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1. Tomorrow in LA: Sue Nichols Fundraiser Auction

"Brave" co-director Brenda Chapman is organizing an auction to help artist and friend Sue Nichols.

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2. The Call of the Wild

Some things demand to be written about. For me, it’s orangutans. I first encountered them twenty years ago. I was holidaying on the island of Borneo and came across a sanctuary where young orphaned orangutans were being returned to the wild. The Sepilok Rehabilitation Centre is now a well-organised stop on the tourist trail, but at the […]

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3. Breaker, Breaker

The ONE series is about raising awareness and raising funds for charity. Along the way, we get a little emotional, but sometimes have some fun. The latest story has a little of both.

2013 Story Eight
The Trucker Angel
by Janet Beasley

This is where knowing the author in person becomes such a treat. Everything that Janet wrote in this story is as honest and sincere as she is in real life. Normally, the author's stories are flights of fancy and epic adventures. I jokingly say this is mature writing for her.

All kidding aside, this story is packed with emotion and faith. She speaks briefly about her mother's condition, but one can read its effect throughout the entire piece. This story is sentimental without being sobby and mystifying without being cheesy.

The big question for me is "Did she see what she says she saw?" The answer may simply be that we all see what we need to see at certain moments in our life. An element of confidence and security comes from our faith. We feel good knowing that a higher power is watching out for us. Ultimately, I feel that is the author's message and one worth sharing.

About the book: 100% of the author’s proceeds will be donated to Bridge to Ability Specialized Learning Center, a not-for-profit organization serving the educational and therapeutic needs of fragile children with severe physical and cognitive disabilities. www.BridgeToAbility.org. The authors, creator and publisher are in no other way affiliated with this organization.

Mark Miller’s One 2013 is a spiritual anthology examining True-Life experiences of Authors and their Faith. As the series evolves expect to discover what it means to have faith, no matter what that faith is and no matter where they live. Remember that we are all part of this One World.

In Story Eight, Janet Beasley tells of a supernatural experience that reaffirmed her faith. Before she was a best-selling author, she was a daughter. One of her simple pleasures has always been lunch with her mother. During one of these outings, Janet and her mother witnessed the unexplainable and believe it saved their lives.

About the author: Janet Beasley, best selling author of The Hidden Earth Series (a six novel series), is successfully carving her niche` in the inspirational epic fantasy genre for middle grades and YAs. Even the young at heart are enjoying the escape her writing style presents.

Her debut novel, Maycly the Trilogy, raised to the top 3 on the Amazon Religious Fantasy charts, and landed ahead of the Hunger Games on yet another. By appearing at local and out-of-state events, book signings, and speaking engagements, audiences are now perking up when they hear this author’s name…and it’s not just for her fantasy novels. Janet works with her sister and full time illustrator, Dar Bagby, to create more than just stories. Volume 1 Maycly the Trilogy expands by leaps and bounds with two companion books (a full color illustration book and a cook book), as well as an online memorabilia shop, and amazingly enough – gourmet dog treats.

Janet is multi-talented when it comes to her creativity. She excels in multi-media presentations, event planning, has developed a training center and its curriculum for AV technicians, and produced – directed – and served as a theater technician. She has written fiction - non-fiction – stage plays - and an autobiography. She has crafted award winning poetry, been published in anthologies, and trade specific magazines.

Janet enjoys the outdoors by kayaking and hiking with her husband, and photographing nature. She also loves animals (dogs are her favorite), spending time with her family, and baking cupcakes.

You can make a difference
by getting this story for
ONLY 99 Cents!

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4. Harley Riders Raise Money for Books to Kids

Who knew Harley riders and Harriet the Spy could go together?

On August 10 the second annual Children’s Literacy Motorcycle Run was held, sponsored by Chuck’s Harley Davidson, Coldwell Banker, and the Leathernecks Motorcycle Club, among others.  With the campaign slogan “Live to ride… Ride so children can read,” the event raised almost $2,000 for books to kids in Bloomington, IL.

Obviously these volunteers were born to be wild… and get books to kids!

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5. Hunger ‘For Books’ Games

The creative minds in Memphis took advantage of one of the most teen popular book collections to create a fundraising event so good we had to share it!

winners of the hunger for books games            First Book supporters in Memphis recently held a fundraiser at the Autozone Challenge Center, located within the Salvation Army Kroc Center, to help put new books in the hands of children in need.  Teams competed in a series of mental and physical challenges in theme of the ‘Hunger Games’ books.

            “This event challenged students intellectually and physically, and gave them a fun opportunity to give back to their community,” said Lolly Easley. “We chose the theme because the ‘Hunger Games’ trilogy is a favorite series for the younger generation. Teens celebrated their love of this series, while helping children in need and supporting literacy in Memphis.”

            The event raised $1205, enough money to purchase over 480 new books for Memphis area children who need them.

