I’ve been fundraising for years. You would think by now, I’d have it down to a science but unfortunately, every year I forget to thank someone properly. And by properly, I mean the heartfelt essays I write to let my supporters know how much they mean to me & to acknowledge their greatness in the world.
I take that very seriously. I can only say in my defense that by the time I’m nearing the end of my training, Momma’s tired! Not tired of singing praises but literally bone-weary. Still, that’s no excuse. However, do I think Alex has held that against me? Nope, he’s got bigger fish to fry. But, he deserves gratitude. And for far more than just his donation.
Alex hired me at my first LA City department. We worked on and off together for six years. In those six years, he has been a colleague, a confidante and a friend. We’ve shared quite a few good times and luckily only a couple of hard times. It was during one of those bad times that I realized how much I appreciated his daily optimism. Don’t get me wrong, I love a hearty vent, but Alex will never let a bad situation color the rest of his week. Dwelling on the negative gets you nowhere. And that’s what I love about Alex. There’s a smile & laugh just around the bend. Thank you Alex for being a ray of sunshine and for your donation last year. Keep smiling and having fun!