Distribution Pays Off for the Lullaby for Columbine Project
more than twice as much time had passed as originally planned for LFC's
national distribution campaign through Musicland Corporation's nine-hundred
plus music outlets,
the financial news turned out to be better than expected when the final
numbers came out in May from their headquarters in Minnetonka, Minnesota.
Although only about 5,500 out of the 30,000 units of product were sold,
LFC still netted over $52,000, a figure substantially greater than previously
Although Musicland was not able to sell as much inventory as originally
expected, LFC's board of directors remains pleased to have had the opportunity
to work with the great people at Musicland who went way beyond the call
to help sell as many CDs as possible across the country.
Considering also that LFC has zero debt and nearly a quarter of a million
dollars remaining in its inventory, LFC's current financial status is
quite favorable considering how challenging it is to start a nonprofit
organization and keep it going through the first most difficult years.
Although our plan was to have all fundraising and disbursements completed
within two years, we are in a healthy position to remain functional
for as long as necessary until at least all product has been profitably
liquidated. While LFC is behind on its self-imposed timetable for fundraising
as many of the initial opportunities to serve the Columbine community
no longer exist or have evolved, other opportunities to meet their needs
continue to surface. As we review where we can make the most meaningful
impact at this juncture and in the future, we will begin planning disbursements
to the Columbine community and provide continual updates on our progress
in this area through LFCNews Online.
On an important sidebar, LFC received the remaining CD inventory from
Musicland early this summer. Initially, we had great concerns over what
would be the best alternative for future storage and distribution in
Denver. But shortly before any LFC inventory was sent out from Musicland's
facility in Franklin, Indiana, Doug Sampson of Acme Distribution, a
major logistics firm that provides warehousing and distribution for
major chain retailers, generously offered to lend their facilities and
distribution support to LFC. We look forward to working with Doug and
the great folks at Acme in serving the Columbine community in new and
creative ways with our remaining CDs and are greatly appreciative for
their role in helping us carry out our mission.
Note: We wish to also note that Bob Theisen of the Musicland
Corporation, who caught the LFC vision back in 1999 and played a key
role in making all of the local and national distribution possible for
LFC, experienced a stroke in late spring of this year. We continue to
wish Bob well and that he makes a full recovery. Our prayers are with
him and his family and we thank him for having faith in our project
and becoming part of the LFC team.
We also wish to thank Dieter Wilkenson who followed up on our account
with Musicland and all of their other wonderful people like Tracie Dixon,
Jennifer Janssen, Chris Thorn, Amy Walters, Patsy Runksheier, Dawn Walberg,
Pat Sandin, and Dick Odette who did so much for us to help us in our
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