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SAFFE DayBy SAFFE Day
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SAFFE DayBy SAFFE Day
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The project's funding goal was not reached on Tue, December 1 2015 5:59 AM UTC +00:00

About

Special Abilities Family Fun Event
Special Abilities Family Fun Event

Each year, we welcome hundreds, even a thousand or more Special Needs Heroes to Kilgore for free activities specially-crafted for them. We need your help -- we need you to #BeAHero -- to help us raise funds that we can use to continue reaching out to and serving these awesome individuals, and we hope you'll also help us tell the incredible stories of these everyday heroes through a professionally-made, feature-length documentary.

Kilgore Fire Department launched its Special Abilities Family Fun Event in September 2012, choosing the third Saturday of the month for a festival custom-tailored for children and adults with special needs, for their families, for the caregivers and for their supporters. Through the support of local donors, all activities at the one-day celebration are free, and all are welcome.

Spearheaded by local firefighters and bolstered by community volunteers, the success of 2012's kick-off spawned a second annual event on the third weekend of September 2013 and a third observance on Sept. 20, 2014.

Seeing firsthand the joy and gratitude of their guests the previous three years, touched by their smiles and stories, as SAFFE Day's organizers headed into the fourth annual event of September 2015 it was with an expanded vision for the outreach, to champion the Special Needs Heroes who lead wonderfully normal lives made more colorful by their special abilities.

Successfully applying for nonprofit status as a 501(c)3, the event's volunteer planning committee dedicated primary fundraising to its essential 2015 activities -- a two-day festival -- and also recruited Overton Films to produce a documentary-short on the event, one that could be used to spread the word about SAFFE Day and encourage people across the state, country and world to help raise funds for coming events and ensure SAFFE Day's future.

#BeAHero

It quickly became apparent, there was too much story to tell in a short film, and SAFFE Day is reaching out to the Kickstarter community to #BeAHero and take an active role...

1) Our first priority, always, is to make the Special Abilities Family Fun Event happen, again and again, and the first $20,000 of our goal will be set aside and dedicated to SAFFE Day 2016.

2) The remaining funding, we estimate about $50,000 after Kickstarter expenses, will be utilized in finishing the SAFFE Day documentary as a feature-length film that can be submitted to film festivals around the world, telling the story of the Special Needs Heroes and their families who bring incredible meaning to this event and carrying with the film the core fundraising message to raise revenue for SAFFE 2017, 2018, 2019 ... and beyond.

Help Tell the Story

SAFFE Day's unpaid planners have entrusted the telling of the event's story to Overton Films. The Kilgore based production company's first feature documentary film, "Sweethearts of the Gridiron," has screened in 16 festivals domestically and internationally, and has garnered 11 awards. Overton Films is currently in digital distribution talks for "Sweethearts of the Gridiron," in hopes of making the film available to the public in 2016.

According to the filmmakers, "We are excited to continue the story of SAFFE Day. More so, we're honored the Kilgore Fire Department and City of Kilgore asked Overton Films to be a part of SAFFE Day. The event is truly unique and most beneficial to our community."

When You Give

Our rewards are a mix of SAFFE Day memorabilia and valuable space in the documentary. We hope they will do justice to all the help you're able to give, and we're grateful for your contribution.

Working on SAFFE Day each year, we have been truly touched by the special needs guests who attend, by the gratitude of their family members. We're awed by the commitment of their caregivers. We hope to continue to support them in any way that we can, and we hope that you will help us.

  • Please, give as you are able, and share the opportunity as often as you can. Help tell others how to #BeAHero!
  • Whether it's $10, $25, $100 or $10,000 you will be making great things happen for children and adults with special needs.
  • If you tell 5 friends or 500, each one may bring us closer to reaching our goal: being champions for Everyday Heroes.

Spread the Word

When you give, please take a moment to snap a picture of yourself with a sign bearing the #BeAHero and/or the #SAFFEday hashtags. Or, take a moment to shoot a short video, tell people "I'm a hero!" and encourage them to do the same. Tag @SAFFEday so we can collect our backers' shout-outs!

Risks and challenges

Like any Kickstarter project, our primary challenge is getting the word out. Once that happens, though, we're confident the generous crowdfunding community will see the value of becoming a part of the Special Abilities Family Fun Event.

When it comes to our merchandise, several of our rewards are already tried, tested and true, ready for a second round of production and rapid mailing to our supporters.

On the documentary, Overton Films has already seen Kickstarter success in its production of "Sweethearts of the Gridiron," and the company has worked hard to satisfy its supporters. Working with the filmmakers, we're confident the final product will not only be inspiring, it will be a springboard for further support for SAFFE Day. With the rampant success of "Sweethearts of the Gridiron," we're confidently this talented crew can effectively, respectfully and exuberantly tell the stories of our Special Needs Heroes, and we look forward to sharing those stories with the world through film festivals and mass distribution.

Please, help us tell the story. Help us ensure that SAFFE Day 2016 is a reality for our Everyday Heroes. We looking forward to changing lives with you.

