Running the Numbers on 2011

We’ve got some year-end stats now for Connections in 2011. And, the results are pretty amazing.

It was clearly our best year yet. This was on the back of our single-largest concert ever: “The Concert for AMK,” last June. That one show, by itself, surpassed our fundraising for every other single year in our history. Pretty dang amazing.

This first graph shows our all-time funds raised over time.

As of year-end, we’ve raised $180, 547!!

This graph shows the funds raised, per-year:

As you  can see, 2011 blew the roof off of every other fundraising year we’ve ever had. The “Concert for AMK” was. of course, the thing that more than doubled our fundraising over every previous year.

However! When you factor out the “AMK Show,” 2011 was still our second largest fundraising years ever!!

Taking out that show, for an apples-to-apples comparison with other years, not only was 2011 our second largest fundraising year, but it was only $350 from being number one!!

So, it was an incredible year, no matter how you run the numbers.

Finally, a breakdown of the funds raised, per beneficiary. Our two primary beneficiaries are UMCOR, and “Imagine No Malaria.” (Follow the links to learn more about each). The “Other”category is the “Concert for AMK.”

Connections’ 2012 Spring schedule is now available at our website. At all our Spring shows, we’re rolling out our new show: “Superhits of the 70s, Part II.”

Check out the dates here, and come out to see us.

Connections continues to be an incredible gift to all of us in the band. We’re grateful to be able to share great music, offer fun shows, and raise money for these incredible causes. We are profoundly grateful to the thousands of people who, simply by coming to see our shows and enjoying some music, make a difference in the world.

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Eric Folkerth is a minister, musician, author and blogger. He has been Senior Pastor of Northaven United Methodist Church in Dallas, Texas since 2001. During his tenure, church membership has grown almost 30 percent, and a completely new church facility (sanctuary and education building) has been constructed. Northaven is a leading progressive Christian congregation in the Southwest. Northaven is an eclectic collection of gay and straight families, artists, musicians, theater folks, academic theologians, lawyers and judges (go figure), socially conscious community activists, people who don't "check their brain at the door," and a wide array of others who either see it as their "last chance" inside the "institutional church," or their first trip back in decades. Eric is an avid blogger and published author.  Eric is also an award-winning singer-songwriter, who performs throughout Texas and the Southwest. He's an engaging live performer whose first CD was released in 2000. His songs have won honorable mention in both the Billboard and Great American song contests; and he's been a finalist in the 5th Street Festival and South Florida Folk Festival songwriter competitions. Eric is also a leader of Connections, a unique band comprised of United Methodist clergy and layfolk from throughout North Texas. Connections performs "cover shows" of artists like Dan Fogelberg, Chicago, Eagles, Doobie Brothers, Billy Joel, Stevie Wonder, James Taylor and others. Their shows draw crowds of between 300 and 1,000 fans, and they have raised more than $240,000 dollars for worthy charities. Eric has led or co-led hundreds of persons on mission trips around the globe, to places such as Mexico, Haiti, Russia, and Nepal. He has worked with lay persons to build ten homes, and one Community Center, in partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Dallas. He's a popular preacher, and often tackles challenging issues of social justice in his writings and sermons. His wife, Judge Dennise Garcia, is a State District Judge for Dallas, County. As judge of the 303rd Family District Court, she consistently gets high ratings from area lawyers, and was named "best judge" by The Dallas Observer. First elected in 2004, she was the first Latina ever elected to a county-wide bench in Dallas County. She was re-elected for a third term in 2010. They have the world's best daughter, Maria, and an incredible dog, Daisy. (As always, if you like this post, then "like" this on Facebook by clicking the box below, so others can see too...)

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