Well guys! Our campaign has come to an end! I want to send out a big thank you to EVERYONE who made pledges to this cause! While we did not hit the mark, Marshawn did graciously agree to match and donate whatever we could raise in pledges! I know that he will make us proud, as he always does. 12's around the world are flying high on the heels of our phenomenal win over San Francisco, and our impending trip to the Super Bowl! I am more inspired than ever by the generosity and passion that resides within our 12th Man tribe! I'm so proud to be a part of this amazing community of giving people! I will leave you with this: the next time you see something that you don't agree with, take a stand! Create a platform for your voice to be heard. And take every opportunity to make the lives of those around you better! GO HAWKS!!!
Just when I start to think it is hopeless, ya'll fire it back up again! I have a couple of people working on contacting corporate donations - otherwise we just keep spreading the good word! I'm in until Sunday morning, and I will keep trying to find a way! GO HAWKS!!!
Alex - C-LINK was on my list, as was Larson Automotive Group and Beacon Plumbing. This campaign ends on Sunday morning, way before the game starts. Maybe you could call their corporate headquarters and see if you can get any of them on board? I'd appreciate it!
GGGRRR!!! Just came home to a really nasty message from an obvious 49'ers fan!!! Sad face all the way around today everybody! I was only able to connect with 1 corporate entity, who declined the opportunity to participate. The rest of my work week is grueling, so I won't have an opportunity to make more phone calls. If somebody wants to jump in and attempt to rally some corporate sponsorship, I would welcome the help. Otherwise, I think we are a bust! Everyone keeps commenting that we should just donate what we have. We CANNOT do that - the campaign is all or nothing. If we don't raise $50K, it all goes away. Period. Any creative thinkers out there know how to raise $30K in 5 days? I'm listening!!! GO HAWKS!
Alright guys - it's been almost 24 hours without any activity. But I'm not giving up. Tomorrow, I am going to reach out to some of our Washington businesses and ask them to contribute so that we can reach our goal. I'm thinking Starbucks, Costco, Microsoft, Boeing, Century Link, Beacon Plumbing"¦
Hey 12th Man! I am asking for all of you to dig deeper than you ever have and get the word out about this campaign. As it sits now, we are $5k below our target to make the deadline of $50K by the 19th! At this rate, we are not going to make it! Please share, donate, tell your friends and family! I know we can do this together! There is no way for me to "undo" the All or Nothing campaign! All of this goes away if we don't hit the mark! And while it is VERY generous of Marshawn to match whatever we raise - I don't want to let him down! He NEVER let's us down! He fights to the death, and we should too! PLEASE HELP HOWEVER YOU CAN! We have $30K to raise and 7 days to make it happen! GO 12th MAN!!!
For some reason, this cite will not let me post videos unless they are embedded from youtube, so I am posting all kinds of fantastic videos on my All Things Seahawks facebook page! Please head over when you get a chance and check out some of the art that the local talent has created for our beloved Seahawks! Seattle is ON FIRE right now - total strangers walking through the city high 5'in and yelling Seahawks! It's an electric environment when our city is charged up - much like the environment at the CLINK. It's bringing out the best in people, like the one I just posted, "Marshawn Lynch -Born To Run" is the perfect explanation as to how this charity event came to be! It's gonna be a great day! I 3ELIEVE!!! GO HAWKS!!! GO 12th MAN!!!
We have fallen back to less than half a day ahead to meet our goal! THIS IS IT! We still have $30K to raise, and NINE DAYS to do it! Which means, we need to be pulling $3.3k per day! Share, speak, show EVERYONE YOU KNOW - even if you already have, please do it again! I was hoping to have $24K cleared by the end of the weekend! Maybe watching the game and seeing how much Marshawn offers up in his mind, body and soul will inspire folks to give generously! Remember, this is an ALL OR NOTHING campaign - if we don't make the mark, it is game over! Marshawn is watching this page - he is reading the comments, and he believes in us! TAP IN YA'LL!
C'MON 12TH MAN - I KNOW WE CAN DO THIS!!!
GOOD MORNING 12'S! Need a favor please! Can one of you creative types please make me a picture similar to my profile pic over there that reads, CHARITY BEAST MODE with an ON switch ? I'd like to have it delivered on my 'All Things Seahawks' community page on Facebook! Which by the way, supports local artists who sell one of a kind Seahawks items! It's a great place to shop for the Hawks fan in your life, and a free marketing tool for the crafty 12's among us! THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE - Now, get that sleep out of your eyes and go DO BIG THINGS!!! GO HAWKS!!!
