Here's Why: Declan loves Dear Evan Hansen. He has loved Dear Evan Hansen since it was in it's pre-Broadway workshop form. He loved it even more when he saw Ben Platt sing Waving Through A Window at the Junior Theatre Festival in 2016 - knowing every word and being the only one who did. Declan loves all things Muscial Theatre. When I saw the open call post, he was the first person I, and many of you reading this, thought HAD to go and audition. So lets come together and raise a little money to get him there. All we need is 75 people to donate $20 to hit our goal. AND YOU GET A DECLAN SMITH FAN CLUB BUTTON FOR YOUR DONATION!
Here's When: This FRIDAY! We will send Declan on a plane to NYC and he will audition on Sunday Feb 25th.
Here's How: Declan is a Level 3 Master Academy member at his local Youth Theatre Company, Musical Mayhem Productions. They are heading to Disney World on Tuesday Feb 27th to take classes from Disney professionals. For the past 6 months, he has raised $1,350 for his trip and will be joining us as planned after his audition. What myself and Anne Marie did was simple - we contacted Delta Airlines (the carrier we booked our Disney trip through) and asked if instead of Declan flying with us from Sacramento to Orlando, but if it was possible if he flies from Sacramento to NYC a couple days earlier to be able to attend the audition, and then catch a flight on Tuesday from NYC to meet us in Orlando. The wonderful people at Delta said "ABSOLUTELY"...but with a change fee of $200. Anne Marie and I found him an early morning flight from NYC to Orlando on JetBlue for $150 to get him to the rest of us about 2 hours later than the group arrives. He will take a shuttle to meet us at Animal
Kingdom on Tuesday, then fly back to Sacramento with Master Academy on March 4th.
**UPDATE** Wow! Within 4 hours, your generous support for Declan has surpassed our original goal of $1,000! Since people are still in hot pursuit of their own “Declan Smith Fan Club” button, we have decided to raise the goal to include Declan’s luggage fees, food, and a possible hotel location that is closer to the audition. Any monies raised after the needs are met will be donated to Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS in Declan’s name. Thank you all for your support!!
Here's What is Needed: $1,500 total from this GoFundMe. The breakdown is as follows:
$200 - Delta Flight change fee
$150 - JetBlue flight from NYC to Orlando
$100 - Luggage fee's
$850 - NYC Accomodations/Food/Subway Fare
$100 - to cover the percentage/fee from GoFundMe
Thank you for your consideration in helping get Declan to NYC! (Declan pictured with the actual cast worn by Ben Platt on stage in Dear Evan Hansen. Photo taken in NYC March 2017 during Broadway Cares week. )
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