Thursday, August 31, 2017

Love is ALWAYS in Fashion 2017

Hello, dear friends, family, pals, Internet strangers!

September begins my 6th annual Love is ALWAYS in Fashion hat fundraising year.

At the end of last year, I felt like 5 years was an amazing run, and I could end on a really high note if I needed to.

As August crept around the corner, I started reflecting on the paralysis I'm feeling about focusing my efforts to try to do something GOOD and HELPFUL and PERFECTLY LOVING as things are crumbling around us in this world. 

I've hardly made new comics this year. What's even funny anymore? What do we need as a community? Do my feelings even matter in the midst of very true, real, horror and pain being experienced in our marginalized communities?

I decided to just stop deciding how I should feel about that, and just DO something. Which always looks like sitting down and making another hat. And another. Then another. 


So for 2017, I'm baaacccck, AND I'm changing up the game a little bit.

I've selected THREE charities I'm going to support, and you will have two ways to contribute:

1) When you see me at an event, you can hand me some cash and I'll add it to the charity's collection of your choice,


2) When you buy a hat from me, you'll receive a $5 hat coupon to drop in the collection envelope of your choice and I will donate that money on your behalf.

It's called...

Your generous contributions "at the Drop of a Hat", will be passed through to three organizations that need general operating funds to keep programs running smoothly on the administrative side. This year, I'm not here to give the funds directly to helping clients with their bills, or providing meals and socks and toys. I'm here to support systematic movements and the less-fun back-office work that needs supported in order for the organizations to be free do their work with their clients. OK? OK.

Here are the three charities to choose from:

1) Southern Poverty Law Center - "The Southern Poverty Law Center is dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry and to seeking justice for the most vulnerable members of our society. Using litigation, education, and other forms of advocacy, the SPLC works toward the day when the ideals of equal justice and equal opportunity will be a reality."

2) Let America Vote - "Jason Kander started Let America Vote to fight back against proposals across the country that make it harder for eligible voters to exercise their constitutional right to cast a ballot. Whether it’s extreme identification requirements, questionable purges of voter rolls, voter intimidation, new and extreme voter registration processes, or anything that makes voting harder, Let America Vote will be there to lead the way against it. Through online and grassroots organizing, an aggressive earned media strategy, and advertising, Let America Vote will play a crucial role among the existing network of organizations fighting for voting rights."

3) reStart, Inc - "reStart is the only homeless agency in Kansas City serving all homeless populations—singles, couples, gay, straight and trans-gendered individuals, and unaccompanied youth ages 12-18, as well as non-traditional families, persons with HIV/AIDS, and individuals recently released from prison or from psychiatric hospitalization."

You can donate to one of them, you can donate to all of them. You let your passions dictate where your funds go this year! At the end of the year, I'll tally up all the funds and coupons in the envelopes and make one big donation to each of the organizations. My dream would be to donate $500 to all three of them! I'll keep you posted on my progress, OK?

Love, C McG



1) Where can I get a hat?
A: I recommend following my Facebook page for all the potential Classy sightings coming up this fall/winter. I will occasionally be posting hats for sale through my various social/commerce websites. FB and Instagram are the best places to keep tabs on me, though. If we're friends in real life, obviously just text me and tell me when you're coming to my house to shop, and I'll plan to be home, OK? My very first event is Friday, September 1, 5-10:00 at the Buffalo Room (behind Westport Flea Market) in Westport KC. FB event details are here! FREE admission, FREE parking. Music, all kinds of art, etc etc!

2) Can I just give you money, though?
A: YES, please! I don't know if my team is operating at 100% full hat-making steam this year, so your generous money donations will move us quickly toward our goals! If you'd like to donate via check, make the check out to the agency you are supporting and I'll just add it to my check pile for the mail. If you'd like to donate via credit card, just go to the charity's website and donate directly to them. I don't need to be your middle-man.

3) So I can completely bypass you and do whatever I want.
A: Yes. You are your own person, and I believe in you.

4) So, you aren't the only one making hats?
A: Correct. I usually have 1 or 2 other people helping me during hat fundraising season (thanks so far, Kate!). It's cool because I've taught them my process, and they can contribute hats with their own cool flair and all the charity money goes to the same place.

5) But I want the hat YOU made, though.
A: I will lie to you and tell you I made it then.

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