By Scott Tower Maloney
“Be true to the Trust I repose in you and remember Me wholeheartedly.”
This is a follow up to my recent email about the Meher Archive Collective (MAC)
Many years ago, I was grateful for the opportunity to work in the free clinic at Meherazad. The experience of working alongside Dr Goher, doing what felt like Baba’s work, was pivotal for me. I was inspired by Goher’s example of giving all her efforts to Baba and leaving the results to Him. Fast forward to today and I find I resonate deeply with the vision of MAC; I am grateful for another opportunity to be of service to Baba, and to contribute both time and financial resources.
For those of you unfamiliar with MAC and the work it has already done, please visit the website.
Our Motto is simple: RESCUE – PRESERVE – SHARE
In my last email, I mentioned that MAC had identified a site for the archive and I am excited to share more details with you here.
RED OAK SCHOOL PROPERTY: The site was originally known as the Red Oak School in Weaverville, NC. It was designed in 1928 by the architect Ronald Greene, who also designed the iconic Jackson Building and Stephens Lee High School in downtown Asheville. It is sited on six flat acres on a hilltop and provides space that is well suited for both the immediate and long-term needs of a permanent archive.
This site provides all that we are looking for and more, including:
Benefits to World-Wide Baba Community
The Red Oak School would give visitors a facility for the following purposes:
Peter Nordeen and Ty Provosty have scrutinized the building, and both are enthusiastic about its quality and value. For a more complete assessment of the property and its suitability for a permanent archive space, please see both Peter and Ty’s extensive comments and analysis on our website (Ty’s report contains a summary on the last three pages).
MISSION OF MEHER ARCHIVE COLLECTIVE: To collect, preserve, and share Meher Baba’s Divine legacy of materials, artifacts, and words with integrity, love, and transparency for the benefit of humanity.
If you feel inspired, as I do, by this mission and its realization, here is how you can become involved:
The purchase price of this property is $725,000, and it requires $475,000 for needed improvements.This work would make the entire building usable and enable our model of a sustainable archive to flourish.
In order to move ahead with this project, we need to raise sufficient funds, or pledges, by July 10th, 2018. Our offer on this property is a cash–on-closing commitment, with a closing in early August. We realize this is a short time-frame, but it is what Baba has given us, and we know that if this is something that He wants to happen, it will. We are delighted to announce that before officially launching our fundraising, we have already received pledges from two donors totaling $150,000. This represents one eighth of our total goal!
Here is a just one of numerous scenarios that will enable us to reach this goal:
5 contributions of $100,000 500,000 1 pre-committed $100,000
5 contributions of $50,000 250,000 1 pre-committed $50,000
20 contributions of $10,000 200,000
20 contributions of $5,000 100,000
25 contributions of $2,500 50,000
30 contributions of $1,000 30,000
50 contributions of $500 25,000
100 contributions of $250 25,000
200 contributions of $100 20 ,000
Total funds needed $1,200,000 Total pre-committed $150,000
We invite you to join us in this important project by participating to the greatest extent you are able. The time is now and the need is urgent. It is our goal for as many people to participate as possible, and all levels of support are welcome.
If you would like to receive more information, or to discuss the details of your support, please contact Jean Brunet Ludwig directly: firstname.lastname@example.org (828) 412-3454
Contributions and pledges can be made via our website (Scroll to bottom of this page here), or by personal check (preferred for larger donations), mailed to:
Meher Archive Collective, P.O. Box 18908, Asheville, NC 28814.
As a 501(c)3 organization, all contributions to MAC are tax-deductible.
By Baba’s Will, this endeavor will outlive us, our children, and our grandchildren. We are at a crucial moment in the preservation of material connected to Baba and His Advent, and this archive can play a role in humanity maintaining access to the Avatar as Meher Baba. If it is His wish to establish a permanent archive on this site, He will turn the key; we are placing that outcome in His hands.
This is an opportunity for each of us to contribute to His ongoing Legacy.
We invite all Baba lovers to consider this opportunity.
In His love and service,
Meher Archive Collective
Board of Directors
Hugh Huntington - email@example.com
Renee Busanich - firstname.lastname@example.org
Ken Blackman - email@example.com
Jean Brunet Ludwig - firstname.lastname@example.org
Scott Tower Maloney - email@example.com
Eruch Adams - firstname.lastname@example.org
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