We just held a well-attended fundraiser (with the help of Events For Good), "Show Me" Support For Joplin: A Red Tie Affair" on June 13, 2011, which was fun for all involved. We even made it into The Washington Post!
While the event was great for awareness, we still haven't come close to reaching our goal of raising $50,000 for Joplin area support.
We are pursuing follow-up fundraisers and ancillary events, including an online e-recipe book of Ozark-area inspired dishes (with a gourmet flavor - see my earlier blog post about this), a 5k walk/run (Kylee will probably have a bigger role with this effort, since she can actually run a 5k), an online Second Life Rock Concert for Joplin, we are working with friends (like YAPstars!) who are planning to add a Red4Joplin element to their own events, and we will keep a donation spot with chipin so we can meet our goal.
We'd like to reach $20k for Habitat for Humanity in Joplin and $20k for Joplin Business Recovery. If we achieve that, we'd like to directly help families in the Joplin area who need specific items to move forward. We would like to visit the Joplin-area soon to see friends and family who have been affected by this disaster and we'll report live from there via blogs and video so you can travel with us.
This is a marathon - not a sprint - there is much to do in Joplin.
Thanks for your support!