HOSTING AN INDY HOUSE PARTY
By Nancy Romer
On October 15 we celebrated The Indypendent’s 15th anniversary with a benefit house party at my place. Over 60 people came, ate, drank, talked like crazy and had fun. We all contributed money, some a little bit and some a lot, but all of us came away feeling proud to be in solidarity with this band of dedicated journalists who tell the truth and get it out in accessible ways.
The best part of hosting an Indy fundraising party is the joy of having your friends and friends of the Indy hang out in your house, chat up a storm and be a community of lefty activists. I love the buzz of intense conversation and laughter that ring out at an Indy house party. I love the fact that we are all pulling together to keep a great paper alive and well. I love the fact that we can do this together.
What does it take to host such a party? Clean up the house. Go shopping. Cook and set up. Lots of busyness all for a good cause. Folks from the Indy will pitch in as needed. I’m used to hosting large parties at my house but smaller, more intimate gatherings of 15-25 people can be just as fun and meaningful and still give a nice boost to the Indy as well. Whatever you are comfortable with.
I’m not shy about asking my friends to support a good cause. It gives them a chance to get to know the people in the struggle, join a community of good people and do the right thing. Besides, we need to support our media because the rich folks won't. They are busy supporting the corporate media.
Our wonderful host, Nancy Romer. Photo: Shell Sheddy
If you are thinking about how you can make a contribution to the Indy, here are some suggestions:
- Make out a check and/or become a monthly sustainer at indypendent.org/donate — always a good idea.
- Organize an Indy house party at your place or a friend's.
- Gather friends from your neighborhood, college, organizations, workplace, etc. — any place where progressive thinkers and doers exist in your life.
- Get your house ready for a feast and lots to drink — or use a caterer if you prefer.
- Enjoy! When it’s over, lean back and know that your work is well-rewarded with the ongoing survival and thriving of a great newspaper.
Interested in hosting a house party on behalf of The Indypendent as we celebrate our 15th anniversary year? Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 212-904-1282.
Abby Scher, founding director of the Independent Press Association-New York, urges partygoers to give generously to the Indy. Photo: Ozier Muhammad
Author Michael Gould-Wartofsky. Photo: Ozier Muhammad
The Indy’s Nicholas Powers and Donald Paneth share a laugh. Photo: Shell Sheddy
Indypendent Managing Editor Alina Mogilyanskaya and Executive Editor John Tarleton. Photo: Shell Sheddy
Brooklyn College journalism professor Ronald Howell. Photo: Ozier Muhammad
The Indy’s Claire Arkin and Mikael Tarkela. By Shell Sheddy