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Date: Wed Apr 08 1998 - 13:16:46 PDT
Respected Sri. Sadagopan, I had a few ideas for fund-raising for our Ranganatha Temple, and wanted to share them with you for what (little) they may be worth. It's possible some of these are already being acted on. I'm copying the list on this message as this may trigger new (and possibly much better) ideas for a stellar fund-raising effort for our Lord's home in Pomona. (Of course I don't know if there is a reason not to go out and give publicity on a large scale and I'm suggesting something not-so-welcome. If so, I apologise...) Before I begin, I've sent you a seperate email with my pledge. Thank you for your (as always brilliant) amrith-bindu-like sweet emails on Lord RanganAtha and your fervent pleas making us aware of such opportunities. 1. Could the temple make available receipt-books to those of us who would like to take to cultural activites and collect for the temple? With that the devotees could take something tangible to family/friends/bhakta-samoohams and help people take action right then instead of spreading the word alone... We can then give the people receipts and forward the checks and finally send the stubs with the contributor names/addresses... 2. Are there ads that can be placed in all "indo-american" papers? (The Rajasthani community in particular may also be interested in this temple, (as I'm sure you know) there has long been a connection with the Srirangam temple and Marwaris especially visit regularly in India. Some may be on the bhakti-list or we can reach information to Rajasthani Associations in our cities. 3. Are there flyers that can be faxed/emailed that we can then print on colored paper and take to our local temples/cultural centers etc? 4. I can ask a local Bharatanatyam dance school director if she will put up a fund-raising performance, and help to organise it. Others on our Bhakti list or people they know might have access to any number of local/more universally famous talents that may be willing to contribute in this fashion. Is it possible to arrange a more organised tour across the country by pooling all our efforts and getting, say, Sri. Seshagopalan concerts in major cities...? (I presume, even if such efforts take time, that funds will still be required for continued management, and this may help.) Towards this, are there organizations (such as South Indian Fine Arts society in CA) that people have connections with so we can gain from joining hands...? 5. You have kindly donated your music tapes. When possible, and when the temple has the means to make copies, if the list/order forms can be made available to us, we can collect orders and funds. Please feel free to modify/reject any or all of the above. Others on the list may possibly have much more experience than me and may add their insights/ideas. Thank you. Namaskaram, Viji Raghunathan.