Sunday, December 30, 2012

Chicago Chess Center: Our first milepost

The end of 2012, our first milepost, is nearly upon us. Thanks to supporters like you, we've raised nearly $4,000 so far, but we've still got a long way to go if we're going to be able to secure a site, open our doors, and begin holding classes and tournaments by our target date of May 1, 2013. The more donors like you have given by the end of the year, the better other supporters of Chicago chess will feel about giving.

Please make your tax-deductible donation now for 2012 -- or send us an e-mail and pledge the amount you'll give after the new year in 2013.

When you imagine yourself playing chess in an attractive and comfortable gathering place, surrounded by players of all ages and backgrounds, knowing that you're part of a community and a larger scene, does it ever occur to you how many people it takes to create a scene like that and keep it going? Experience shows that just 1 out of 10 users of a community-built place take an active role in it, and just 1 out of 10 active members are "stars" who make positive contributions to its development. As someone who's shown interest in the success of our mission, we'd like to ask you to be one of our "stars" now. You can do it because you know you're supporting the creation of a new civic and educational institution in Chicago.

This summer, when you're taking a class or playing in a tournament at the Chicago Chess Center, you'll look back on your donation and feel proud that you helped turn a vision into a reality. Donate now to help us reach our $30,000 goal.

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