Fundraising update: it’s no party

The worst days of fundraising, for me, aren’t the days when little to nothing comes in; they’re the days when money has to go out in order to prepare for the trip.

Today I had to make a big Amazon order, in no small part to purchase medications, laptop accessories for the Zoom calls we’re going to be doing in TC; I went out to get my dry cleaning picked up, plain old have my hair cut, fix my watch, and I began the process of stocking up on groceries and stuff to afford me the opportunity to camp out in my hotel room and keep costs to a bare minimum while I’m in Traverse City.

The long story long is that we’re now approximately $300 short of the halfway mark, hotel-wise, and I still need to raise about $100 to get up the road to Traverse City.

I’m trying damn hard to remind myself that this is an expensive trip (which it is), so the outlay of cash is just part of the process of getting up there, and I’m trying to be as penny-wise as possible in terms of supplies and groceries, but we are where we are–near the halfway point of the fundraiser…

And, as my therapist pointed out a couple of days ago, the one thing I’m not doing is actually “getting paid” for doing my work over the next two-and-a-half weeks. Everything I’m raising goes to expenses, and I try to break even…

Hell, I’m even skipping my cousin Dan’s 40th Birthday Party today because I don’t want to accidentally be exposed to COVID on accident because I’ve committed the next two-and-a-half weeks to you, and I simply cannot take the risk of jeopardizing my trip for the sake of socializing with a family I have barely seen for a year-and-a-half.

Those are the stakes, and I signed up for this, so I have to be careful.

Anyway, we’re still raising funds, so:

If you’re willing to lend a hand, you can use Paypal at, Venmo at, Giftly by using my email,, at, and yes, you can contact me via email if you want to send me a paper check.

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George Malik

My name is George Malik, and I'm the Malik Report's editor/blogger/poster. I have been blogging about the Red Wings since 2006, when MLive hired me to work their SlapShots blog, and I joined Kukla's Korner in 2011 as The Malik Report. I'm starting The Malik Report as a stand-alone site, hoping that having my readers fund the website is indeed the way to go to build a better community and create better content.