WELL! It's been one heck of a day! I hope that all of you got a chance to hear the good news from Marshawn regarding his fine! I'm ecstatic over these numbers! We are getting donations from every corner of the world! Let's keep it going and finish what we started! DO BIG THINGS 12'S!!!
It's a brand new day! I am fully recharged and pressing on! Woke up to a boatload of positive feedback in the inbox this morning. I really appreciate those of you who are taking the time to show your support in a less public forum. It is the fuel in my engine!
I'm going to try to get in contact with Marshawns reps' today (reportedly Doug Hendrickson) to get the communications started! I will update you on my progress as soon as I can! In the meantime, please take a moment and share, share, share the campaign - we are here to DO BIG THINGS! GO HAWKS - GO 12TH MAN!
I am really mad at myself for letting the B.S. dictate what I came here to say. And what I came here to say is that we are 2 days ahead of schedule (we needed to raise $3,571.43 a day to make $50K in 14 days) in terms of making our goal. We are approaching the goal for the end of day 5 at the end of day 3. I'm sorry I got off track guys - from here on out, I am just going to delete the negativity, and focus on getting this done! You people blow my mind! GO 12TH MAN!
Okay folks, I have been instructed to RISE above all of the DRAMA that is being created and focus on what I came here to do. For the record, I have no intention of quitting my day job, so if my inability to respond in a timely manner makes me suspect, then I would suggest you take up my work schedule with my boss. I am running the logistics side of this campaign 100% on my own - I am doing the best I can. A few points need clarification:
1. I WILL NOT be cashing the check, should we make our goal. I WILL NOT be opening an account, to accommodate the cashing of said check. If the check or money order is drawn on a bank that I can WALK into, then I will exchange my check for a check issued in Marshawns name. If that is not possible, then I will be handing Marshawn a check, that I have signed over to him. Ya'll need to get this part - UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES WILL I BE CASHING THAT CHECK. I won't open myself up to that type of liability.
2. I want to thank ALL of you that are supporting me and walking through this process in a trusting manner. YOU have made this a magical experience for me. It's my first time, and for some reason people want a copy of my business plan"¦which doesn't exist, as I have stated before. You, and my belief in supporting Marshawn, are the only reasons I haven't dumped this entire effort.
3. If you want to sit around and criticize how I run this campaign, then I would encourage you to GET OFF MY PAGE and go start your own. Let's see if YOU have what it takes to stand in the fire"¦
4. The reason I brought up the point about finding a charity, is because I suspect that Marshawn is going to ask me to donate our contributions rather than accept the money. I thought it would be prudent to have a PLAN B. I also thought it would be nice to think about our local options. You know, the high schools who haven't had new football equipment since the 70's? I thought Kitna would be an AWESOME resource, seeing as how he just did a charitable contribution for that very cause. But, that is ALLLLLL out the window now, because after opening up that dialogue - everybody claims I am changing the plan. So, in an attempt to avoid confusion, I will no longer entertain charity options. I repeat - I am going to hand him a check, so that he may do whatever he wants with it. If he refuses, I will shove the check down the back of his pants and run for my life. Coming home to a barrage of slander makes me a difficult person to be around. Not that I am easy to be around to begin with, but the slander certainly does not help.
I need someone to get me the contact information for Marshawns agent, so that I can schedule a meeting to discuss the campaign. My understanding is his agent is with a firm in Bellevue, however I cannot be certain how legit that info is. I won't have an opportunity to research this on my own until the weekend.
I will know more about where we are going, once I am in direct communication with Marshawn or his people. If that is too ambiguous for you, then I understand. I ask that you simply call your bank and revoke your donation. We are moving forward, with or without you.
Lunch break log in!!! HOLY CASH I CANT BELIEVE IT!!! 12 DAYS LEFT 12TH MAN! We are gonna blow the doors off of this little statement! I have an idea what to do with the cash. I will lay it out tonight when I get home from work! IVE SAID IT BEFORE AND I WILL SAY IT AGAIN! 12'S DONT PLAY SMALL AND THIS IS PROOF OF THAT! KEEP DOING BIG THINGS YA'LL!!! TTYL!
