We were really honored to read this beautiful letter from the folks at RAYGUN, a great local business and longtime supporter of our work and the work of many other community organizations. Here’s a sample:

80/35 has defied all odds. It has succeeded, it has grown, it has been rained on (twice!), but it has done so while remaining a Des Moines-run event. It is one of the largest volunteer-run festivals in the country. The ticketing company is local (Midwestix), the booking is local, the design is local (Saturday Manufacturing), the t-shirt printing is local (8/7 Central), the poster printing is local, many of the vendors are local, many of the bands are local, and it is set up in downtown Des Moines but with minimal impact on neighboring businesses. ”

Read the full letter here.