Crowdsourcing May Save Blue Angels

Crowdtilt drive hopes to raise $650,000 by June 12 to save the Angels.

By Chris Roberts
|  Thursday, May 16, 2013  |  Updated 5:02 PM PDT
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Can a crowdsourcing campaign raise $650,000 to save the Blue Angels by June 12?

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Where sequestration has failed us, a new Blue Angels savior may appear.

Crowdsourcing.

A San Francisco startup is betting that a Crowdtilt fundraiser can save Fleet Week's most-important event: the Blue Angels airshow, according to the San Francisco Examiner.

The airshow was canceled earlier this year, a victim of the automatic budget cuts under sequestration, the newspaper reported. Altogether, about 60 shows were canceled by the U.S. Navy.

If the crowd can collect about $650,000, the Angels may be saved.

Marc McCabe, a local resident, says that the idea came from his experience using crowdsourcing to "collect money for a party bus."

The $650,000 needs to be raised by June 12. So far, $5,000 is in hand.

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