By Rachel Eisenstein, 11th Grade
Wednesday, the 5th of June at 3 pm was an exciting time for the Derech Emunah students. We convened in the specially decorated classroom which was now a Charidy Campaign Call Center. The room was lined with tables covered with call sheets, donation forms, phone lists, cell phones, and small orange-colored bells (to ring each time we received a new donation).
Within half an hour of the campaign start, the room was filled with the sounds of bells going off at random times as students reached out to relatives, friends, community members, and former teachers, asking for their support.
The donation dollars were projected on a big screen in our Call Center for all to see. It showed every new gift in real-time.as supporters from all over the U.S. and Israel posted their gift on the Charidy.com website (see above image showing final amount raised).
The dollars flowed in rapidly, B"H, and the Total Donations number continued to go up quickly as it moved closer and closer to the Goal of raising $120,000 in 24 hours.
Our thanks to the many Derech Emunah student callers, community volunteers, people posting on social media and Mr. Michael Friend and Rabbi Michael Cohen for all their hard work. A shout out to Mrs. Shelly Russak, Chair of the Development Committee who put together an incredible Campaign team and was the lead volunteer managing the entire effort.
Derech Emunah reached its $120,000 Goal before 8 pm that night. This was less than 5 hours after the campaign started! And we still had 16 more hours to go!
A Bonus round was activated, increasing the initial target goal from $120,000 to $162,500. As students with a stake in the outcome, we continued to watch the frenzied activity on the Charidy fundraising website. It was beautiful and crazy at the same time! To our surprise, donations kept coming in, and the numbers continued to climb all night. Amazingly, even the bonus goal was reached and surpassed before noon on Thursday!
The Derech Emunah Charidy Campaign ended Thursday at 3 pm, 24 hours after its start on Wednesday. A total of $164,355 was raised.
Thank you to all the donors who gave so generously to help ensure our education!
Above: A screen shot of the Campaign website showing the total amount raised.To watch the school video we posted on the Charidy website, click here.
Below: Derech Emunah students hard at work making calls during the Charidy campaign