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Thursday, February 11, 2010
Irish Aires & Haiti Need Your Help!
KPFT has started their winter Fund Raiser this week.
Alternate news & cultural sources are IMPORTANT (that’s what we do),
but not as important as basic food, water, medicine & shelter.
Recognizing that, KPFT has decided to support the people of Haiti .
If you designate, your ‘Thank You’ gift will be:
That 10% of Your KPFT Donation Will Go To Charities That Benefit Haiti.
Giving up a t-shirt or Irish CD will help people that need so much MORE.
We could not forgo the fund raiser, because the electric company (and others)
would not forgo our obligations to them. But we will give to people whose needs
are much more severe than our own.
We hope you will give a little more to KPFT because of this, but in any event
10% of ALL donations & membership fees that don’t receive a tangible ‘Thank-You’
will benefit the people of Haiti .
We recognize that actions are as important then WORDS
when it comes to supporting our neighbors in times of need.
We are willing to step up to the plate on this one; we hope you are too!
Irish Aires & KPFT also need your support. We need to pull our weight in raising funds to keep the station on the air.
We have, over the long run, been able to do this because of your generosity.
PLEASE help us continue!
We don’t need anyone to give a LOT , we need a LOT of people to give.
Renew your pledge to KPFT & Irish Aires by donating what you can.
A little background for those of you new to our list:
Irish Aires is the name of radio show broadcast on KPFT-FM
(90.1FM in Houston Texas ) and on the internet (both live
and in archived versions). We are on every Saturday night
from 6-7PM (US Central Time – Midnight in
Ireland). We play a wide variety of Irish/Celtic music and
provide information on local ( Houston ) Celtic happenings.
However, we also provide internet resources for the
Irish/Celtic community. These include email lists, blogs &
web pages that include info on Irish &
interest (news, cultural happenings & local Houston area
While the producers (Pete, Bill, Emily & Jay) are all
unpaid volunteers, the non-profit KPFT-FM station has
substantial out-of-pocket expenses in order to stay on the
air 365 days a year/ 24 hours a day. Electricity, staff
salaries, license fees and maintenance are only a few of
For three weeks every winter, we change the format of our
show (and send out emails like this) in order to remind you
that KPFT, the Irish Aires radio show & our internet
services (email, blogs & web pages) are sponsored by YOU.
IF you have joined our membership in the past, please
consider rejoining during this drive; if you haven’t joined
yet, this is the time, join the Irish Aires / KPFT family.
KPFT is a non-commercial, community supported radio show.
They except no corporate or commercial sponsorship. The
receive a modest amount of support from the Corporation for
Public Broadcasting & grants, but 90% of their budget is
provided by individual contributions (which average about
Because of the need for your continued support, we need to
ask you for your support.
In addition to our broadcast which feature Irish/Celtic
music, we regularly include listing of local Celtic events.
we also hosts special guests to discuss issue of interest
to the Irish & Irish/American community.
We also provide various resource on the internet. They
As we have said before, we don’t need people to give a lot;
we need A LOT OF PEOPLE to give. Your individual support
at any level will help the station stay on the air and
Irish Aires to continue into its 28th Year.
You can contribute to Irish Aires by calling
during our show , or between
6:00-7:00PM OR you can complete the below form and
return to me via email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Basic membership costs are $25 for students & people on a
fixed or lower income; regular membership goes for $40 per
year (voting rights accrue at the $25 level).
If you can give more, we have been the beneficiaries of
some Irish/Celtic music CDs that we would like to give you
in return for a $60 contribution (even if you can only
afford to pay it out at $5 per month).
But it is more important for you to contribute, no matter
what the amount. Wide-spread, small contributions give our
station support from the community of people who appreciate
our programming and internet information.
We have some thank you gifts for contributions. If you can
contribute at the $60 level you will get one of our CDs
If you can contribute at the $90 level, you will get two of two
of our CDs.
At whatever level you can support us, please do.
Jay, Pete, Bill & Emily
Jay Dooling (email@example.com)
419 Lovett Boulevard
Houston, TX 77006
Date (mm-dd-yy): _____________________
First Name: __________________________
Last Name: __________________________
Street Address & Apt.# _______________________________
City, State & Zip: _______________________________
Telephone Area Code & Number: ________________________
Your E-mail address: _________________________________
Your favorite show(s): _______________________________
Donation Level (X one):
25.00 Student & Fixed income _______ (voting rights apply to all greater than $25)
40.00 Basic Membership _____
500.00 Leadership Circle _____
Other (Amount) _____
See below for sustainer memberships info
Amount of Contribution:
Amount from above $_________
Other Amount $_________
Total Amount of Pledge: $ ________
Thank you gift(s) that you want:
(Note: Thank you gifts for CREDIT CARD or sustainer
Is this: The first time you've pledged to us? ______
A renewal? ______
Enter your , Visa, MasterCard, or Discover
number below or leave blank to be billed at the above address.
(X one of the following):
AMERICAN EXPRESS ___,
Card # (DO include dashes):
Do you want to be a sustainer member? _______
How much per month can we charge to your credit card?
May we thank you on the air? Yes ___
Would you like to receive this month's catalogue of special
offerings from the Pacifica Radio Archives?
Thank you for your generosity. Your contribution will go to
Make okay radio even better!
Pete Little, Jay Dooling, Bill Galbraith & Emily Standish
* To promote cultural diversity and pluralistic community
* To contribute to a lasting understanding between
individuals of all nations, races, creeds and colors.
* To promote freedom of the press and serve as a forum for
* To maintain an independent funding base.