You got it Buzz. 36 of 50 spoken for now.
In any case, it's still not too late to throw your hat in the ring to get an assembled device. $20 for 1, $15 for each additional. Or 5 kits for $50 and solder them yourself.
Why the heck did this project need $7,200 to start? The kit isn't even cheaper than what it would take to procure the PCB and parts myself.