$18,000 In One Hour!

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Folks, WE did it. In one hour on a cold January evening, we raised over $18,000 for Hope’s Community Closet here in Temecula.

What we did that night, together, proved one thing. Impact Club Temecula is a force to be reckoned with.

We started with a simple idea. Let’s bring 100 members together to meet for 1 hour, and donate $100 each, making a $10,000 impact on a local charity.

The response was overwhelming. You shared my original request 91 times. The posts, comments, and photos started rolling in.

Kristen Gabel posted, “I am a huge supporter of helping others but find that I only seem to do it at the holidays!

So many of us give and donate during the expected time of the year, Thanksgiving, Christmas, the holidays, but then choose to do very little for others, during the rest of the year.

Me included, I’ve definitely been guilty.

Then New Year’s comes around and our resolutions tend to revolve around us. Our weight. Our income. Which, there’s nothing wrong with that, but it’s Kristen’s follow-up statement that impacted me. Because it’s the same realization I had a few months ago, that led to Impact Club. Further, Kristen’s statement, specifically, was about Impact Club…

She said, “Now I (WE) can give back all year & create something amazing!”

Because let’s face it, just because the holidays are over, doesn’t mean kids aren’t still hungry.

Our goal, prior to the January 26th Impact Club Event, was to inspire 100 founding members to join us in the fight to impact our community. Turns out, it didn’t take 30 days. It took just 6 days…

As a result, from my last update, I started looking for larger venues.

When people began receiving their Impact Club t-shirts, they worked as messengers to build the movement.

Approximately 185 local business owners, philanthropists and local leaders, became founding Impact Club™ Members in January.

Shishana Hogg posted, “Watch this video! It’s impossible to tell me you do not want to be a part of this amazing event!”

Sadly, there were a few. If you’ve read my book, “The Value Driven Approach to Sell Real Estate”, you know my personal disdain for the typical real estate agent. And in typical fashion, I received messages from two real estate agents within 5 minutes of each other, both withdrawing their Impact Club membership.

One said, “As an agent it puts me in a very awkward position and a perception of conflict of interest.”

Huh?

Another said, “…that Impact Club could become a conflict of interest.”

I simply responded, “I don’t really understand how doing good and helping the community can be a conflict of interest. The only way I see it being a conflict is if you are joining for the wrong reasons, to make it about networking or about real estate…which it isn’t. In any event, if I can somehow contribute to your new project, just let me know. I always say that when it comes to making Impact, the more the merrier.”

The night of the event, we heard 3 charities tell their stories.

We heard Project T.O.U.C.H. tell us about their efforts to prevent homelessness in the valley. They told a story of a seventeen year old girl who called, asking to be placed in a temporary home. Her mother had left her, and she was living with her sister, who was caring for a small baby. Project T.O.U.C.H was able to put her up in a fully furnished room within one day.

We heard from Christian Youth Theater, the largest youth theater in the nation and a non-profit 501(c)3 educational organization funded primarily through its tuition, ticket sales, and outside contributions. They told the story of Felix, who went from banging his head against a locker to facing an audience of hundreds and singing.

At the end of the night, the tribe had spoken. The group chose Hope’s Community Closet as the first winner of Impact Club’s $18,000+ donation. Krissy Allen runs the non-profit dedicated to providing clothing for kids who are often seen wearing the same clothes every day, or kids wearing t-shirts with no jacket in Winter. Krissy told a story of a high school senior who was referred, and obviously didn’t want to be there. By the time he was done, he left with a smile on his face, finding out that Hope’s Community Closet had the exact Vans shoes he wanted, and the exact pair of Levi’s jeans he’d been eyeing.


The whole night was magical. To see this many people in our community come together for a good cause was amazing. I could go on, but I’ll let people who were there tell you about it.

“Such a great experience and we get to do it again in April. One man became 186 people. $100 became $18k. Lives were changed, good was done.” – Dennis Irwin

“A $100 donation doesn’t go far, but if you team up with 181 other people in your community, you can make a huge IMPACT! Three local charities presented, we voted, and one received $18,100 to further their mission and help people within Temecula.” – Lindy Sabbara

“Not just talk, real impact!” – Christi L. White

“Awesome to be able to make such a difference in our local community!” – Frank Van Dyke

“SO INCREDIBLY COOL! I can’t wait for the next one and continuing to make an IMPACT for people in need. I know in my heart this is what God intends for us to do with helping people in need! LOVE THIS SO MUCH!” – Ryan Steinbuch

“Kudos to you for putting this groundwork together. It was great to see associates, friends and even competitors come together for a great cause. The sky is the limit…!” – Ben Mireles

Our next event is scheduled for April 27th at Wilson Creek. We’re aiming for 250 people, which would mean a $25,000 donation to a local charity.

Can I count on you? If so, go to ImpactClubTemecula.com and register to join us!

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