mickey disappoints

Last year we got to see Toy Story 3 at Pixar Studios in Emeryville, California, as part of a fundraiser for Emery Ed Fund. It was a magical night, and it was great to support such an important cause. The Emery Ed Funds helps schools (and students and families) in the city of Emeryville.  This event is their major source of funding, and they had been doing it for several years.

I’m not sure exactly what happened, but we were pretty surprised not to receive information about this year’s event. It turns out that it didn’t happen. And as you can imagine, the organization is scrambling.

Part of me thinks that because the movie Cars 2 is not up to the caliber of Pixar’s previous movies, they opted not to do the fundraisers this year. Of course, I don’t know that other organizations were not invited. I do know that it seemed like most of the people who got to see the film in advance were mommy bloggers, as most will write glowing reviews to ensure they are invited to the events Disney hosts throughout the year.

We sent a check as Emeryville is the closest thing I have to a home. Plus, I believe that education is key to changing the world. It doesn’t help that Emeryville’s neighboring city, Oakland, is considering closing 14 of its library branches and limiting hours of the remaining to three days per week. You can learn more about Saving Oakland Libraries here. And if you would like to donate to the  Emery Ed Fund, here is their donation page.

p.s. News is reporting that California budget that is passing will cut 23% from the University of California and Cal State systems budgets. If you are looking at colleges (especially state schools), check out this site that compares tuition and also how had data about how much state funding per student has changed over the past few years.

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2 Responses to mickey disappoints

  1. Eugenia says:

    Thanks for the plea on behalf of the Emery Ed Fund, and thanks so much for sending a contribution even in spite of the absence of a benefit!. It’s heartening to know that some folks care about the youth of Emeryville more than the cache of hanging in the hallowed atrium of Pixar to get a sneak peak of their full length release ahead of their friends.

    The reason we were given was that the film was behind schedule, and they couldn’t fit in their customary fundraisers.

    In the meantime, support for public K-12 education is crucial, and I hope others take from your example and help us no matter what.

    Thanks again, and I would love to thank you–feel free to be in touch with us!

    Eugenia Bowman
    Executive Director
    Emery Ed Fund
    510-601-4997
    ebowman@emeryed.org

  2. godotchris says:

    Eugenia, I hope others will help out. I do believe education is key to people improving their lives. I am grateful for the help I received growing up. My Mom literally pulled my sister and I out of a public school after showing up one afternoon (she suspected something was wrong) to witness for herself what was happening in our classrooms. She didn’t have a plan, but told her story to the principal of a nearby private school, and got us in.

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