April 7, 2016 is a day that could mean big things for the children who live at Soaring Wings Ranch!
We know you want to remember April 7 and what makes it significant in 2016, so let’s first take a look at some other memorable things that have happened on April 7 throughout history.
April 7, 1906 – Mount Vesuvius erupted in Naples, Italy, burning homes and spilling gray ash and liquid lava throughout the villages. The New York Tribune reported, “the sea is greatly agitated. The sky has cleared, but heavy clouds hang over the east, threatening a further downpour. The streams of lava are almost stationary. Troops are erecting barriers in the direction of Pompei to prevent further danger in that quarter. “
April 7, 1949 – South Pacific, the hit musical by Rodgers and Hammerstein, debuted on Broadway and continues to be favored in high school drama programs and community theatre organizations now. You might recognize compositions including Bali Ha’i, Some Enchanted Evening, Younger than Springtime, or A Wonderful Guy from this classic.
April 7, 2001 – The Mars Odyssey launched on a 6-month, 286 million-mile journey to Mars, reaching the planet on March 1, 2001 to monitor the environment for signs of life.
April 7, 2011- 85-year-old Anthony Smith and a crew of three sailed across the Atlantic Ocean on a 12-meter-long raft made of metal pipes. The 60-day journey was planned in order to draw attention to the lack of clean water in many parts of the world, and it raised 50 thousand pounds for the charity WaterAid.
So what is happening on April 7, 2016 that you will want to remember? Soaring Wings Ranch is participating in the second annual Arkansas Gives, and your donation will go further to help the children who live at the ranch on April 7 than on any other day.
Here’s how it works:
Between the hours of 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. on April 7, log on to arkansasgives.org and search for Soaring Wings Ranch. Better yet, click here to go directly to SWR’s profile on the Arkansas Gives website and donate any amount there.You must use a debit or credit card when making your donation.
Why April 7? Because giving to Soaring Wings Ranch on April 7 during the 12-hour Arkansas Gives event will help SWR receive bonus dollars in addition to donations. For example, if SWR raises 5 percent of the total dollars raised during the Arkansas Gives event, we will receive 5 percent of the pool of bonus dollars. Additional prize money is awarded to the non-profit organization in each category with the highest dollar amount in donations and the largest number of donations. This means that small donations of about $25 dollars will go a long way to help Soaring Wings Ranch receive additional prize money! To make this once-a-year opportunity even greater, Soaring Wings Ranch is working to secure match funds to increase the value of your donation even more.
Only donations made at arkansasgives.org or through SWR’s direct profile here between the hours of 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. on April 7 will count toward the total donations and help Soaring Wings Ranch receive bonus dollars!