Help my dream become a reality...

Friends, I have EXCITING news - I got accepted to the Harvard Kennedy School of Government’s Summer Program for Senior Executives in State & Local Government! It’s a three-week program this summer in Boston (just after my 50th Birthday - which is July 1st.)
I am really excited about this opportunity - it’s a big deal and it comes with a big price tag. I applied for a full-ride fellowship. While I didn’t get the full-ride, I did receive a $5,000 scholarship towards the cost and now I need to raise the remaining $13,000…by June 1st to go.
This all came up this last week while I was traveling so I’ve been scrambling, crunching numbers, and working to figure out how to make this a reality. After consulting with a few folks, I’m putting this ask out as an invitation to invest in this dream with me.
I first heard of this program when former Oregon Governor Barbara Roberts went to teach in the Harvard Kennedy School. I made a mental note long ago about attending it “someday.” Now that I’ve been on the coast 7 years, I know I can benefit from the specialized training this program offers in my current role on the City Council and as I run for reelection this fall..
So here’s my ask: Will you help me get to Boston by making a donation through this GoFundMe? As a reminder, the deadline is June 1st. 
I would gleefully offer a Zoom update in August to let you know what I learned and gained from this experience.
Can I count on your support? 
Thank you for considering this!

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Legal Restrictions: No anonymous gifts. No gifts over $50 from Newport residents or folks doing business with the City of Newport. (I’ve checked and confirmed this with both the State of Oregon’s Government Ethics Commission and the Secretary of State Elections Division to be sure I was operating with integrity in this fundraising endeavor.)
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Newport, OR