The area of Blue Sulphur where the Blue Sulphur Spring Pavilion is located is also the birthplace of “Traveller” the famous war horse of General Robert E Lee. These days, Traveller would not be the only one kicking up his heels. The Friends of the Blue Committee of the Greenbrier Historical Society is pretty excited too.
The Kickstarter campaign to raise $25,000 is kicking up its heels. As of Monday, March 9, 2015, forty-eight individual backers, champions all, have pledged more than $6000 toward the effort.
Chair of the Friends of the Blue Committee, Alex Mclaughlin said, “Folks, we are so gratified and appreciative of the overwhelming support for our Kickstarter campaign. With about 18 days left, we have raised over $6000 of the needed $25,000 and almost $10,000 in total contributions. Now, we need about 600 new ‘Champions for the Blue’ to donate at least $25 to meet our goal by March 28. Every donor of $25 or more gets a neat little pin and a really huge ‘thank you’ from all those generations to come that will be able to visit the Blue”.
Everyone is encouraged to support the Blue by going to https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/693916700/restore-the-blue-sulphur-spring-pavilion and making a pledge using a credit card.
Kickstarter is a crowdfunding mechanism which uses the reach of the internet to give donors a safe way to back a project. It is an all-or-nothing approach where the project receives no funds if the goal is not met. Donors “pledge” using their credit card and the amount is only deducted if the full amount of the goal is pledged.
Because the Greenbrier Historical Society is a 501 c 3 organization, pledges are deductible from federal taxes in accordance with the law.
McLaughlin said, “We are excited to have this little pin to give to our donors. This is the first known pin representation of the Blue and a great way to tell the world you were a part of the first official fundraising campaign for its restoration. Please contribute and spread the word. Together, we WILL Save the Blue.”