Aikido'Ka New Mat Fundraiser

$5,435 of $5,435 goal

Raised by 51 people in 6 months
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Frank Bloksberg  GRASS VALLEY, CA
Hi Everyone,

I’m Frank Bloksberg, Chief Instructor of Aikido’Ka, an aikido dojo in Grass Valley, CA. Our dojo is a wonderful community of friendly people, training together and making our lives better.

We’ve had a lot going on this year.

I am, along with Michael Freidl Shihan, co-host of the Aiki Summer Retreat. The last few years, we’ve held the Aiki Summer Retreat in Quincy, California. Until this year, we’ve been spending thousands of dollars each Retreat on renting mats. So we decided to buy our own mats. We were fortunate enough to buy mats with our friends at Aikido of Santa Cruz. The mats we bought cost our dojo around $5,000.

Since we don’t have enough space to safely store all of the mats in the dojo, we bought a storage container. That storage container cost around $3,200.

We plan on using some of these new mats to create a new, beautiful dojo mat with a floating floor. The new floating floor will be much gentler on everyone’s body and make training easier and more fun.

Problem is that the floating floor is probably going to cost another $3,000, or so. In other words, this new mat process is costing the dojo over $11,000.

And, we’ve kind of run out of money.

So, I’m heeding the advice of my friends and we’re doing a dojo fundraiser. We’re looking to raise $5,000 to cover the cost of the new floating floor and recoup some of the other expenses.

We really want to thank you for supporting us, so here’s how we’re doing our donation levels. We’re going to create a plaque that should be similar to the one in the photograph. (Please know that the design might change a lot when we actually create the plaque.)

We will permanently and prominently display the plaque in the dojo. Donate $50 - $99 and we will inscribe your name on one of the tiles in the outer, grey row. Donate $100 - $199 and we will inscribe your name on one of the tiles in the middle, white row. Donate $200 and we will inscribe your name on one of the tiles in the inner, maroon row donate $200. Donate more to claim more tiles. Tell us which number tile(s) you want your name on in comments.

We really could use your help!

Thank you so very much.


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Posted by Frank Bloksberg
5 months ago
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We made it! We've met our goal!

Thank you so much everyone.

We ordered the foam blocks. We expect them to be shipped today. We'll get the rest of the floating floor materials next week. When we receive the foam blocks, we'll get to building the floating floor.

Thank you everyone, so very much, for making this happen.
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Posted by Frank Bloksberg
5 months ago
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Here's an example of the Thank You Plaque with our donors' names on it. Please keep in mind that this is only an example. We'll create something really beautiful for the dojo. If you don't like the spot where we have your name, let me know and I'll see if I can move it. You can upgrade to the next level, if you'd like. :)
Example of Our Thank You Plaque
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$5,435 of $5,435 goal

Raised by 51 people in 6 months
No Longer Accepting Donations
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Created October 29, 2016
AM
$90
Aikido'Ka Members
5 months ago (Offline Donation)
BM
$100
Bruce and Michele
5 months ago (Offline Donation)
DF
$30
David Floeter
5 months ago (Offline Donation)
TA
$100
Two Cranes Aikido
5 months ago (Offline Donation)
$45
Mark Hurwit
5 months ago

for you and all the others whose lives will be improved

TA
$100
Truckee Aikido
5 months ago
LN
$100
Laszlo Nemes
5 months ago

Almost there. :-)

RD
$200
Riley Van Dyke
5 months ago
$25
Anonymous
5 months ago
AA
$20
AlejAndro Anastasio
5 months ago

All the best in your efforts and very well deserved fundraiser!!

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