I have dozens of people to thank, but the person who gets top billing is Molly Delaney, Executive Director of the Champaign Urbana Schools Foundation, which manages the Chew Scholarship. Molly decided to see my bow tie fundraising as a challenge, and raise the stakes! She created Pies and Ties as a friendly parallel to #SkipTheClip. She auctioned off 13 of her famously delicious Dutch Apple pies and donated all proceeds to the Chew Scholarship. Thank you Molly!
This idea would not have been an idea without the encouragement and support of Steve Beckett (UHS Distinguished Alumnus) and Tom Costello, who convinced me to offer a "How to Tie a Bow Tie" class, which became #SkipTheClip 2014. This year, the two of them bought me the tiger print bow tie from Beau Ties Ltd, which I wore for #SkipTheClip 2015.
Next, I would like to thank my sponsors and donors:
I would also like to thank Steve Holstein and Andy Roberts of WIXY 100.3 and Anna Carrera of WICA for covering and promoting the story on local media. Link to the WCIA Story: Honoring teacher with Bow Tie Day - Story | ILLINOISHOMEPAGE
Last, and definitely not least, I would like to thank all of the people who participated in #SkipTheClip 2015. I have made a donation in your name to the Greg Chew Theatre Scholarship. (I also threw in a little extra, because there were dozens of people wearing bow ties across Urbana who I did not find or did not want to send in a picture.) Keep scrolling down for a slide show from #SkipTheClip. Here are as many participants as I can name (in no particular order):
If I missed your name or your picture, and you would like me to include you in the the credits, please let me know!
Thank you all!