As Ray would say, “Hi Y’all!”
Last year was a crazy one year for sure, and we hope all of our friends are safe and healthy, and that you adapted to the many curveballs that 2020 threw your way.
As you might expect, it was not possible for us to host our annual RayDay celebration in October 2020, so we went ahead and put a stake in the ground at Serenbe to bring everyone back together in person on October 17, 2021. Go ahead and mark your calendars for that event, and please read on.
In lieu of a live RayDay in 2020, we hatched a plan that allowed us to stay engaged virtually between July and October 2020. We were able to "celebRAYte" what we’ve already done together, while staying true to Ray’s memory and legacy.
Starting on Ray’s birthday, Tuesday, July 28, 2020, we kicked off a 15-week, interactive Facebook celebRAYtion that allowed us to look back at all of the past RayDays, with special focus on the organizations that have been with us since the very beginning.
Our celebRAYtion also had a giving component, because that’s what Ray would have done in a time like this.
We hosted a joint fundraiser for 13 of our favorite initiatives, and the Ray C. Anderson Foundation matched donations for each of those nonprofits, dollar for dollar, up to $5,000 each.
A total of $40,220 was raised against our matches, and for those who didn’t raise the full $5,000, we still gave them the full amount.
The grand total raised during CelebRAYtion was $105,220.