The East Aurora Co-op has come a very long way over the course of our six-week capital campaign. We now have nearly 900 member-owners and we’ve raised over $514,000. We are profoundly grateful and humbled by your support. But for those of you who have been following our campaign closely, you know that yesterday was the deadline to hit our goal of $875,000. That did not happen.
So, what’s next? The August 15 deadline was a mutually agreed-upon date established by our board of directors and our site landlord. Both parties will be meeting within the next few days to discuss the path forward and determine if there’s flexibility in that schedule. We are hopeful that we can get more time to extend the campaign and reach our goal. We have come a long way and we can feel the momentum building. But, as we’ve stated before, if we can’t cross the finish line, if we can’t finish the race – well, we don’t even want to think about it.
Here’s what we need. We need to increase the number of investors as much as we can over the next few days to prove that we have momentum on our side. Because if we do, we’ll be in a stronger position to get time on our side. Capitalizing and realizing the East Aurora Cooperative Market is absolutely within reach, but it’s far from a foregone conclusion. We have strong, broad-based community support. What we need now are individuals and families stepping forward to invest in the future of their Co-op.
We’ll be at the Co-op office at 595 Main Street tomorrow (Sunday) from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. Stop on by and see us! You can also contact Sheila (912-0672) or Mike (316-1090) or send us an email at [email protected].