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Lunch With The Mayor

April 7, 2011 1:41 PM

Lots of nonprofits in Madison have fundraisers with silent auctions and I'm often asked to donate "Lunch With The Mayor." It has always amazed me that anyone bids on these things, but they do. Only now there's a problem.

I've enjoyed these lunches because I get a chance to meet people who are, pretty much by definition, committed to at least one good cause in the community. And, while there's sometimes the occasionally awkward silence over the soup, they usually have interesting stories to tell. But here's the problem. There are several of these mayoral lunches that were bid on before Tuesday. People will be paying perfectly good money to have lunch with a former mayor. Doesn't seem fair.

This was driven home by a guy who called the office on Wednesday, hours after my defeat, to cancel lunch on Friday. When he was asked about rescheduling he said he'd rather not. Now, that's brutal.

So, if you have a Lunch With The Mayor pending I'd like to offer three options short of just tearing up the certificate: First, you could get it done before April 19th in which case it will still be technically "lunch with the mayor" as I won't become former until after lunch on that date. Second, you could go back to the nonprofit and ask for a discount to have lunch with a former mayor. But that would detract from your generosity for a good cause, so I would hope you wouldn't do that. Third, you could reschedule with Mayor Soglin. He actually has much more interesting stories as you can probably imagine.

And for all of those Lunch With The Mayor survivors out there who suffered through an hour with me for a good cause thanks for supporting that cause and for putting up with my tendency to slurp my soup.



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