Kickstarter / Fundraiser Launch Party!
We celebrated the launch of our campaign to fund "Life's Essentials with Ruby Dee" with supporters in Grandpa and Gram Ruby's hometown of New Rochelle, New York this week at Alvin & Friends restaurant.
This night was made possible though the generous support given to us by hosts Alvin and Terri Bowles. We can't thank you guys enough!
Michael D. Armstrong, Terri Prettyman Bowles, Alvin Bowles (Photo: Brahm Rhodes)
The night included the premiere of a twelve minute sneak peek into some of what we've filmed so far.
We gave everyone nice gifts including my grandparents' autobiography on CD and a package of Ruby's Life Essential Organic Cookies (special 90th birthday oatmeal cookies created by byDimples desserts).
Gift Bags (Photo: Brahm Rhodes)
Thanks to all the press that came out. Thanks to all of my family members who attended. Thanks to all of the supporters who came by and everyone who made the night possible!
Linda Tarrant-Reid and other supporters at Alvin & Friends (Photo: Brahm Rhodes)
Muta'Ali (me), News 12 (Photo: Brahm Rhodes)
Oh yeah, we gave everyone some Ruby Red Promo Wristbands and made them promise to keep them on through the entire campaign. I better not see any of you w/out your wristbands on!
Attendee Kara O'Neil - Watching the Sneak Peek (Photo: Brahm Rhodes)
Guy Davis (my uncle), Jevon 'NJ' Frank (Producer) - Watching The Sneak Peek (Photo: Brahm Rhodes)
Alvin Clayton (owner of Alvin & Friends) - Watching the Sneak Peek (Photo: Brahm Rhodes)
Thank you so much for helping to make this project a reality. Your support means so much. This is my first blog update, and I hope it finds you having a great Saturday morning!
Have a great holiday weekend!
Please, keep spreading the word about our Kickstarter campaign (http://kck.st/JJtE7M)!
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