Yesterday was a pretty amazing day at the East Aurora Co-op. Here’s a recap.

Where we started: Going into the final day of the Capital Campaign, we had a $68,800 gap to fill to meet our minimum required investment goal. We gathered at the Co-op, rolled up our sleeves, and got to work reaching out to fellow member-owners. It was an energized group, fueled by coffee, adrenaline, and the strength of our shared vision.

How it unfolded: We started out strong. Member-owners were showing up. Writing checks. Investing in the future of their Co-op. And they kept coming. All day long.

Where we finished: Together, we raised $108,300. $108,300! That’s amazing! That helped us reach and exceed our minimum required goal of $800,000. And together, we wrote the next chapter of the East Aurora Co-op story.

What it felt like: Remember the final scene from “It’s A Wonderful Life,” when Bedford Falls pulls together to save George Bailey? Well, that’s what it felt like at the Co-op. Today, collectively, we are all George Bailey – the richest man in town! Now we put our investment dollars to work building the Co-op we’ve all been envisioning.

What it means: Is there still more to do? Yes, there is. We know some folks wanted to be a part of the Capital Campaign and haven’t been able to sign on the bottom line yet. That’s fine. We can still accept investments to bridge the gap between our required minimum and our pro forma target of $875,000. We’ve had great discussions already with outside lenders, but we need to get those commitments solidified as well.

What’s next: On Wednesday evening at 6:30 p.m. at the Aurora Town Hall, 300 Gleed Avenue, member-owners are getting together to talk about the path forward and celebrate our incredible campaign success. Kindly RSVP to [email protected] if you can attend. See you there!