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In Memory of Alan Reed

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Raised by 97 people in 1 month
Alan Reed, aka Al from San Diego, was an incredibly special member of the community that proudly calls itself the Vegas Nerd Society. He loved the idea of a group of diverse people from around the world united by our shared obsession with Las Vegas, and he expressed that love through his selfless generosity during our annual events, whether it was offering to help out, buying drinks for his friends, making newcomers feel welcome and even taking care of someone, whom he had never before met, when they had taken ill.

Following his sudden and untimely passing on Nov. 2, we'd like to pay his generosity forward in a manner that honors his memory, his love of Vegas and what he meant to our group. Al was a student of the history of the city. At the NotVIMFP gathering only three weeks before he left us, he told me that Brilliant, the nightly show at the Neon Museum that brings back to life vintage Vegas neon signs from their collection, brought tears to his eyes. With that in mind, we're looking to raise money to buy an engraved paver stone on the Electric Promenade at the Neon Museum, a permanent marker of his love of Vegas and what he meant to us.

The Neon Museum has three levels of pavers that are available: The most expensive is $2,000, and borders the Elvis Presley star that was in front of the Riviera, with a second level ($1,000) located close to the star and the third ($500) along the main Promenade. All funds, even if we surpass our goal, will go to the museum.  

The text of the stone will be determined when we're ready to make the donation. To learn more about the Neon Museum and their efforts at preserving this aspect of Vegas history, visit its website.

Thank you for your generosity.
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I just received an e-mail from the museum with pictures of the stone in place. Once again, thank you all for your generosity in creating this permanent marker of Al's love for Vegas. I hope you all have a very happy holiday season and a 2019 filled with great trips to Vegas.

Dave
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I heard from the museum yesterday. They've received the funds -- the overall total came to just over $4,650 after GoFundMe took their percentage -- and I approved the text on the paver one more time. She said she doesn't expect any delay in the process, and that it should be in place by the end of the year. Once it's all done, she will send me e-mail me a photo of it, at which point I'll share it with all of you here (and Twitter and the FHBM Facebook group).

I hope you all had a good holiday weekend. I know I'm thankful for everything you've done to give Al a fitting memorial.

Dave
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We reached $5,000! Again, I can't thank you all enough for what you've done - this is beyond overwhelming - but I also want to share something with you:

This morning, I got an e-mail from Hunter Hillegas. He said that Al's father spoke about the campaign at yesterday's memorial service. "You could tell he was just genuinely touched, both by the overall gesture and that the campaign was funded so quickly," Hunter wrote. "You could tell that many in the audience didn’t know about it. There was a bit of a gasp. He encouraged everyone to go visit."
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Some of you have asked if I have any information regarding when the stone will be installed. Here's what I've learned:

GoFundMe will send the money to the Neon Museum on the 25th. At that point, the museum will notify me and then we'll be good to go. I've already approved the proof (see attached). While I don't know the complete timeframe, I would expect that it would all be ready and installed within a month, given that they said that they do the engravings once a month.

So hopefully, if you have plans to be in Vegas for Christmas or New Year's, you'll be able to stop by and see it. If you haven't already been there, I can't recommend it highly enough.
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$5,000 of $2,000 goal

Raised by 97 people in 1 month
Funds raised will benefit:
Neon Museum (The Neon Museum)
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