The support for my trip has been overwhelming! The fundraiser at HUB there were 344 beers drank in my honor on a Tuesday night and Christian Ettinger, Brewmaster and Owner of HUB, rounded up his donation to $500. With that and the raffle tickets sold, I believe I may have covered the expenses for my trip. I haven't done the final accounting, but it is amazing in such a short time we were able to pull this off. It has also caused others to rally behind the cause. For instance, Jeff Ernst started his own fundraiser: Selling High Cadence Coffee $4/lb $25/5 lb donated through 1/31 and also blogged about it. I don't even know Jeff and haven't met him, but I hope to thank him in person one day. Others have asked to make further donations. Here's the catch. Once my trip is paid for, anything above and beyond will be set aside to further the cause. Help some one else reach their dream.
I have arrived in Belgium, so in my jet-lagged state, I am still marveling at the support out there and how much fun Tuesday night was. I think we may have to make it an annual event, even if I am not the cause.