Out of the hundreds of emails received daily by MySweetCharity, more than a large number are to support a GoFundMe effort. Alas, due to MSC’s limiting coverage to 2,000+ North Texas 501 (c) 3 non-profits, it’s just not possible to help such grassroots projects.
But that’s not to say that GoFundMe undertakings aren’t worthwhile. Some are really rather gratifying in results like the one orchestrated by one of the area’s fav Chef Dean Fearing, who did a GoFundMe shout out about “my dear friend of 20+ year Paul Botamer.”
As Dean put it, Paul has been “such an important part of Fearing’s and my personal life for so many years. His towering [physique] of 6’5’ is only dwarfed by the size of his heart. He is the first to help, support or love his family, friends, coworkers or even up-and-coming vineyards. He is a gentle giant with a heart of gold, and it is very apparent when talking with him.”
It seems that “on Friday, February 4, 6’5” Paul fell at home and severely broke his left hand and injured his right leg.” The result was sommelier Paul was confined to a wheelchair, “being unable to work for four to five months.”
In addition he “supports his wife, who has been permanently disabled for many years.”
Partnering up with Paul’s friends like Happy and Mike Mason, Dean immediately undertook a GoFundMe effort “to help pay for hospital bills, physical therapy and bridge his [Paul’s] income until he can get back on his feet and start telling those amazing stories about the best wine in the world.”
The goal was a whopping $50,000.
But thanks to 133 donations from the likes of Lee Ann and Alan White, Garry Cox, Jacquelin Sewell, Warren Burns, Paul Generale, Ernie Sadau, Sue Gragg and always generous “anonymous,” the total has already surpassed the goal with a whopping $52,301.
But like other GoFundMe efforts, the original hoped-goal may have been low with more bills coming in from rehab and other needs arising, so the goal was increased to $75,000.
While MSC can’t promote GoFundMe activities, the MSC team still applauds those who support their friends, associates and others via such genuine programs. Before participating in such efforts, please check to make sure that the undertaking is legitimate.
* Photo courtesy of Dean Fearing