Uncancel the WishMakers Celebrity Softball Tournament
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During the day on February 22nd, the 3rd Annual Swing for the Wishes Celebrity Softball Tournament was abruptly cancelled by the Butler Center for Service and Leadership due to "insufficient funding." This event was to take place in just three days and has been in development for 7 months. The anticipated budget for the event was $3300, $1600 of which was already covered from funds in our organizations treasury, leaving $1700 to be raised before the day of the event. From the early days of fund raising, donations totaling $2500 were promised and would all checks would be in hand by the night of Wednesday, Feb 22nd.
The event is in its 3rd year. We have 6 different media outlets, including television, radio, and newschannels that have been promoting the softball tournament to the community over the last few weeks as an example of just one of the many the great things WishMakers, the University of Miami, and Make-A-Wish Foundation are doing. We were also expecting 24 celebrities, who are taking time out of their busy lives, to attend and play alongside the large number of student teams who have already committed to the event.
The irresponsible and irrational cancelation of the event without notice by the Butler Center advisors has left us no choice but to demonstrate the strength this event has in uniting the community. Canceling this event, after all commitments have been made and contracts signed will reflect poorly on the Wishmakers Organization, Make-A-Wish foundation and the University of Miami. We love this university. We love making a difference and helping support the goal of Make-A-Wish, to serve children with life threatening medical conditions. This mission would not be possible without the generation support and donations from fundraising organizations such as wishmakers and events such as the Celebrity Softball Tournament. The only person who ultimiately is hurt by the cancelation of this event is the child we have promised Make-A-Wish to raise money for. We humbly ask for your signature and support in the next 16 hours, to demonstrate what this event means to not just UM and Wishmakers, but everyone who has given their time to making children in Make-A-Wish wishes come true.
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