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The Hero of Thrive

Jun. 3, 2017 - 7:00AM

We’ve spent a lot of time in Thrive talking about ourselves. Our ambition. Our dreams. Our method. But we’re not the heroes of this story. Thirty-six months ago our unsuspecting protagonist had never heard of Thrive, had never set a ...

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The First Day of the Rest of Our Thrives

Jun. 1, 2017 - 12:15PM

This is it. After 1,096 days (there was a leap year in there) of dreaming, friend-making, and storytelling, Thrive: The Complete Campaign is done. (Remember that Thrive, as our high-trust-high-impact fundraising brand, will continue.) So ...

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The Backyard Club: What's the Password?

May. 18, 2017 - 2:00PM

The 2,400 square feet of grass that sit behind my house aren’t much to speak of. If you stepped out my back door this afternoon, you’d find a weather-worn shed, some cracked pavement, a leaky faucet, and more than a weed or two. It’...

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Completing the "Complete" Campaign

May. 3, 2017 - 11:00AM

28 Days “May 2017” has long seemed like some fanciful date in the distant future. But here we are, just 28 days from Thrive's three-year mark and our target deadline for completing our unique little campaign. So what's our ...

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1,299 Days to the Perfect Brew

Apr. 10, 2017 - 2:45PM in The Brew

1,299 days. That’s how long it’s been since the morning I opened my email to a vision document from President deSteiguer. A document that outlined the first ideas for Thrive. A document bearing one big, boldly caffeinated dream that ...

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Awesomeness Brewing

Feb. 17, 2017 - 2:45PM in The Brew

I just came back from a quick walk through the Mabee Learning Center (MLC), future home of The Brew, and I have to tell you I'm pumped! We've finally crossed the threshold from demolition to creation, and it's looking more like a coffee shop all the ...

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About the Author

Will Blanchard Will Blanchard ('07) serves as OC's Director of Advancement Operations and assists President John deSteiguer and Vice President Kent Allen as manager of the Thrive Campaign. Passionate about the Kingdom, the Eagles, and "living life to eleven," Will serves as a manager and copywriter on many Advancement efforts, including the OC Callout and Homeward. He and his wife, Amy ('09), and their lil' Eagles, Penny and Lincoln, live to play in Edmond. You can reach Will (and he'd consider it a pleasure) at will.blanchard@oc.edu or 405.425.5115.