LOL! Okay, somebody just sent me a message with a suggestion that we buy a billboard at Century Link with our donations. I'm thinkin'"¦nawww - it's already been done, and it was an EPIC FAIL! Nexxxxtttt"¦ :)
Sitting here, basking in gratitude. 2 hours ago, I logged in and found a whole bunch of downers trying to break us. It made me question what I was doing. I It made me sad that people can be so cruel. It made me believe for a tenth of a second, that in the end this would not be worth it. And as I was about to log off, a little voice in my head reminded me that Marshawn would never quit. Ever. Well, I'm looking around here now - and all I see is generosity and love. No hate, no negativity, no judgement. The light has overpowered the dark. And to me, it is very much like heaven.
I'm so proud of us. I'm so proud to be a part of this generous tribe. Just gonna bask in it for a while, and hope that I get the chance to thank Marshawn in person, for being such a huge inspiration to all of us who love and adore his spirit. He often wonders why we "like him" so much. Oh my darling Beast Mode, if you only saw what we see in you. :)
Tonight, WE are rushing for dollars. WE are breaking tackles, and driving towards the end zone. We are using our legs and our minds, and our hearts and every ounce of our passion to get a win. Tonight, this game is ours. And Marshawn is our 12th Man"¦quietly watching our progress, rooting us on and feeling so proud to be a part of something so phenomenal. How blessed are we? Did you EVER dream that WE would be playing for HIM? Thank you all for giving me this experience. I will treasure it forever. XO
Hey everyone! Up until this morning, I was able to keep up with the "thank you" notes for each donation, but I have come home to SOOOO many new donations today that I fear I may never catch up! I am ecstatic with the amount of activity on the page! I know that King 5 and NW Cable News is running our story, and you 12's are sharing like crazy! What a fantastic experience this has been to see everyone coming together for a common cause. I can't wait to see where we are in 2 weeks!
I have put some thought into some of the negative comments that are being posted about this campaign. And while I am trying VERY hard to be respectful of how you feel, some of you make it very challenging to remain respectful. Would you be so kind as to take your opinions somewhere else? Nobody knows who you are, and nobody cares what you think. Phone a friend, but don't rain on our parade. You don't have to like it. And you also don't need to tell us. We are having fun. We believe in our cause, and we believe that many lives will be affected by this little grassroots movement in a very positive way. And if you don't see that, then you don't know Marshawn very well. We don't wish to hear how ridiculous or useless or blah blah blah we are. Or what a "BANDWAGONER" I am?!? We are a nation of 12's on a mission"¦you don't have to be a part of it. In fact, if all you have to do is knock me down - I'd prefer that you weren't a part of it.
This is a movement of principal. I have no intention of "paying his fine" so all you law students can stand down. The league is not going to impose "sanctions." The propaganda needs to stop. It's not about making Marshawn more wealthy"¦in fact, it isn't about the money at all. We aren't really invested in the outcome. This is simply a gesture to show him that we, the 12th Man, stand firmly in our position that we feel an injustice has been done, and we are committed to making it right, in our own way. If you don't agree, I respect that. I would ask you to go somewhere else to have that conversation. The 12th Man doesn't play small, ever. We are here to make a VERY strong statement of our own, and that statement is well underway. It's kind of the 12th Man way. We can't be broken, and it is events such as these where we bring our indomitable spirit out for the world to see. We are the greatest fan base in the Universe. And this is a window into that commitment. Rather simple if you ask me. :)
Every single one of you "positive contributors" make me proud. Whether you gave $5.00 or $500. or simply offered words of encouragement for Marshawn. The 12th Man is a magical component to this team, and any of our players would say that. I have been, and will always be a very proud 12. Let's finish this thing ya'll"¦
Hi Frank! Thanks for the inquiry - I have to admit, I haven't locked down 'that' part of the plan yet, I can assure you that I have EVERY intention of hand delivering a check to Marshawn. Something tells me that if 500 12's show up at VMAC asking to deliver a check to Marshawn in the amount of $50K, he might be interested in hearing me out? Maybe I would need to schedule through his agent? Maybe I need to contact the PR folks? I've never done this before, but I'm not going to let that deter me from the goal. I will just figure it out as I go. I am totally open to suggestions in regards to how to make this happen.
