Community backs Chronicle in first fundraiser

Sad Llama performs during the Chronicle fundraising 
campaign launch party. Music was also provided by 
Matt Bailey, Dorothy and the Tin Men and Thing 3. 

(Photo by Sandy Armenteros/Homewood 365)

It took only 24 hours for the Homewood-Flossmoor Chronicle to raise more than half the money it will need for a print edition and other projects.

“We’ve always had great response from readers in the community,” said Eric Crump, who launched the Chronicle in June 2014. “It’s great to see so many people want to support us financially as well.”

The Chronicle leadership 
includes, from left, Marilyn 
Thomas, Patty Houlihan, Tom 
Houlihan, Quincy Crump and 
Eric Crump.
(Photo by Sandy 
Armenteros/Homewood 365)

The Chronicle, which set a goal of $3,500, raised more than $1,000 hours after it launched a fundraising campaign on Indiegogo.com on Saturday. At a community open house Sunday at Grape & Grain in Homewood, more than 100 supporters turned out to meet the editors and donate money as well.

Among them was Homewood resident Barry Lathan.

“I love Homewood, and I support any endeavor, especially when it supports this community, and that’s what the Chronicle does,” he said. “I’m looking forward to the expansion of it.”

Plans call for a print edition with community support.

Chronicle advisers Kate Duff, 
second from left, and Steve 
Buchtel, second from right, 
talk with community members 
who attended the party to 
support the community's 
newest newspaper.
(Photo by 
Sandy Armenteros/Homewood 
365)

“We’re going to reach out to local business owners soon so they can be part of this project,” Crump said. “It’s great to see so many people who want to be involved with the Chronicle. All we need is a little more funding and we’ll be able to put out a print edition for the holiday season. That’s the first on our list of projects.”

Crump urged readers to share the news on Facebook as well as face to face with everyone they know in the Homewood-Flossmoor community.

At Grape & Grain, Crump was joined by Chronicle partners Marilyn Thomas and Tom Houlihan in making a pitch for support.

"We've got great ideas what to do next,” Thomas said. “We're anticipating success because the community is behind us."

Many donors at Sunday’s event made a $50 contribution. “A donation of any size would really help,” he said.

“People talk about freedom of the press, but what happens when there is no press?” Houlihan asked. “That’s what happened in this community for a long time. But now the Chronicle is here, and it’s important that we have your support.”

The campaign's goal was set to cover business expenses and the cost of the first print edition. Any money raised in excess of the goal will help with the printing costs of regular editions to follow.

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A great community deserves a great newspaper. The HF Chronicle was created in June 2014 as an online publication. In December 2015 we began monthly print publication, too. Our mission is to chronicle the life of our community — news by, for, and about the people of Homewood and Flossmoor, Illinois.

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