As many of you know, I have spina bifida and have been a strong advocate on behalf of all those affected with this disability as well as the 65 million U.S. women of child bearing age. As you are probably aware, all women of childbearing age should be taking a multivitamin that contains folic acid in order to increase the odds that a child will not be born with spina bifida. I was honored to be the Chairman of the Spina Bifida Association of America the past number of years and I am now a member of the Board of the International Federation for Hydrocephalus and Spina Bifida in Brussels.
Along with our time and energy, Kristen and I are both financial supporters of the Spina Bifida Association. I have also been fortunate that my firm, Dunlap Codding, has supported my work these past 12 years and given tens of thousands of dollars in financial and in-kind donations. We all believe in the mission of the organization and the work that it does.
I am now asking your financial support as well.
In conjunction with the Association's Roast of Stephen Colbert of the "Colbert Report", we are raising additional funds through donations and car raffle tickets. The car being raffled this year is a Hybrid Lexus RX 400H – the winner will be able to drive in style, comfort and fuel economy.
I promise you – the Spina Bifida Association is an amazing steward of the funds we raise and the impact we are having in the world is at least 10x the actual size of our organization. You have my word that the funds raised will be well used. If you are interested in learning more about what we do - I invite you to go to https://www.sbaa.org
I – and all those affected by spina bifida – need your financial generosity and support at this point in time.
If you can buy a raffle ticket, please fill out the attached form. Buy two tickets and you get a $25 price break! Only 2500 tickets will be sold – so your odds of winning are great.
If you are in the DC area, please purchase tickets to the Roast – it should be the event of the year in Washington, D.C. I can only imagine what members of Congress and The White House, given an open microphone, will say to Stephen Colbert! The tables will be turned. The link to purchase tickets is: https://tr.im/sbacolbertroast
If you cannot attend the Roast, you can still make a donation and support the work of the SBA. I am extremely grateful for any contribution you can make and anything you can give, no matter the amount, will make a difference.
The link for Roast tickets and donations is: https://tr.im/sbacolbertroast
One last request – please forward this email and attachment to at least ten people in your email address book. The last time I requested your assistance in writing to Congress, I was overwhelmed with the number of people who responded. It was astounding, frankly, and I believe that we must have gotten 15-20 more replies than the number of people I emailed. So – forwarding this email will not take a lot of time, but the impact of forwarding the email is immeasurable.
Kristen and I thank you for your financial generosity and time. Most importantly, we thank you for your incredible support of the work I have been doing on behalf of the SBA. Together, we have truly made a difference in the lives of millions of people throughout the United States.
Kristen, Karl and I wish you, and your family, the very best for the holidays,
Record your presentation without video. Then, listen to it without watching the slides. I like putting my audio on my portable mp3 player -- and taking a walk. While listening to myself on the ellipse machine at the gym last week, I found an area of my presentation that dragged so dismally, I barely registered a heartbeat while chugging along at a high incline! I went back to the office for a rewrite and added more powerful visuals. Listening to "audio only" helps you spot pace and pitch problems -- but it also helps you later recall the words and inflections that work well.