Go Ahead. Be Awesome.

First off, our Awesome brethren at Calgary is Awesome wrote this wonderful piece about us this week. People sometimes confuse one for the other, but that’s totally okay as Irene Seto says, we’re both awesome.

Next, if you’re in the Calgary area today (Saturday, April 7), make sure you pick up a print copy of the Calgary Herald. Awesome Foundation – Calgary is the Herald’s BIG Saturday Story, with content you’ll only find exclusively in Saturday’s print edition of the Herald!

Now, here at Awesome Calgary, April is a milestone month for us.

Why, you may ask? It’s because this month will be our one-year anniversary of awarding our very first $1,000 micro-grant!

Speaking as a Trustee and looking back, it’s kind of snuck up on us. We’ve been so busy with bootstrapping our chapter of the Awesome Foundation that no one here realized until it was pointed out by someone else that we have collectively given away $12,000 to date to help enable just a fraction of the awesomeness that’s happened around town. And in this past year, it’s been amazing and humbling to see how Calgarians have embraced the concept, and how some have even chosen to step up themselves, offering the ideas we can’t support financially ourselves with time, expertise, promotion, or even just words of encouragement after seeing the idea pitched on Pitch Night or posted on the website.

As there have been a few bumps along the way in Year One as we’ve tried to see what works and what doesn’t, Year Two for us is all about growth, exposure and outreach as we’re striving to make greater efforts to try to expose and promote as much of the awesomeness that we get in our Inboxes every month in the hope that even more Calgarians will step up and support many of the grassroots projects that we see, especially if we can’t support them ourselves.

So with that in mind, we here at AF-Calgary invite you to attend our ONE-YEAR ANNIVERSARY AWESOME EXTRAVAGANZA (a.k.a. April’s Thousand Dollar Thursday) being held where it all began one year ago, the Endeavor Arts & Event Space. We’ll have some very special guests joining us that night, some special announcements to make, and hopefully a few more surprises in store, including a way that you can help contribute to some of the awesomeness of the night if you want to (Hint: Ever wanted to be a Trustee for a Night?). If you want to learn more, well, you’re just going to have to show up and find out!

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And yes, we’re still accepting submissions for the April 2012 prize, but the deadline is coming up fast! If you have an Awesome Idea that you’d like to submit to AF-Calgary for consideration, fill out this handy-dandy web form! The deadline for submissions for the April AF-Calgary prize is Tuesday, April 10 at 11:59 p.m.

Thank you so much for all of the support you’ve shown us over the past year, and we hope you can join us on April 26 to support some awesome ideas and help us celebrate an awesome first year!