And there's still time.
You heard us! Since we asked for your help on August 10th, you've contributed more than $50,000 — half of the $100,000 we need to raise before August 31. Thank you! Thank you!
The outpouring of support has been heartwarming and inspiring. But there's no end in sight to the extreme heat and drought that has been so devastating financially to the Wildflower Center, causing a major reduction in the admissions and store sales that make up 30% of our budget.
So many of you have responded with donations and good wishes! And Glenn Stuart of San Antonio is inspired to ride his three-wheeled recumbent tricycle from his hometown to the Wildflower Center, hoping it would prompt even more donations. He'll be riding on Saturday, August 27, and will post updates on his Facebook page. He'll be taking lots of precautions to prevent heat exhaustion.
"When I saw you needed help, I thought how this drought had affected so many people," Stuart said, "and I decided that I was going to do something. The Wildflower Center is my favorite place."
Stuart, a photographer who does home repair, found his own inspiration at the Wildflower Center. After his father died, he lost interest in photography and sold his cameras, but when he visited the Wildflower Center, he felt his creativity return.
"I don't know what most of the plants are, but I'm learning. I wanted to take photos again." Some of his work appears on our Facebook page.
We are grateful to Stuart for his ride in the heat. And we are grateful to all of you who contributed. You can support him—and us—by making a donation as he makes this 60-mile ride. Give $1.00 a mile, or $0.50, or whatever you can afford. Put his name on the comment line on your check or in the comment box on our online giving page so he'll know that he inspired your gift.
It's not too late. We can still make our goal. No donation is too small (and none is too big). And by the way, the wildflowers are doing their best to bloom through the heat. Come see our gayfeathers and eryngo and the other hardy plants blooming in the heat.
We need to raise $100,000 before August 31. Donations of any kind will help us meet our financial needs. Please act now to help us survive the drought! Send your check today to:
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
4801 La Crosse Avenue
Austin, Texas 78739
Your generous support means so much to me and all of us here at the Wildflower Center.
Susan K. Rieff, Executive Director