Bring Back Ben!
We need the wisdom and wit of Dr. Benjamin Franklin, now!
G.Robin Smith presents interactive programs as Ben Franklin - Founding Father, Philosopher, Inventor and Philanthropist – in the “Chautauqua" performance style, an interactive theatre performance that engages audience members as they ask questions of 'Ben' who responds with historically accurate and sometimes surprising answers.
'Ben' has appeared at Fundraisers, Conferences, Business functions, Schools and Libraries, as well as a Presidential Inaugural Gala.
The one-man show Benjamin Franklin – the Original American is coming to Seattle's ACT Theatre on June 30th, 2012. All profits will be divided* to benefit a number of local charities, so far including: Stella Schola Middle School, Habitat for Humanity Seattle/South King County, Seattle Browncoat Charities, & Roots Young Adult Center.
*Profit Percentages donated will depend on Audience ballots taken at the performances.
Our main sponsor - Five Rivers Fundraising - is shouldering 100% of the cost of production for theatre rent, staff and advertising. About 250/600 available tickets go to covering that base cost. If the three shows are sold out, there will be about $5,000 to distribute to the various non-profits that have signed up. As a further benefit, Audiences will be thoroughly entertained and gain a clarity about where we have come from, what the Founders thoughtand strove for and what hopes they had for our nation and our future.
The more money raised here on IndieGoGo, the lower the production costs and the more funds available to distribute to these worthy causes. If Five Rivers Fundraisingfalls short of those costs, it will mean: 1) no monies will be distributed to those charities and 2) FRF’s fundraising activities for other non-profits will be curtailed while it rebuilds. YOU can help.
What Is Needed & What You Get
The cost for theatre rental, staff and insurance is about $2,600.
Business & legal fees are ~ $1,000 plus Advertising ~$2,500, totaling ~$6,100.
Ticket sales (through www.ACTTheatre.org) may bring in enough to cover the expenses but your support will insure as much money as possible is made available to these non-profits and we can continue bringing our programs to as many people as possible.
In addition to seeing “Ben” succeed at ACT, these Rewards offer a great opportunity to experience 'Ben Franklin LIVE!' in person or via the Internet. ‘Ben’ looks forward to interacting with you and your school or group through Video Conferences, Listing as a Sponsor on our Performance Programs (and Podcasts and Website), Signed Posters to Copies of the DVD of the Performance, etc. will (Ben hopes) inspire, reward and thank you for your support.
Other Ways You Can Help
Please help get the word out and make some noise about this campaign. Look at what Ben did - with-OUT the Internet, with-OUT telephones and video. He helped start a great nation and left us some of the best advice and inventions we have.
IndieGoGo! has many tools to help you spread the word.
Ben was a great networker. You can be, too.
Contact us if we can help in any way.
Thank you! G.Robin Smith (Robin) & Staff for "Benjamin Franklin - The Original American"