January 1, 2005

Eat your heart out, ACLU...

More from the stingy rich-nation front, this time helping the (politically incorrect) Boy Scouts...

The island was for sale, and the Scouts' $1.5-million option had a Dec. 31 deadline. Just over $300,000 had been raised.

Many believed Melita Island was destined to be sold for vacation homes.Then came an anonymous $1 million donation in mid-December and the 2-year-old campaign had new life.

"We were getting so much mail in, and all the mail had money in it," said Smoke Elser, a 70-year-old outfitter and Eagle Scout who worked on the finance campaign. "From $5 up to $50,000, it really helped. We just thank everyone that had anything at all to do with it."

In the last two weeks of December, more than $200,000 was raised in donations and pledges. On Tuesday, the Scouts were still down $150,000 - and careening toward a midnight Friday deadline. By Friday morning, the deficit was down to $30,000 and simply a matter of waiting for the afternoon mail...

When I win the lottery (would be any day now, if only I had bought some tickets) I think I'll spend my time noodling around the Internet and sending out anonymous donations to every cool thing I find. That would be a lot of fun. (Thanks to Quick)

Posted by John Weidner at January 1, 2005 12:18 PM
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