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Thank You for Sending Me to the Conj!

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Today, Chas Emerick held a fund raiser trying to raise 1 thousand dollars to fund a trip from Alabama to Durham NC for the first ever Clojure Conj conference. In the space of 72 minutes, we reached (and slightly exceeded) our goal of $1,000 dollars. I can’t even begin to describe how I feel right now. I feel like I am a member of the most awesome community for any programming language. I owe the Clojure community more than I could ever repay. I cannot thank you guys enough for this. This means more to me than any gift I’ve ever received. I’d like to thank Relevance for so willingly agreeing to waive the admission fee to the conference itself, and for agreeing to pay for a relative and I’s stay at the hotel. Without their support, this trip would not be possible. I’d also like to thank Chas Emerick (cemerick), because he is the person who made all of this happen. He took an interest in a random small-town teenager when he didn’t have any obligation to. He’s the one who spoke to the guys at Relevance, and the one who came up with the idea of a fund raiser and made all of this happen. I might have to start calling you dad. Most of all, I’d like to thank the Clojure community and everybody who donated. Some people who don’t even use Clojure donated totally out of the kindness of their hearts, and for that, I thank you. I think it says a lot of the Clojure community that, in the space of 72 minutes, they can manage to raise 1 thousand dollars for somebody they don’t even know. You’ve all given me a gift that extends far beyond trip itself. You’ve let me know that you guys are there for me, and that you do value me as a member of the community. I will never be able to thank you enough. -Anthony Simpson