If you have any more questions, we're eager to answer them.

#BeAHero

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    Pledge $10 or more About $10

    "EVERYDAY HERO"
    Every contribution helps, and we're grateful that you can #BeAHero. Each $10 donor receives an autographed piece of SAFFE Day artwork featuring Blazze, our Special Abilities Family Fun Event firefighter champion.

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    "SUPERHUMAN"
    A $25 pledge to #BeAHero receives Reward #1 plus a second piece of autographed artwork (featuring Wyldfire, another SAFFE Day champion) as well as the commemorative T-shirt we provided, at no cost, to each of our Special Needs Heroes during SAFFE Day 2015, featuring the event's signature red-and-gold shield.

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    "SIDEKICK"
    In addition to the rewards of our first two levels (autographed artwork and a SAFFE Day 2015 commemorative T-shirt), those who can #BeAHero with a pledge of $50 will receive the same bright red SAFFE Day cape crafted for our everyday heroes in 2015 as well as a third piece of autographed artwork (featuring Chief).

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    "HERO"
    Those supporters will be #BeAHero at the $100 level also get Rewards 1-2-3 and will receive a DVD copy of our completed feature-length documentary on the Special Abilities Family Fun Event and the Special Needs Heroes that make it awesome.

    Rewards 1 through 3 have an estimated delivery in February 2016. The DVD will be shipped following the film's wide release.

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    Pledge $250 or more About $250

    "SUPERHERO"
    If you will #BeAHero for SAFFE Day for $250, you will receive two Premium Tickets to the Kilgore premiere of our feature-length SAFFE Day documentary in September 2016 as well as....
    - REWARDS 1-3 including artwork, t-shirt and cape, estimated by February 2016;
    - REWARD 4, our feature-length SAFFE Day documentary on DVD estimated by October 2016;

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    "KAPOW!"
    Welcome to Kilgore! With a $500 pledge to #BeAHero for SAFFE Day, you're purchasing a VIP Premiere Package including Special Admission for two to a red carpet reception and Reserved Seating for two at the Kilgore premiere of our feature-length SAFFE Day documentary in September 2016 as well as...
    - REWARDS 1-3 including artwork, t-shirt and cape, estimated by February 2016;
    - REWARD 4, our feature-length SAFFE Day documentary on DVD estimated by October 2016.

    ALSO! If you pledge $500 or more, you'll receive a copy of "A to Z In My City: Kilgore, Texas" by Colleen J. Bailey, AUTOGRAPHED especially for you by Ryan Bailey, one of our Special Needs Heroes who will introduce our documentary's audiences to his encouraging story of living with Down Syndrome.
    (We estimate this item will be delivered by February 2016)

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    "FEARLESS FUNDRAISER"
    It is an enormous help for the future of the Special Abilities Family Fun Event and in telling its story, and those who pledge $1,000 will be listed as an Associate Producer in the credits of our feature-length SAFFE Day documentary in addition to Rewards 1-6:
    - Three pieces of autographed artwork
    - SAFFE Day 2015 T-Shirt
    - SAFFE Day 2015 Cape
    - SAFFE Day Documentary on DVD
    - VIP Premiere Package
    - Autographed copy of "A-to-Z in My City"

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    "EXCELSIOR!"
    We appreciate everyone who will #BeAHero for SAFFE Day, and you're making it happen. A pledge of $2,500 will receive a Producer credit in the coming SAFFE Day documentary in addition to logo representation in promotional materials at SAFFE Day and Rewards 1-6:
    - Three pieces of autographed artwork
    - SAFFE Day 2015 T-Shirt
    - SAFFE Day 2015 Cape
    - SAFFE Day Documentary on DVD
    - VIP Premiere Package
    - Autographed copy of "A-to-Z in My City"

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    "UP, UP & AWAY!"
    Thank you for considering a $5,000 donation -- your assistance helps make SAFFE Day an ongoing success for Special Needs Heroes. In addition to a Producer credit and SAFFE Day logo representation, pledges of $5,000 will net additional logo promotion during the SAFFE Day documentary premiere and showings as well as all lower rewards:
    - Three pieces of autographed artwork
    - SAFFE Day 2015 T-Shirt
    - SAFFE Day 2015 Cape
    - SAFFE Day Documentary on DVD
    - VIP Premiere Package
    - Autographed copy of "A-to-Z in My City"

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    "SAVE THE DAY!"
    We are deeply thankful to all those who turn their hardwork and success toward helping others and toward ensuring our Special Needs Heroes continue to have a day custom-made for them in Kilgore (and, we hope, in other communities)! You're $10,000 contribution also helps us tell the story of these everyday heroes and their extraordinary, normal lives. Those who commit $10,000 will be listed as the Executive Producers of our feature-length SAFFE Day documentary. They'll receive recognition in the opening credits as well as in the closing plus logo representation at SAFFE Day 2016 and in other events. They'll also receive all of preceding rewards.

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Funding period

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