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6. Spring Into Art 2014

Here is the official press release for the upcoming event. (That guy, Mark Miller, sure talks a lot, sheesh...)

The Mount Dora event series Authors in the Park continues with its Second Annual “Spring into Art” festival, Saturday, March 29 at Long and Scott’s Farm in Mount Dora, FL., event chairman Mark Miller announced today. The Authors in the Park group celebrates literacy while promoting local and independent authors from Lake County, Central Florida and beyond. (www.authorsinthepark.com)

The event, scheduled from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., will be the first time the group has held an event at Long and Scott’s Farm at 26216 County Road 448A, Mount Dora, Miller said.

“We are extremely excited, not only to be at Long and Scott’s, but because this year’s event will feature both authors and artists,” Miller said. “Long and Scott’s is known for Zellwood Sweet Corn and their fall corn maze as well as being a great supporter of their community.” (www.longandscottfarms.com)

Spring into Art will feature over twenty authors and artists. A wide variety of books will be for sale in all genres and ages, as well as exclusive artwork. Some of the paintings are slated to be sold for charity.

In addition to great books and art, representatives for Team Jay will be on hand, Miller, an author himself, said. Team Jay is a project of the Lake County Firefighters Charity to benefit young Jay, the son of a firefighter currently battling Leukemia. (www.lakefirefightercharity.org)

The outdoor event is free to attend, Miller pointed out. Authors and artists alike will be available to discuss their writing, sign autographs and enjoy a day on the farm. Some author proceeds will be donated to Team Jay and other worthy organizations, he said. Scott’s Country Café will be open for lunch.

Visit www.Facebook.com/AuthorsInThePark for details on participating authors, artists and event updates. Join the FB event here: www.facebook.com/events/622986207772066

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7. Writers For the Red Cross

I have two (2) different auction items up at Writers for the Red Cross. These auction items will be up for only three more days, till 3/20/11. Please consider bidding.

ITEM ONE:  BASKET OF BOOKISH DELIGHTS!  I will be your personal book-shopper and personally choose at least a dozen awesome books for you (kids or YA) - based on your preferences, and what you've already read (in other words, we'll communicate and you can let me know if you already have something so you aren't getting doubles). Items may include rare ARCs, brand-new hardbacks, or even cool foreign editions, audio books and other surprises. Prepare to be DELIGHTED AND ENTHRALLED. 

ITEM TWO: QUERY & PAGES CRITIQUE! I will read, evaluate and give you feedback on the query and first 10 pages of your YA or MG novel.  If the bidding goes over $500, I will critique 50 pages. If the bidding goes over $1000, I will critique the full manuscript.

There are loads of other awesome prizes up on the site too - let's raise some money, people!

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8. Campaign fund-raising and the pre-primaries for elections 2012

By Elvin Lim

Something of a myth of American democracy is that decisions are made in the ballot box by voters on election day. Actually, these outcomes are structured by fundraising efforts by would-be candidates years in advance.

Aspirants to the GOP presidential nomination, now entering the crucial second quarter before election year and on the eve of their formal declarations of candidacies, are now racing for credibility by racing for cash. And those without name recognition, in particular, have to rake in as much as they can before June 30 and the slower summer months begin, so that their second quarter federal disclosure reports do not look so pitiful that their campaigns would end before they even began.

President Barack Obama, for his part, appears on top of his own game. Having quickly declared his candidacy, his campaign manager Jim Messina has already mapped out a plan of getting 400 major donors to raise $350,000 each by the end of the year. By forcing the campaign finance issue so early and so soon on GOP hopefuls, he is already shaping the GOP primary outcome. Even more so than in the typical cycle, Republican primary voters will face pressure to forego a candidate of purer conservative principle with less fund-raising potential such as Rick Santorum in favor of a candidate with more fund-raising potential (or the name-recognition to achieve to same) such as Mitt Romney. Obama’s early campaign kick-off, then, has heightened the GOP’s dilemma between boring but credible candidates, and exciting but unknown candidates — a reason why the party has not already settled on a clear frontrunner the way it had done for every campaign since 1952.

In the House and Senate, both parties understand that elections have to be bought as much as they must be fought. Democrats in both chambers appear to have begun to narrow the “enthusiasm gap” of 2010, and raised a little more money than Republicans in the first quarter of this year in spite of the expectation that donors are typically unenthusiastic in the fundraising cycle which follows their party’s defeat at the polls. The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee raised $11.69 million, just slightly more than the Republican Senatorial Campaign Committee’s figure of $11.2 million. A positive sign for Democrats is that the senators holding important swing seats the GOP hopes to re-capture, such as those of Bill Nelson (FL), Debbie Stabenow (MI), Claire McCaskill (MO), and Sherrod Brown (OH), did well by raising over a $1 million each in the first quarter. But this could merely mean that these senators are gearing up for a tough, and perhaps uphill battle ahead.

