In February 2010, a day after the Texas Union announced plans to close the Cactus Cafe, I started a Facebook Group called “Save The Cactus Cafe (Austin, TX).” That group’s membership soon grew to 25,000. A separate Facebook “Fan Page” now has 9,000 followers. And in the seven months since that announcement, thousands more have committed their time, money, and have written to UT administrators in support of saving the Cactus Cafe.
Friends of Cactus Cafe Announces Pledge Drive Success
In one week, effort garners pledges of over $32,000 for first year and commitments for $98,000 over the next five years.
Austin, Texas, May 19, 2010 – Friends of the Cactus Cafe (FOTCC) today announced the results of the first week of its pledge drive to garner support for its business plan to preserve the fundamental character of the legendary venue by building on its current self-operating model, while adding programs for and programming by students. The announcement comes as UT Vice-president for Student Affairs, Juan González, is about to make a recommendation regarding the future of the music venue later today.
We want to let you know about the great success we have had to date for our pledge drive to support both the Cactus Cafe and the plan that will save it in a manner that preserves its fundamental character.
Jack O’Neill and Cary Pierce (Jackopierce) show their support for the Cactus Cafe in this video. You don’t pay anything now by pledging your support now: your pledge is only payable if and when UT supports a Cactus that is operated in a manner consistent with the “Guiding Concepts.” Please pledge now at http://fotcc.org/pledge .
We expect the UT administration to make their decision very soon on the future of the Cactus Cafe. As you may know, we have proposed a business model and plan for the Cactus that preserves its fundamental character while greatly expanding opportunities for students — one that builds on the current operating model with current management.
You can show your support for this plan and for the Cactus Cafe by making a pledge now, but you need to hurry because time is running out.