The ‘Burbs for the Birds

June 11th, 2010

‘WHO WILL WE WILL’ is proud to present our 2nd Cinema Charité event! Our last movie night in May was a huge success, resulting in the planting of over 400 new trees through the Global Releaf campaign.

This time around, we’re screening “THE BURBS”! The 1989 comedy classic is best known as the one and only cinematic union of Hollywood heavyweights Tom Hanks & Corey Feldman.

Our cause this time around is rehabilitation and rescue of birds affected by the oil spill and other disasters. We’ll be giving 100% of the profits from your donations to California-based Int’l Bird Rescue Research Center, whose response team is on the ground in the Gulf as we speak. For just $10, you can help save lives AND catch a hilarious flick at a sweet-ass venue. And did we mention there’s a FULL BAR available?

What more could you ask for on a Sunday summer night? Tell your friends– everyone’s invited.

You can pre-purchase tickets or simply donate via credit card or Paypal here:

Hope to see you there,
Who Will We Will, Inc

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Introducing…The "Who Will We Well"

April 27th, 2010

Dear Donors and Loyal Followers,

At long last, 6 months after the smashing success that was OktoberfeAst, where hundreds of memories were made and thousands of dollars were raised to build a fresh-water well at a village in Sudan, we are proud to say that the “Who Will We Well” has been COMPLETED!

Amazingly, our well ended up being built not in a village center, but even better at the local orphanage, St. Bartholomew’s, home to over 100 Sudanese orphans.

Better still, a private donor– inspired by the nearly 200 individual donations we received– chipped in extra funds to add a submersible pump to our well! What that means is that the orphanage will now have plumbing; water pumped directly into the children’s dorms and into the facility’s medical clinic (which, like this well, also serves the surrounding community).

The completion of this project brings finality to an absolutely stunning collaborative effort by hundreds of people across multiple continents, and it all started here, with YOU, the donors.

The submersible pump is currently awaiting installation (making its way to Sudan from Italy), but once that water starts flowing, you better believe you’ll be able to see the photos in all their glossy glory right here (or rather on our brand new website coming soon). In the mean time, you can check out a few more pics below. You can read more about St. Bartholomew’s and the Who Will We Well and check out 60 additional photos by clicking here.

I’ve said it before, and one of the perks of working in Who Will We Will is getting to say this time and time again…

…just look at those smiling faces!


On behalf of all of us at Who Will We Will and the children & staff of St. Bartholomew’s…thank you, thank you, 1000 times thank you!

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Cinema Charité!

April 15th, 2010

Ladies and Gentlemen, boys and girls,

It is with much excitement and anticipation that we are proud to announce Who Will We Will’s next great event: Cinema Charité!

Staying true to our ambition of throwing fun, innovative (yet simple) events for a cool cause, Cinema Charité is an idea as simple as they come: We pick a sweet cult film, screen it at a hip venue, throw in some drinks (naturally) and give a few bucks to a worthy cause.

For our inaugural event, we’re harping back to our youth and screening the 1986 Disney classic “Flight of the Navigator“.

Our cause this month is American Forest’s ‘Global Releaf’ campaign. Every dollar you donate plants a tree. It’s that simple. We’re asking for a $10 donation per person, so just think, for $10…you’ll plant 10 trees, have access to a full bar, a fantastic film, and one hell of a good time.

Oh and as an added bonus, the first 50 people in attendance get a FREE bag of popcorn! Could it get any better? Tell a friend.

You can pre-purchase tickets for $10 a piece now, right here.

Hope to see ya there!

, Aaron Horwitz, Bryan Weidenheft, Vaishali Sampat and Patrick Hook


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Not one, but two!

December 18th, 2009

Hey everyone,

Check out the new blurb that The Water Project wrote about us on their wonderful site. Your wells in Sudan should begin construction in February. That’s right I said wells. Plural.

http://thewaterproject.org/community/2009/12/18/who-will-we-will-and-they-did/

Long live the Who Will We Wells!

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*pic above is not of the Who Will We Wells. The first well is tenatively scheduled to begin construction in February.

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OktoberfeAst: The Results

December 16th, 2009

In early October…we sent you an email that read something like this: “Come to OktoberfeAst! Drink, give, rejoice, and help us build a well!”

Here we are…2 months later. You came to OktoberfeAst and you drank…a lot. And you gave…a lot. Now, as a result, it’s time to rejoice…a LOT.

Because of you– yes YOU– and your generous individual donation, a village of approximately 400 people in Southern Sudan will have clean, safe water for the next decade. Because of YOU, they will no longer have to walk up to 5 miles to fetch dirty, brown water from a hole in the ground, and because of YOU, a mother and father can now feel secure that their child won’t die from a water-borne illness.

You may notice that the location of our well has changed- our partner organization that is overseeing the construction, The Water Project, informed us that Sudan is the area with the most dire situation right now. And so, at one needy school in a Sudanese village, the ‘Who Will We Well’ will be built.

And that’s not all. Because of the amazing success of our event and the overwhelming number of donations we’ve received, you’ve made it possible for Who Will We Will to substantially fund the construction of a SECOND well in Sudan.

But that’s not the end of this story. One of the reasons we chose The Water Project is because of their exemplary notification process. The second the well location is chosen, we’ll be given the village’s GPS coordinates. As soon as the drill hits dirt, we’ll receive our first photos. Progress will be tracked all the way up until the well is finished and the villagers and schoolchildren pour their first cup of that sweet nectar of life.

