Dear Fellow PCARS members:
I hope that you are all doing OK as we approach the end of 2020. Next year can only be better, right?
I want to ask you to help like you never have before with our end of the year donation to the Center of Hope. A year like this has probably put an additional burden on them to serve our community. I am stating my goal for the PCARS donation in November to be $12,000.  I might be crazy, but I bet we could do it!
Now the easy way would be for 12 of you to respond to this email with a personal donation of $1000 each. While this is not my expectation, there may be a couple of you out there that could do this. Another easy way would be for each member of PCARS (we currently show a paid roster of 191) to donate $62.82. Same result! Maybe even something somewhere between these two scenarios. But, if it was EASY everyone would be doing it! It’s not easy, but I’ve never believed that PCARS or PCARS members were constrained to only doing what is easy. For 15 years now we have always done the EXCEPTIONAL!  We can do this too.
PCARS Officer’s are exploring ways to make our November 50/50 bigger and better than ever. Nothing should change here, except the logistics of how we hold the raffle. We would still like any help we can get to accumulate items for the raffle. We will still appreciate your purchase of many, many tickets. I know many of you make a donation to Center of Hope and I’m asking you to continue with that.
Over the past 15 years I have seen the members of PCARS dig deeper and deeper to support this worthy cause. Like me, I’m sure that many of you have dug just about to the bottom and are just about tapped out – especially in a year like 2020 has been!  But that doesn’t mean we can’t keep expanding what we do, we just need to expand how we do it. I am suggesting that we become an “aggregator” of donations for Center of Hope. What that means is, we reach further into our circle of family, friends, acquaintances, co-workers and people whom we do business with to ask them to support PCARS in our support of Center of Hope.
Two things of the utmost importance:
1. We don’t want anyone who normally supports Center of Hope to withdraw that support then make a donation through PCARS – that does not help grow the funds that Center of Hope has to use for their programs. If someone tells you that they are already supporting Center Of Hope, thank them for that, and ask that if they were able to expand their giving any that they do that through PCARS.
2. Cash donations are acceptable, but they are anonymous. If someone wants to write a check, their check needs to be payable to “Center of Hope” – not PCARS. We will give their check directly to Center of Hope as part of our collection. That happens the second week of November, so their check won’t be cashed immediately. (All checks, even your own, should be payable to the Center of Hope so that PCARS does not have to include it in our financial reporting.)
For the past 15 years, this has been something that really makes PCARS stand out in our community. I hope you’ll stand with me again this year again in this worthwhile effort.
Thank you. And 73.
Tom WB8LCD – PCARS President