after gofundme takes their cut) is delivered to him in the form of a HUGE CHECK from the INTERNET.
In an effort to be transparent about this... we want to get a photo of him with said check to show that your money made it to him. If this relies on me flying there (thanks to everyone who has offered to donate their accrued airline miles...) so be it. If you're a Cleveland news reporter that wants to help me make this happen--please get in touch with me.
"Not getting involved" seems to be the norm these days. I appreciate that you did not follow the norm. Please accept my tiny gift..It's your time to be rewarded. ..don't worry the girls will be taken care of also...I'm certain book and movie deals will come their way.
This story has truly moved my heart and the way that I look at people and life in general. Here we have a man who is struggling through life but when the call comes to help a desperate victim he doesn't flinch or think twice about doing the right thing. It brought tears to my eyes to hear this financially struggling man decline any reward money and pass it along to the innocent victims. What this monster did to these poor girls is nothing less than pure evil, but Charles Ramsey should inspire us all that we can do something about the depravity and injustices that are occurring in this world. Charles you are a great man and nothing less than HERO.
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