Sunday, December 2, 2012

“It’s a Wonderful Life’s” Old Man Potter makes donation to North Pole capital fundraising campaign

Potter, contemplating a gift for the Baileys

Henry F. Potter has become the first American to make a major donation to the North Pole capital fundraising campaign.  Potter, a respected banker from Bedford Falls, New York, made a cash donation of $8,000 to the North Pole is Melting campaign yesterday.

“I am so grateful to Old Man Potter for showing such philanthropic leadership. His offer to donate $8,000 to the campaign shows a level of generosity that most of us only aspire to. His whole town must be very proud of him,” said Santa Claus, CEO of the North Pole is Melting campaign.

The donation came about during a special celebration in Bedford Falls, which welcomed war hero Harry Bailey home from the war. Potter said he was moved by the self-sacrifice of all Bedford Falls’ soldiers, past and present.

“When Uncle Billy came into my bank going on and on about Harry Bailey and what he had done, I knew I had to act. This money was just lying around and I felt it would be better used elsewhere. So, I called the North Pole and sent them the money right away. My hands are clean and I know that George Bailey will soon be in jail. What a wonderful Christmas!” said Potter in a written statement deliver by his mute manservant.

The Christmas spirit had such a positive impact on Potter that he issued an immediate public challenge to all other financial institutions in Bedford Falls to match his donation.

“I’d like to see that Bailey Savings & Loan make an $8,000 donation, especially today! Eat that George Bailey. By the time you get home the Sheriff will be waiting for you. Ha, ha, ha. No more Baileys. No even a Zuzu petal! I think I’ll go over to Martini’s and get a drink!” he said.

The money will be used to buy presents for underprivileged “thrifty working class” families that rent homes in places like the Potter’s Fields development in Bedford Falls.

“What these families need are small, efficient Christmas presents that will allow them to spend more on rent and less on frivolities that make them a discontented, lazy rabble!” said Potter. “Someone once called me ‘a warped, frustrated old man’! Well, that person was  just a warped, frustrated young man.  A miserable little clerk... crawling in here on his hands and knees and begging for help. Now, I’m the richest man in town!”
Hey, how much did Potter give?

In a related story, George Bailey, CEO of the Savings & Loan, announced that he would match Potter’s donation.

“Well, I, I, I, got a whole lot of people together at my house to pay back the money we owed. We had a party. And even my darn fool brother flew up to Bedford Falls in a snowstorm to be here,” said Bailey. “My old friend Sam Wainwright also sent me a $25,000 line of credit. I owe it all to an angel named Clarence.”

“Now, who’s the richest man in Pottersville…I mean Bedford Falls! Eat that Potter!”

Savings & Loan CFO Uncle Billy said he was very pleased to be making the donation to the campaign.

“Hey, how much did Potter say he was giving to Santa?”