As with many grassroots movements, it begins as a response to a cause or need which is usually dire. The necessity of attending to the immediate issue usually comes first, often getting by on a skeletal framework of volunteers, social media, and contact lists. That said, STPH managed to get bumper stickers, brochures, and merchant support window clings distributed around the area, created stationery, banners, contact cards and petition sheets as well as tee shirts done, all with the PINK HOUSE logo.
We were out at Lit Fest and Conservation Week. We had a booth all through Yankee Homecoming. And we began meeting monthly at PITA Hall, starting with a hugely successful kick off Meeting in September which was attended by over 60 people in addition to a wonderful showing of our local elected officials (Councilman Earls, Selectman Wik, Senators Tarr and Ives, Reps Mirra and Kelcourse, and Congressman Mouton's rep Morgan Bell), 20 volunteers, press and a documentary filmmaker. We followed that by putting on a Holiday Art Show and Auction with just seven weeks to plan, to raise basic operating costs, as all of the above was out of our pockets.
We thank everyone who were part of this Herculean effort from the bottom of our hearts. All who participate are not only doing an incredibly good deed on behalf of their own interests but are also giving back incredible value to their neighbors and the entire North Shore community from Marblehead to Maine!
(If you want to volunteer for Support the Pink House, just click the CONTACT link above and fill out the form!)