I was chatting with my friend about the exemplary performance of one of my favorite companies (and large stock holding), Apple. I mentioned if my other core holding had a similarly great announcement this afternoon, I was going to take a vacation.
When he asked where I would go, I popped out the “visit every baseball stadium in North America” trip.
We discussed a little stuff related to that for a bit when he suggested I use it as a method to garner charitable contributions for a worthy cause (similar to the walkathons and other travel-based charity events).
The idea appeals to me greatly. I have a number of charities I support, mostly due to personal exposure. My Mom died from cancer, my Grandpa passed from heart disease and my best friend has battled juvenile diabetes with her kids.
I am sobered, though, by my poor results marketing my books. It seems dubious I could be effective drumming up support for charitable contributions for someone else when I’ve not shown any capacity to grow interest for my personal gain.
A possible solution may present itself by trying to do something in conjunction with a corporate partner. Perhaps Subaru of America (the vehicle I will be traversing the thousands of miles within) or Major League Baseball might be interested in helping set up and publicizing my Baseball-a-thon charity.
I might not get to pick the charity in that case, but it would be a nice mitzvah in combination with my trip.
Since I’m doing the trip as a personal reward to me, I think it would be hypocritical for me to try to get my expenses covered, but adding a charity to my trip would make it even more fun and rewarding.