What a great beginning!
Wow! Slightly less than 48 hours into the drive, we've already passed the thousand dollar mark. I feel extremely lucky to have such good friends! And it's really gratifying to see names I don't know on the list of backers too, if slightly surreal.
I know you've all done a lot already, but I have to say: keep pushing! Tell your friends, tell your family, tell anyone you think might be interested. Thirty days isn't a long time in which to raise $6500, and I can use all the help I can get. The total doesn't have to stop at $6500 either! We have until March 31st to raise as much money as we can- the sky is the limit.
What am I going to do with this money? Well, first of all are the basics: a convection oven, a three basin sink plus handwashing sink with a hot water tank, mixer, food processor, freezer, ice cream maker, and fridge. I also need impermeable counters (usually stainless steel) and a few upgrades to the trailer itself- probably a little wiring work, a new door, and some signs. Plus sheet pans, pots, storage containers, and some starting stock of ingredients. And, of course, a generator to keep it all running at the market.
What can I get with more money? Well, a nicer ice cream machine that'll help me churn more, faster, for starters. But what I really have my eye on is solar power! I'm aiming to have the trailer on 100% solar power by next year, but if it could happen sooner than that I certainly wouldn't object.
Thanks again! As the project progresses, you'll get plenty of updates.
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All rewards from the $250 level, plus have a unique ice cream flavor created and named in your honor!
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Bell and Whistle comes to you. All rewards from the $1000 level, plus the trailer comes to YOU, or the charity of your choice, for a free catered dessert party anywhere within a 200 mile radius of State College, PA.
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