Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Updates, and Heading Back to Detroit

Much has taken place in the last few weeks. We have now hired Ryan Widger, a great friend and very talented artist, to work with us as our producer and media consultant. After discussions with various non profit groups that had an "interest" in working with us, we decided on a grass roots organization located in Detroit. United Peace Relief Detroit is more concerned with direct action to help the local community instead of publicity. We have scheduled a meeting next week to discuss the food and clothing drive which we will be working on with them some time near the Christmas holiday. One of the added bonuses of working under their umbrella is that donations are tax deductible.

The upcoming week's schedule in Detroit is full of appointments already. Our plan is to inspect the house we'll be using with a structural engineer, in case any reinforcements are necessary. In addition, we will consult with Erica Hill, executive assistant to the mayor in the department of special events and film...which brings us to Larry, our latest addition to the project. Larry is our "water guy." He's worked on special effects for movies and commercials for 20+ years, and it looks like we're on the same page with Ice House Detroit. Finally, we will be handing a check to Laveda Hoskins, so that she and her family can move in to their new home right after the new year.

To address the question so many have been asking, "when is the house getting iced?", we're hoping for early January. The final dates chosen will depend on humidity, temperature, and snow.

Last but not least, we'd like to mention that this is the last week to fund our project on Kickstarter. If you're new to our blog and project and would like more information, please take a look at our project description. Thank you again to all who've donated so far. For those of you that have been following the project, sending us emails, and sharing your stories, we'd like to encourage you to be a part of our project by helping make it happen.