A little bit about me: I like certain brands of tuna, I'm a book person, and I don't know how one begins a blog post.
The LoL Nonprofit journey has offered, thus far, a fantastic chance to connect - To connect with new friends, to connect with the community, and to connect with passionate collaborators. However, I've never been one to beat around the bush, so I'll just get straight to it. If you've been following our efforts thus far, you may have heard a rumor:
Shane, LoL co-founder, quit.
I feel as though it's my responsibility to address these rumors. . . Regrettably, they’re accurate. Immediately before appearing with me on ntTV's Late Night @ North Texas, host Natalie Szczechowski mispronounced Shane's last name, and he stormed off-set during the taping's pause for commercial break. The interview was stalled, and it became a scramble to find someone to fill Shane’s spot. Miraculously, friend and former coworker Pat Patchins was conveniently using a nearby restroom. He agreed to come on in Shane's stead.
If you know Pat, you know he never leaves home without something that's incredibly important to him: a portrait of his great grandfather, "Papi Patchins." I'm not sure whether or not Papi is his legitimate first name, but something tells me it's a genuine possibility. Rather than talking about the Nonprofit, Pat spent most of the interview describing his relative's impressive and completely true accomplishments. Watch ntTV's interview when it is posted early March to hear about Papi's role in the Revolutionary War as the only soldier on the Canadian side.
On a more serious note, the interview was a blast and the ntTV crew was as kind as they were professional. The past few weeks/months have been crazy as we've started in on this Nonprofit journey. Mostly though, the LoL team has grown, both in number and in scope. We've gone from a small collection of friends not exactly sure of what we were getting ourselves into (myself included), and we're rapidly becoming a collection of passionate collaborators intent on contributing towards our communities' education by putting on local comedy shows. We're especially excited for our first show on March 18th, as we plan on using 100% of the revenue to purchase a bilingual library for a dual-language elementary classroom.
We can offer no greater "thank you" than to those who have thus far supported us. The sincere kindness that people have been extending to the team is cherished, and I believe I speak for all of us in saying that. For the past few months, our dedicated efforts have gone towards starting a Nonprofit. Now, they're going towards running one.
I hope you continue following us on this weird track we've found ourselves on. If you have an interest in volunteering with us, whether you'd like to help staff comedy shows, purchase and distribute books to classrooms, or if you have ideas of your own, contact firstname.lastname@example.org