This past weekend was the big kick off to the 2014 con season with Toronto Comic Con. We had many things to be excited about with new table display items, spruced up uniforms and our pack raffle, but the passing of Harold Ramis still weighed on us. There was a huge amount of sympathy and support for con-goers which was so amazing to see. In honour of Mr. Ramis we will be supporting The Vasculitis Foundation of Canada with the sales of any of our table items such as postcards, magnets, buttons, baked goods and...Twinkies. (all pack raffle process will still go to Sick Kids Hospital). In order better understand the disease we spoke to a representative from the organization and one of the main goals of The Vasculitis Foundation of Canada is to simply educate doctors. This disease is so rare that many doctors are unaware of it and misdiagnose it which leads to delayed treatment. This charity is quite small and would really truly benefit from any support we can give it. Are you seriously going to let the thing that took Egon away from us get away with it? Naw man, we came, we saw it and we’re gaining to kick its ass! If you mess with one Ghostbuster, you mess with all of us!
It is with very heavy hearts that we recognize the passing or Harold Ramis. It's hard to judge what a Human being is worth. But if anything works as a benchmark, it's the love and inspiration one generates in others around him. Because of Mr. Ramis’ writing, acting, and his imagination we The Ontario Ghostbusters, get to do something good not only for ourselves but for others. We get to share passion and inspiration. While we can't say “don't be sad for the passing of one who has done much”, we can say take inspiration and heart in the impression, impact, and creative works he gave us while he was alive. Such should be the final note in any artist's life.
We felt we had a fantastic year for fundraising. 71% of all money raised was directly donated to three major recipients - Street Cats, McMaster Children’s Hospital and Sick Kids Toronto. We still have 8% in reserve and 21% was spent on expenses. This year was a year of many transitions which resulted in a slightly higher percentage of our money being spent on administration and supplies. Our major expenses included a new Vigo banner, new business cards, web hosting, magnet and button production and jump suits for rookie photos. Almost all of these expenses were one time fees or will not re-occur for another year or two so 2014 should see a very steep decline on money spent on administration and supplies.
We want to take this opportunity to thank everyone who stopped by our booth, liked a Facebook post or bought a little something. We are here to support and encourage Ghostbuster fans like you but we would be nowhere without your support and encouragement! Thanks for another fantastic year!