About this project
International Tom Hanks Day
The Tom Hanks Day Project is all about empowering you to host your own THD (Tom Hanks Day) party. Already held annually in Chicago, Toronto, Cleveland and Kalamazoo (!), it celebrates a legend and supports a great cause. To learn more, please take a few minutes to watch the video!
Since the first Tom Hanks Day party was held in Chicago in 2004, hundreds of people have reached out to ask how they can host an International Tom Hanks Day party in their city and town.
If this Kickstarter project is successful, we will give you access to the tools you need to host your very own THD! You will be able to get your friends together to order t-shirts and potentially win some Tom Hanks-signed swag.
Since its inception, we have been featured in many media outlets including CNN, Time, The Chicago Sun- Times and TMZ as well as Chicago's WBEZ and B96 radio. In addition, Tom is a supporter of our gatherings and has recognized us during an interview on Jimmy Kimmel Live and via his twitter account.
What's Kickstarter's Role?
What we are looking to do now is expand and take International Tom Hanks Day to the next level. We want to develop a global website where consumers can purchase official THD merchandise… where party hosts can buy merchandise for their parties… and where everyone (consumers and media alike) can stay updated on the latest THD news and gatherings.
We want to empower anyone and everyone to be able to throw an International Tom Hanks Day gathering. The website will also allow you to:
- Start a local chapter.
- Invite your friends, family (and strangers!) to join your chapter.
- Keep track of how many people are going to come to your hosted Tom Hanks Day party.
- Communicate with your guests and facilitate the ordering of THD merchandise.
As chapters grow, our team will reach out and help you in support. We'll offer tips to promote your local event through public relations, social media, the THD website and more.
We've had much interest from other cities. By helping us to develop and create a centralized THD website, it will be a one-stop global source for promotions, for chapters to network, and for other "group efficiency" benefits that include ordering Tom Hanks Day merchandise.
What if I don't want to host a party?
Ok...you're right. Not everyone is going to want to host a party. Those of you that just want your own Sweet A** THD t-shirt can also purchase them right off our site (www.thetomhanksday.com). We will be creating royalty free designs that will finally be for sale in our store.
Rewards: (NOT ACTUAL ARTWORK)
What is all this for in the end?
Once the website is complete we will go back to our fundraising initiative that supports Lifeline Energy and their Lifeplayers.
The Lifeplayer MP3, financed mainly by Tom Hanks, offers on-demand education access to vulnerable populations. The first of its kind, the solar and wind-up Lifeplayer can play 128 GB of content and is a 5-band radio designed for groups listening. The Lifeplayer is providing education access in several African countries. The solar and wind-up Prime radio with FM, AM and three SW bands, is being used in radio distance education programs and for womens' listening groups in Africa. Tom Hanks, who understand the importance of radio, also helped to finance the Prime.
If you’d like more information about Lifeline Energy or Tom Hanks’ role as US ambassador, please visit our website http://www.lifelineenergy.org, like us on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/lifelineenergy or follow us on Twitter http://www.twitter
Risks and challenges
We have a lot of work ahead of us when we complete our fundraising goals. We already have in place the technology needed to design and build out the consumer facing platform. The real struggle will be in logistics and keeping everyone who wants to host their own THD fully informed and organized. We want people who will be dedicated to hosting multiple years and continue to grow the presence in their market.
We are also going to be against some time restrictions. The website needs to up and running (bug-free!) ASAP in order to ensure everyone has enough time to create their chapter, and properly plan their very own Tom Hanks Day.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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