Monday, December 1, 2008

“Silent” Charity Auction --

Updated 3/2017 -- all links (except to my own posts) removed as many no longer active and it was easier than checking each one.

Today’s the day that starts the bidding!  Be generous, it’s for a good cause.
That charity is  Childhood Brain Tumor Foundation - MD.  If you would like to simply donate to the charity rather than make a bid you can do so here. 
For the entire story (and more photos), see the previous posts here and here and here
The item being auctioned is this wall hanging quilt. It is a Lobster Hawaiian Appliqué.  It is 41 in X 41 in.  It is machine appliqued and machine quilted.  There is hand embroidery around the appliqued edges. 

Here are the rules for this silent on-line auction:
  • I have set up an e-mail account for the sole purpose of this auction.  It is lobsterquilt(AT)gmail(DOT)com
  • If you wish to make a bid, email me at the above address with “auction” in the subject line.  Include your name, the amount of the bid, and a working email address.  I will e-mail you back that the bid was received and give you an identifier number.  This will be how I “track” each bidder and their subsequent bids.
  • The bidding will start at $200.  The minimal increment will be $10 for subsequent bids, though I would love to see the increments increase by $25 or more.
  • Several times a day, during my awake hours and as work permits, I will tweet and post the current bid and time it was received.  The bidder’s name will not be posted, but the bidder’s identifier number will be.
  • So you can check my tweets or check back here to see how the bid is going.  Take note:  I will mainly use twitter for the updates!
  • If you have sent a bid to me that was higher than the one posted, please, be aware of the time received (it will be CST) and either recheck later or e-mail me again.  We all know that sometimes e-mails are lost.
  • The auction will last two weeks.  Bidding starts Monday December 1st at 6 am (CST) and closes on  Monday December 15th at noon (CST).   I will notify the winner by e-mail shortly thereafter. 
  • The winning bidder will be required to make a donation here at First Giving in the amount of the bid (or higher) and asked to leave a comment “I won the lobster quilt!”  They will then need to forward a copy of their receipt so that I can match the name/e-mail address to the winning bid.  This will need to be done within 48 hrs (or by December 17, 5 pm)
  • Once the donation is confirmed, then arrangements will be made with the winning bidder on shipping.  Shipping costs and any insurance will be the winner bidders responsibility.  Options will be US Postal, Fed Ex, or UPS.
So let the bidding begin!


Anonymous said...

What a great idea! :)

Dragonfly said...

What a fantastic idea! Sorry I cannot afford to bid myself, but I shall definitely plug it.

Vijay said...

I can't afford it either. The starting bid is worth two abdominal CT scans in my department.
The least I can do is plug the auction on my blog.

rlbates said...

Thank you all!

Cathy said...

Dr. Bates, I will later this afternoon put up a blog post to plug this great idea.

rlbates said...

Thanks, Cathy!

mark's tails said...

Great Idea! Another beautiful quilt. I posted a plug for you.

rlbates said...

Thanks Mark.

jmb said...

Thanks for the heads-up Ramona, this is a lovely idea but a bit rich for me too. I did make a donation at Zippy however.

It is a truly wonderful quilt and the winner will be most fortunate. Good luck.

rlbates said...

Thanks, JMB! All donations are greatly appreciated.

purplesque said...

An absolutely stunning quilt and a great idea! Good luck with the auction.

Anonymous said...

What an incredible quilt and what a creative idea! You are so smart to use your talents in this way- it has got me thinking of similar projects I could do.

Bianca Castafiore? said...

Another plug posted. It's a beautiful quilt and a great cause.

Unknown said...

Gorgeous quilt and a very worthy cause, glad you and Rob are in cahoots!