Believe me - the BS has already started - but the good news is, I set this up as an "All or Nothing" campaign. If we don't hit the $50K mark, nobody gets charged. I don't have access to the money, because there is not money to access. And nobody gets charged unless we hit the mark. All I know is that Go Fund Me takes 5% of every donation for their fees and the rest goes into Marshawns bucket. I'm sorry that I don't have the answers that will make you feel better about it. I kinda came up with this idea this morning, and now here we are. I suppose I should thank you for bringing to my attention the fact that I might be opening myself up for skeptics. My brain never even went there. I can tell you that I am an honest person, who believes Marshawn is being bullied. I can tell you that I don't know HOW I am going to get this money to him, but that I WILL get this money to him. I can tell you that if you or someone you know can help make that happen, I would really appreciate the help getting connected to him. I can tell you that I have posted on his page several times today, letting him know that his loyal 12's are doing what we can to make it right for him. I can tell you that when I do get to hand him this check, there is a very good chance that I am going to burst into tears, or pass out - so if you or someone else could be standing next to me for moral support, I'd appreciate it.
Am I crazy? Maybe. But hopefully it's the kind of crazy that inspires people. I'd like to believe that Steve Jobs is looking down on me right now, with a "Atta kid" kind of smile across his face. :)
I have entertained a "Plan B" in the event that I can't get access to Marshawn. I thought maybe we could decide as a community which charity we would like to donate to. Russell has a charity, Richard has a charity, Max has a charity. Even Marshawn has a charity in California. I don't think we are going to have a hard time finding a non-profit to take the cash off of our hands. Marshawns charity in his hometown of Oakland, hosts an annual "Family 1st Football Camp." I thought that maybe I could just make $50K donation to that? I know it sounds really off the cuff, but that is kind of the way that I work. But I believe in speaking up, I believe in this community of amazing people and at the end of the day - even if it fails, at least I did something.
I understand if you are skeptical and respect your choice not to participate. Either way, I'm pushing forward. In the next couple of weeks, you might be watching the news and see a whole mob of 12's down at VMAC with a publishers clearing house sized check for Marshawn. That will be us, and this little grassroots effort telling the NFL to kick rocks, because we support our guy - even if he doesn't want to talk. GO HAWKS!!!
I don't really care who gets the money, that's not at all what this campaign is about. I created this campaign to ensure that Marshawn knows that we (12th Man) do not support the BULLYING that is taking place by the NFL. I'm not going to apologize for using this cite to help raise awareness for something I believe in. Whether I deliver a check to Marshawn or the charity of his choice makes no difference to me. And for those of you who say, "he can afford it.." you have completely missed the point. In fact, I'm wondering if that is the same mentality that set the fine at $50K? It's wrong, and I'm not going to stand by and watch it happen, to anyone - EVEN IF IT'S MARSHAWN LYNCH! GO HAWKS!!!
For those of you who are not aware, our beloved "Beast Mode" Marshawn Lynch has been fined $50,000. by the NFL for refusing to speak to the media in 2013, which is a reported violation of his NFL contract. I have a few things to say about this:
1. FIFTY THOUSAND DOLLARS?!? SERIOUSLY?!? 2. Has anyone considered that Marshawn has a fear or problem with public speaking? You know, like the other 74% of the population? Watch the body language in this video and decide for yourself. Is Marshawn being difficult, or would he rather be home jamming thumbtacks through his toenails to avoid having to speak to a room full of strangers?!?
I think it is absurd that this man has to pay the NFL a fine of this magnitude and further, be forced to speak when he doesn't want to. $50K? Under what other circumstance would a player be forced to pay such an obscene amount of money? Just because the man has money, doesn't mean he should be a target! PLEASE! I have started this campaign in the hopes that every 12th Man will donate at least $1.00 to cover the amount of the fine imposed on Marshawn by the NFL. I will personally deliver the check at the end of the campaign, along with the message that the 12th Man has your back. Does Marshawn need this money? No. But I think it would be a good time to let Marshawn know, that we don't need his interviews or his thoughts to appreciate the amazing talent he is, and the contribution he makes to our team. And that we recognize the injustice that has been done to him, and we will not stand for it. What Marshawn does with the money is not my concern - maybe he will pay it forward and donate our collections to a non-profit that helps people overcome their fear of public speaking!!! GO HAWKS and GO 12th MAN!!!
Sending all prayers, dialing for dollars, and have all hope in the world that Loren's campaign is going to succeed!!! We have until Sunday folks, keep donating, sharing, and getting the word out. We all came together, almost 1000 people STRONG!!! This is our opportunity to be a part of something WAY bigger than just us. #GOHAWKS Thank you Loren!! ♥
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