Get my Mom to my retirement ceremony!

$2,170 of $2,770 goal

Raised by 54 people in 62 months
Please donate what you can so that I can bring my Mom from Australia to my retirement ceremony. I will be retiring from the U.S. Navy after 21 years of service and it would mean the world to me if my mother could be there. Unfortunatley, she lives in Australia and the cost of a round trip ticket is out of reach right now for both of us.
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So it has been a few days since we have seen any activity on this. I have been very busy going through transition class, and haven't made any updates on here.

I am debating on whether or not just to call the ball on this and close the site down. After doing some research, it appears that the current withdrawal amount is actually $1100 away from our target. :(

Come to find out, each donation is charged a fee individually which adds up to a larger overall deduction from the total funds available. Again, :( I guess I should have read the terms a little more in detail before choosing this site to take the donations...but then again, it looks like every other social funding site that I can find charges about the same amount.

Well, it was a good try folks. I will leave the site up for a few more days in hopes that there will be some last minute donations. Thank you again to everyone that was a part of this.

Paul
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A quick update. I have been away for the weekend and didn't have internet access (for those of you that know me, you know that is a rare thing for me!) . I am very happy to see that a few more donations have come in, along with another offline cash donation! We are now just $700 away from the goal, and have twelve more days to reach the goal.

Thank you again, from the bottom of my heart, to all of the friends, family, and family friends that have made donations. Please continue to share this in every way that you can so that we can achieve this goal.

Paul
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So it has been a few days since I have sent out an update for this, so I figure I need to let everyone know what is going on.

Mom has been able to get a "reserved" ticket through a local travel agent, but the ticket has to be paid in full by June 10th. If we don't make that goal, she will lose that reservation. Just checking prices today, tickets are about $900 more than the reservation price.

Now for the math on the new goal:

Reserved ticket price: $2400
Plus 11% surcharge from gofundme.com: $2665
Plus 4% for PayPal international fund transfer: $2770

That means that we are about $885 short of our goal. Please continue to share on your Facebook pages, through Twitter, by sending out emails, or printing posters. If you have your own website, you can even get a widget for your website to let people know about the campaign. Remember, you might think that a $10 donation wouldn't help very much, but just ten people giving up a few lattes or snacks from the geedunk machine (Google it if you don't know what geedunk is) will make $100 dollars. If that happens 9 times, we will make our goal!

Every little bit counts.

Paul

Thanks again for
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Kaleb (my 6 year old son) just counted the money in his piggy bank and told me that he wanted to donate all of his money to bring his Maw Pat here. I'm not going to take all of his money, so he is donating $20. That kid is so friggin' awesome!

Paul
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Christina Doyle
61 months ago

So amazing that you are about to reach your goal!! Congratulations you guys!!

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Patricia Adams
62 months ago

I don't want everyone to think I am sitting back and just expecting donations to roll in!!! That last anonymous $100 off-line donation was from collecting and counting all the change I could find in the house and the car along with a couple of small jobs I could fit in while busy with getting the Winter Magic Parade Workshops and entry ready for the local school children! I appreciate everything Everyone is doing to help make this happen for our family!

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Patricia Adams
62 months ago

I am sending huge hugs and a sincere Thank You to everyone who has...or will..donate! I am so priviledged to have such loving friends and family!

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Pete Adams
62 months ago

I am going to share this every day to help as much as I can.

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Raised by 54 people in 62 months
Created May 2, 2013
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Meagan Tomlin
61 months ago

Wish I could donate more.

KZ
$15
Keith Zaccagni
61 months ago (Offline Donation)
JD
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Jason Djernes
61 months ago (Offline Donation)
$10
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61 months ago
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Anne Dillon
61 months ago (Offline Donation)
$10
Anonymous
61 months ago
MS
$10
Mickey & Greg Shea
61 months ago

Our nephew is in the Navy and I can't imagine my sister-in-law not being able to make it to see one of his ceremonies...especially his retirement!

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Anonymous
61 months ago
BC
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Becky and Todd Cichonowicz
61 months ago

Hi Paul and Erika, it meant so much to have Toddy's folks at HIS retirement, so I know how much you want your mom to be there. I would love, love to give more, but I am not in school until June (so no VA money until July) and Toddy's getting furloughed, so Casa Cichonowicz is really tight on fundage right now. I guess I can give up my Twix bars for a month or two to donate to a good cause, lol. Good luck!

Christina Doyle
61 months ago

So amazing that you are about to reach your goal!! Congratulations you guys!!

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Patricia Adams
62 months ago

I don't want everyone to think I am sitting back and just expecting donations to roll in!!! That last anonymous $100 off-line donation was from collecting and counting all the change I could find in the house and the car along with a couple of small jobs I could fit in while busy with getting the Winter Magic Parade Workshops and entry ready for the local school children! I appreciate everything Everyone is doing to help make this happen for our family!

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Patricia Adams
62 months ago

I am sending huge hugs and a sincere Thank You to everyone who has...or will..donate! I am so priviledged to have such loving friends and family!

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Pete Adams
62 months ago

I am going to share this every day to help as much as I can.

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