With the help of a local tech start-up, money has been raised for family barbeques, to save a toy store in Illinois and to replace the boat destroyed in the Boston bomber standoff. Now, a City resident is tapping a SoMa company hoping to bring the Blue Angels back to Fleet Week.
Earlier this spring, the U.S. Navy cancelled more than 60 Blue Angels shows, including the annual Fleet Week exhibition, because of federal sequester cuts. But if $650,000 is raised through a new Crowdtilt campaign, the fighter jets could be zooming through The City’s skies again this October.
“It’s obviously a lofty goal, but we’ve seen some pretty amazing stuff happen through Crowdtilt lately,” company spokesman Ajay Mehta said.
Mark McKabe, a local tech worker, who has used Crowdtilt to collect money for a party bus, recently hatched the idea of using the website for a Blue Angels fundraiser. It seemed like the easiest way to make something so big happen quickly.
Crowdtilt is a company that allows groups of people to pool money together for anything ranging from renting a vacation home to raising cash for a local charity.
The process is fairly simple: sign up for a Crowdtilt account online, enter your bank information, choose the amount of money you want to donate and if the campaign reaches its “tilt”, you get charged.
The “tilt” for the Blue Angels fundraiser is $650,000 by June 12, the estimated amount it costs the Navy to put on the Blue Angeles show during Fleet Week. Mehta said that Crowdtilt has reached out to the Navy to access the feasibility of bringing the Blue Angels back to The City if the campaign is successful.
So far, more than $5,000 has been raised in three days. “Great stuff can happen when people come together over Internet for a common cause,” Mehta said.