Courtesy Kaveh Kardan
When groups needed to raise money back in the day, it often took quite a bit of organization and old-fashioned hard work. Think chili tickets. Huli huli chicken. Benefit shows.
In 2011? All you have to do is set up a website — and promote it — and the donations should start rolling in.
That's what Honolulu burlesque troupe Cherry Blossom Cabaret is hoping their legions of fans and supporters will do over the next six weeks as they prepare for their latest stage production, "VarieTease: Carnal Carnival - Cirque du Soul." They've signed up with Internet fundraising site Kickstarter.com in an "all-or-nothing" effort to raise $3,500 by March 15.
"Every year for 'VarieTease' … we would normally throw several fundraisers," explained CBC spokeswoman Miss Catwings. "The girls would perform, and all the money goes to the show. This year, we decided to try Kickstarter because we saw a few artists in Honolulu do it and actually make the money they needed."