So this month during the holidays, as you sit with family and friends and exchange all your gifts, take pride in the fact that somewhere on the other side of the world, you’ve already given a gift that will save someone’s life.

And hopefully…if our goal was achieved…you had one heck of a time doing it.

Click here for photos, and as always, contact us anytime with any questions or comments

Many Thanks and Happy Holidays.
Aaron Horwitz, Bryan Wiedenheft, Hannah McCoy, Vaishali Sampat, Carly Croick, and Patrick Hook

WHI – Wells for Sudan from The Water Project on Vimeo.

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Drink Beer. Give Water. Save Lives. Have a Blast!

October 20th, 2009

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Ladies and gentlemen…

…it’s that time of year. November is on the horizon, and you know what that means…Who Will We Will‘s 4th annual Feast Extravaganza! Last years event was a resounding success, as your generous donations allowed us to FULLY fund a needy orphanage in Cambodia for 11 months.

This year, we’re pullin’ out our dirndls and lederhosen and breaking out our stein glasses in the name of another underfunded cause. That’s right folks, in the vein of the spirited Bavarian tradition, we’re bringing the time-honored beer-swigging, bratwurst-scarfing Oktoberfest to West LA on November 21st. Of course, our bash is gonna be a little different…

This year we’re turning our attention toward the water crisis in Africa. Our goal this time around is to build a Fresh Water Well in a village in Kenya, where most people have never had access to clean, safe drinking water. If we can raise just $5,300, we can build a well that will provide over 400 people with clean drinking water for a decade. To put it another way, your $20 donation (less than you’d spend on a few overpriced drinks at your local bar) will provide two people with clean water for 10 years.

So this year at “OktoberfeAst”, every time you drink a beer…you’re giving water to someone in need. A $20 contribution gets you entry to the Feast, a full German meal, a special souvenir, and of course, a free pint of ale (or soda if you so choose). We’ve also got tons of games lined up, a silent auction with kick-ass items, some hokey Bavarian music, and a whole lot more fun.

Check out the attached invitation for all the info, and if you’d like to pre-purchase tix or simply make a donation, you can do so on our site at:

http://whowillwewill.com/news/donations

Thanks everyone. We hope to see ya next month in the name of charity and celebration.

Prost!

Aaron, Bryan, Hannah, Carly and Vaishali
Who Will We Will, Inc.

*Who Will We Will would like to remind you to always drink responsibly, and bring a designated driver.

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Welcome to Your New Home

August 5th, 2009

Nine long months ago, Who Will We Will threw a pretty big fundraiser we called the Feast 3.0. Anyone who’s a fan of this site need not be reminded what exactly that was (you were probably there!) but it’s been awhile since we discussed the “little organization that could” who we were raising money for.

It was a small orphanage in Cambodia called the Who Will Foundation (the name is no coincidence, it was an inspiration for our own). Led by the generous efforts of Jane Oliver, Georgie Walsh, and Gerald Trevor, the makeshift operation started out as a tiny soup kitchen on Saturdays, and grew to become a full-scale child-care operation that took in 11 desperately needy children, run out of a small apartment space. But Who Will had ideas for the future…

At the Feast 3.0, we mentioned the Who Will Foundation’s ambitious plan to build an entirely new orphanage, dubbed the Dreamcatcher Children’s Hamlet, which would provide a wonderful home, a school, and much more for a large group of children for generations to come. Along with other donors around the world, we used our fundraiser to bring in thousands of dollars in donations and sent it out to our friends in Cambodia to make their dream a reality.

The Dreamcatcher Children's Hamlet

It is with great pleasure that I report to you today with incredible news…the Dreamcatcher Children’s Hamlet has officially opened for business! With three beautiful new dorms for the children, and more for their caretakers, all complete with brand new beds, pillows, blankets the works, Who Will has expanded to take in 42 children, and the kids couldn’t be happier.

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Check out the sweet new bunks (and dorms)

These kids are interested in more than just Barbie dolls

slightly more than 11 children these days...:)

This is the amazing result when generous people work together for a common good. I’m talking of course about YOU. So on behalf of all of us here at Who Will We Will, and all the children at Dreamcatcher Children’s Hamlet, thank you, thank you, thank YOU.

Of course, there is always more work to be done. For more information on the Who Will Foundation, or if you’d like to contribute further and help them along as they continue to expand, check out www.Who-will.org for info and more.

Now, onto this year’s Feast…

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Gettin' Out

February 18th, 2009

Hey all,

  This past Tuesday, Feb 17th, we were privileged enough to be invited to show our stuff at the USC School of Social Work’s International Caucus. We were all under the assumption that the event would feature other small, up and coming organizations like ourselves. We were wrong. Peace Corps, Habitat For Humanity, and Amnesty International were just a few of the massive legends we got to present with. I don’t want to speak for the group, but, I think we definitely held our own! 

At the end of the day…we came away with some great contacts, and got to share our philosophy with tons of other aspiring do-gooders in Los Angeles, which is the whole point of our little thing we got going here. We were also treated to some delicious Subway sandwiches. Yeah, we ate fresh.

A few pics of the day below. Thanks for reading all.

    

I know what you’re all thinking, and yes, those sexy shirts ARE for sale. Available in Baby Blue or Black. Email us at WhoWillWeWill@gmail.com if ya want one.

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