One year ago I had this crazy idea that Syracuse was on the rise and if we got that message out there, we could change attitudes in our community.
Twelve months later, we are coming up on our first birthday party. We're gathering to celebrate how we've been able to promote the progress Syracuse has made, bring people together and encourage civic engagement.
For our first year of existence, we have accomplished a lot. We started out as a social media campaign. We played a role in influencing people's perceptions of Syracuse and engaging people around the progress it is making. We surpassed 2,000 Facebook fans, 3,100 Twitter followers and 700 email list members. In 2013 we held networking events and neighborhood promotion nights bringing hundreds of people together. We helped save Beer Belly Deli and helped Hanover Square through a tough time. A quote I wrote was on the Connective Corridor Billboard in Downtown Syracuse about how Syracuse is on the rise. We volunteered cleaning up parks and serving breakfast to the homeless and hungry. We are reaching thousands of people with messages of hope for the future of Syracuse and we have done it because of you.
I am writing today because as we hit the one year mark in our campaign for Syracuse, your role in the success of this movement is as strong as ever. We're a grassroots group and we will go as far as this community takes us. Are you in? Chip in a birthday gift of $10 to send a message that you stand behind us going into our second year.
In order to keep this movement going strong we need funds to advance our mission, establish ourselves as an officially registered organization, and bring our message of hope to every Central New Yorker. Our goals are lofty, but they are attainable if we work together.
That's why today we launch our First Birthday Contributors List. Give us a birthday gift of $25 or more and we'll add your name to our donor list. Click here and then help us out.
To learn more, go to www.believeinsyracuse.org/birthday-gift
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P.S. - Our birthday party is brought to you by our generous sponsors, Pizza Promos, Liberty Tax Services in Eastwood, BC Restaurant in Armory Square and the Syracuse Silver Knights. Give us the birthday gift of supporting the work they do in our community and tell them we sent you.