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Don’t miss out…

It’s almost Sunday Fund Day!

Join us this Sunday, July 14, 2-3:30pm at Old Dog Tavern, 402 E. Kalamazoo Ave. in downtown Kalamazoo. This fun and popular KCDP fundraiser is a chance to meet new people and greet old friends while tipping a brew or two. (Not into craft beer? The cash bar will offer wine, soda pop and cocktails, too.)

Bring your neighbors and friends—but have them buy tickets first! Tickets will be available at the door, but getting yours ahead of time helps us plan for enough food. Light appetizers will include veggies and hummus, chips and salsa, and hard pretzel twists with Dorgan’s mustard. Please enter at Old Dog Tavern’s side gate. We’ll be outside, at the back of the building.

A brief program will include updates from local candidates and the local party. KCDP Chair Jake Andrews will speak about the races we’re targeting in 2020 and how our efforts will help ensure electoral success. And State Representative Jon Hoadley will say a few words on why local, county parties are critical. 

It’s vitally important that we raise funds now so we can go into 2020 with money in the bank. It gives us the resources to do more and do it earlier.

No one will be denied entry for lack of funds, but we suggest a Sunday Fund Day donation of $25 per person. Buy your ticket here: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/kcdpsundayfunday.

And we’re looking for sponsors, too! We will proudly thank our Fund Day sponsors by name on Facebook, ActBlue, and at signs at the event. Sponsor Fund Day here.

An early thank you to the Sunday Fund Day sponsors who’ve already signed up: 

  • Hon. Sean McCann
  • Nancy Falk
  • Chris Burns
  • Joel Murr & Rob Oakleaf
  • Michelle Miller-Adams
  • Michelle & Troy Zukowski-Serlin & Julie Serlin
  • David and Elizabeth McShane
  • Alan Hovestadt
  • Millie Lambert
  • Frederick Rutherford

Sponsorship levels:

  • $100 Friend
  • $250 Supporter
  • $500 Host
  • $1000 Champion

Can’t make it? Please consider making a donation anyway. Help Democrats get ready for 2020!  

Facebook reach continues to grow

As of the beginning of July 2019 we have 2,866 followers on Facebook. We typically reach more than 4,000 people regularly, thanks to sharing and our ad campaigns.

A majority are women, evenly distributed across age groups:

And while it’s no surprise that most are in Kalamazoo, many follow us from Grand Rapids, as well!

If you don’t already follow KCDP on Facebook, check out our page. For more info about our social media presence, email Communications Chair Gary Sigman, communications@kzoodems.com.

Join KCDP… it matters! 

Join the KCDP today to help ensure that we elect great Democrats locally, statewide, and at the national level. Your contribution will benefit the Kalamazoo County Democratic Party (MI) – Campaign Account.

An annual General Membership is just $30. To make a bigger impact, you can become a General Member Plus with a monthly contribution of just $5. Click here to see more membership options. Lots of folks have been signing up with a $10/mo. contribution.

What we’ve been up to

On May 23, KCDP volunteers joined others for a community Planting Day at Bronson Park, downtown Kalamazoo. Here’s the flower bed we adopted right across from City Hall—immediately after planting (above) and just 6 weeks later (below)!

And on July 4, local Dems threw buckets of candy (a few pieces at a time) to spectators along Independence Day parade routes in Richland and Schoolcraft. Pictured here: the Schoolcraft crew. 

This week

Details sometimes change. Check our website calendar for the latest info.

On Saturday, July 13, KCDP will be at the Kalamazoo Black Arts Festival at Lacrone Park, 535 W. Paterson St., from 12-6pm. You can enjoy wonderful food, vendors, and live performances and help us recruit volunteers and hand out KCDP info. Email Volunteer Committee Chair Dakota Torolski, volunteer@kzoodems.com for details. 

Mark your calendar for another fabulous Party for the People: KCDP Sunday Fund Day on July 14, 2-3:30pm at Old Dog Tavern, 402 East Kalamazoo Avenue, in Kalamazoo. Join us for an afternoon of socializing, raising funds for KCDP, and tipping a brew or two. Note: Please enter at the side gate of Old Dog. For information, email Director of Development Margy Belchak, fundraising@kzoodems.com.

Coming soon

Phone-banking continues on Wednesdays, July 17, 24 and 31, from 5:30-7:30pm at the KCDP office, 3254 S. Westnedge Ave., Kalamazoo. Volunteers will be calling to remind KCDP members to renew their memberships. Come for as long as you can. Bring a charged cell phone and a friend! Questions? Email Margy Belchak, fundraising@kzoodems.com or just show up! 

Our monthly KCDP “Third Thursday”meeting will be on Thursday, July 18, 5:30-6:30pm speaker (TBD), 6:30-7:30pm business meeting, at Travelers Cafe and Pub, 5225 Portage Rd, Portage. Everyone is welcome. No reservation necessary—we have the whole back room. You can order dinner, just a beverage, or nothing at all — but do join us! Questions? Email info@kzoodems.com.

The KCDP Volunteer Committee will meet on Wednesday, July 24, 5:30-6:30pm at the KCDP office, 3254 S. Westnedge Ave., Kalamazoo. We welcome new members to discuss past volunteer efforts and plan upcoming events. Questions? Email Dakota Torolski,  volunteer@kzoodems.com.

Why I’m a Democrat – Loren A. Kimeldorf

“I have always been a Democrat because I believe a responsive government is part of the solution—not the problem—to many of the challenges we face today. I am a Democrat because climate change is real. I am a Democrat because a living wage and affordable healthcare are not a dream but our future. Lastly and most importantly I will always be a Democrat because we fight to ever expand equality, not shrink it.”

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