New England Championship Wrestling has launched a membership/donation campaign called STEP UP 2013 to help the company “step up” its live event & video production, as well as other operations in the new year.

From NECW Promoter, Sheldon Goldberg:

A lot of what NECW does as a company is delivered to our fans, not just locally, but around the world for free. Over the 12 years that we’ve been around, we’ve produced over 200 live events and well over 1,000 of hours of content, much of which is distributed via the Internet without charge. Obviously, that content is not free for us to produce. In addition, we do a number of fundraising events in the course of a year and we pretty much keep our prices well below other forms of live entertainment, making them affordable in particular to families.

2011 and 2012 have been good years for NECW. “Most of our live events draw very respectable houses in small suburban venues and we’ve adapted ourselves to the realities of promoting live events in this economic climate very well.  But what we would really like to do is take ourselves up a few notches and improve on the quality of our live event presentation and our video productions.  We don’t want to do less or charge more. We want to do more and create more, but when you run in small venues, the cash flow available to invest in improvements is going to be very slow to earn. I believe this is a particularly good time to build on the good things and the innovative things we’ve done throughout the years.

The idea for STEP UP 2013 came form a personal friend who has followed the company since its inception. He suggested that we have accumulated so many fans and friends around the world over the years, that they could be the answer for us I believe that our fans want to see us grow and live up to our potential. Because we’re already an ongoing business, programs like Kickstarter and Indie-Go-Go don’t really apply to us and I didn’t want to just look for funding without offering something in return.

With that in mind, STEP UP 2013 has several options. You can donate any amount you wish, no matter how large or small. If you donate $25 or more, you will be added to a the NECW STEP UP 2013 mailing list and will get special offers, gifts and discounts every month.  These will come in the form of a DEAL OF THE MONTH e-mail.  Each month you’ll receive and e-mail newsletter that contains a special deal only people on the list can access.  It may be a ticket discount one month, a merchandise discount the next month, an invitation only “meet & greet,” a free gift if you bring a print out of the e-mail, etc.  This is not the same as our regular e-mail list.

If you donate $100 or more, you become an NECW HIGH STEPPER. You will receive a four “Flex Tickets” which admit you into any event we produce in the coming year.  The exceptions are fundraisers and sold events, such as fairs.  For a donation of $500 or more, you receive two passes to EVERY NECW promoted event in 2013, plus all the other discounts and privileges as well.   If you live outside New England, and aren’t able to attend our events on a regular basis, 4 NECW DVD’s can be substituted for the Flex Tickets at the $100 level and a complete library of every NECW DVD can be substituted at the $500 level.

We hope that this campaign, which expires on December 31, 2013, will be a game changer for NECW. We hope you will help us STEP UP in 2013. You can donate by clicking the link below. Thank you for your support.