Crane Festival MileMaker Challenge UPdate!

Last week, OM’s costume maker extraordinaire Mary O’Brien issued a very generous matching challenge for our 2015 MileMaker campaign.

Mary publicly stated that she would, at minimum, match up to 10 miles. This means that we’ve been keeping tabs on the MileMaker donations which have come in since Mary issued her challenge and currently, 16.675 miles have been generated as a result of her generosity! Wow!

But it doesn’t stop there. You see, Mary went on to say that IF we could generate 20 miles – she would add another 5 miles to her contribution AND, if the generated miles equaled 30, she would contribute a total of 20 miles!

So, we need slightly more than 13 miles before the Crane Festival begins in order for Mary to contribute the additional 20 miles.

Here is the original posting from this incredibly lady…

From: Mary O’Brien, Madison, WI

P1010317MOWith the Whooping crane festival only a month away, I’m throwing caution to the wind and sticking my neck way out with a three part MileMaker challenge: At a minimum, I’ll match up to 10 miles contributed between now and crane fest (starts on September 12).

If donated miles are doubled to 20, I’ll add another 5 miles to my contribution. And if the miles are tripled to 30, I’ll donate a total of 20 miles.

My reason for this challenge is simple – all summer this line from John Denver’s “Today” has been going through my mind… “A million tomorrow shall all pass away, ‘ere I forget all the joy that is mine, today.”

There has been so much to be joyful about this summer such as being part of the first class Princeton crane fest committee that has a huge positive attitude and ability to get things done, watching the 2015 dream team soar with their yellow mamma, seeing the grins on Doug Pellerin’s and Tom Schultz’s faces as they escort visitors to the viewing blind and help with pen duties. It’s also a joy to have so many old and new friends contribute items and labors of love to the crane fest silent auction.

The joy of starting the day with the awesome CraneCam chat group and sharing stories with Facebook craniacs from near and far is contagious. Most of all, there’s tremendous joy in simply being part of this once-in-a-lifetime legacy.

As this reintroduction effort continues to unfold, there will be many cherished memories to share with generations to come.

So please take me up on this challenge, go for tripling the miles and making me pay up.

Heather will let me know at crane fest whether I’ll need to get a part time job to meet this challenge!

Thank you!

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  1. Heather Ray August 19, 2015 12:38 pm

    Um, Mary? We’re now at 26.925 miles toward your challenge… Any job interviews lined up yet?

    • Mary O’Brien August 19, 2015 2:52 pm

      I’m just stunned and can’t stop grinning!

  2. Mary O’Brien August 19, 2015 9:37 am

    Oh my gosh, craniacs are the best! My pen is poised to write a check and my job application is in at Target to help pay for 20 miles if we reach that! Thanks for the mile smiles.