First we had the joys of getting funds to process and become available. Also of note, gofundme.com took a cut of our money, leaving us with &1,822.00 for spaghetti.
Then we had the joys of talking with our first manufacturer. Best prices around are what drove us to them, and then horrible cost drove us away. (They wanted to charge us $600.00 for delivery, plus, in the event the CW refused shipment, an additional $600.00 + 20%)
We didn’t want to take that chance and blow 2/3 of our money on shipping alone.
So then we thought, what if we got some cosplayers, who are looking for more media attention and coverage, to work with us and pick up and deliver the pasta themselves, while dressed as Atrians! Great idea, right?
Well, no response from the cosplayers has left us more than a little bummed, so we’ve moved on to plan C.
Our very own @KellisKupcakes had a conversation with a publicist during her recent adventures in Los Angeles. This publicist recommended sending the spaghetti directly to a soup kitchen/meals on wheels establishment. Get pictures and video footage there, and then get that to the CW’s publicist.
Benefits here are twofold.
1. We don’t anger the CW executives, and still get to make our point.
2. We ultimately wanted the spaghetti to go to charity, and now we will be guaranteed of that.
So what is being done? I’m glad you asked, because that is our current adventure (and we hope to have it resolved fast).
I, myself contacted Meals on Wheels in Los Angeles, California this morning, and was directed to speak with Sister Mary Alice, who handles all donations. She was out of the office, so I am waiting for a call back.
I have also contacted three different spaghetti manufacturers in the Burbank area. Of course no management was available when I called, and I have thus far, received calls back from two. One manufacturer is willing to sell fresh, frozen pasta to us for $1.00 per pound, and as they do not have their own delivery trucks, will arrange for one, with an approximate fee of $250.00.
The other manufacturer I heard from sells spaghetti in 10 pound cases, each for $22.50. That’s more than $2.00 per pound. I’ve crossed them off the list.
Hopefully now you understand why this process is taking longer than previously anticipated. We really wanted to have all of this resolved and spaghetti sent before now, but unfortunately things don’t always go as we want.
Come back to StarCrossedStarGazers.weebly.com for further updates.