Democrats fared better in the House as well, but the numbers again are very close. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee raised $19.6 million, compared to the National Republican Campaign Committee, which raised $18 million. The DCCC is taking comfort in the fact that the average freshman Republican congressman raised less in the first quarter of 2011 than the average freshman Democratic congressman did in the first quarters of 2007 and 2009 – the years after the Democrats had just enjoyed their victories. There were, however, clear winners on the Republican side, and topping that list was Michelle Bachmann, who raised over $2 million in the first quarter. The critical question for the year ahead is whether the Tea-Party’s enthusiasm for Bachmann is portable enough to help other Republican members achieve their fund-raising goals. If the Tea Party proves capable of inspiring cheques as well as it has inspired hearts, the Republican party will have no problem keeping the House and gaining in the Senate next year.

For American politics, look not to the polls; for where the money goes, so goes t

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9. International Society for Animal Rights

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Last month I had the pleasure of donating a signed copy of my book Melvin and the Boy as part of a raffle to help raise money for ISAR's (International Society for Animal Rights) International Homeless Animals' Day.  
Here's a bit about this annual event:
                                                                                                                                                 "In 1992, ISAR introduced International Homeless Animals’ Day as an innovative educational vehicle with a purpose of informing society of the global tragedy that overwhelms animal shelters each year – pet overpopulation. Since the conception of International Homeless Animals’ Day, ISAR has reserved the third Saturday of August, commemorating the Day annually, to promote new campaigns, programs, and ideas on the solution to the pet overpopulation epidemic: spay/neuter."

If you're interested in learning more about ISAR, or would like to help, please head over to their website for more information.

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10. For Yara

Please consider giving to a fund for my fellow blogger, Yara from OnceUponATwilight.com, who lost her house in a fire while attending ALA Midwinter Meeting in Dallas, TX. :(

I learned about this tragedy from The Story Siren (link goes to more info)--thank goodness her family is safe, but they basically lost everything they had!

Please take a moment to donate and spread the word. 

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11. Over The Moon

 I'm so pleased to say that I was able to contribute, in a small way,
to this great project that is raising funds to help fight breast cancer.  

From the website:
Over the Moon: The Broadway Lullaby Project is both a timeless benefit effort and a uniquely compelling, multimedia experience. The ambitious project — which incorporates a 2-CD, 26-song set; a lavishly-illustrated hardcover book of 17 songs from the album; a corresponding e-book encompassing the entire collection; and a documentary film and web series — gathers many of contemporary musical theatre’s greatest composers and vocalists, as well as illustrators, all of whom have donated their talent to deliver an emotionally affecting set of new lullabies, some written specifically for this project.
This collection puts a fresh spin on the classic lullaby form, creating a warmly expressive song cycle that will touch listeners of all ages, while raising funds for respected breast cancer charities, The Breast Cancer Research Foundation and Young Survival Coalition. The book features 17 songs from the album, with the lyrics illustrated by some of America’s most esteemed theatrical designers and children’s book illustrators, each offering a memorable visual interpretation of a song from the CD bound in the book. The e-book includes illustrations for all 26 songs.

My illustration accompanies the lullaby titled “I’ll Always Be There,” written by Jeff Blumenkrantz and sung by Victoria ClarkPlease check out the Over The Moon website to find out more about this wonderful project, and how you can help! 


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12. Book People

This fundraiser is simple. You give $3 to RIF at the Macy’s register, and you get a coupon for $10 off your purchase of $50 or more.

With only 1 book for every 300 kids in need in the United States, the support from Macy’s and customers like you makes a real difference in our ability to get books to kids who need them most. And this campaign is a win-win. You save and you help RIF get books to kids. There’s also even more saving to be done with Macy’s One Day Sale happening this weekend in stores nationwide.

Even if a Macy’s store isn’t in your area, you can still get involved through our online sweepstakes. You’ll have a chance to win a $500 Macy’s gift card and help us spread the word about the campaign.

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13. Guest Post: Starlight Children's Aid

Tania Elizabeth is a mother first and foremost and the author of The Tier of Eternal Grace. Book One The Moon Clearing was released earlier this year. Book Two The Mirror’s Shadow will be released about September. Book Three will then follow in the early part of 2014.

The Tier of Eternal Grace is a captivating fantasy of magic and passion, wound into the truths of reality that will enchant readers with its depiction of the faerie realm, and the exploits of the faeries themselves. Book One of the series The Moon Clearingis an immersive tale of mysticism and adventure, of spiritual and sensual intent that shall enrapture your every sense.

Beyond the boundary that separates the mundane and earthly planes from the divine lies Eterna Fadas, a place ruled by extraordinary beings, lithe and human-like in appearance, yet ethereal in their grace and beauty, and sensuous in nature.
"I have existed always! Where I began I do not know, for all I know is just as I am today!"
As Queen, Tatiana was thought to have lived a life of opulence, her faith and beliefs her endearing essence. Why then was it so, that beneath the picture of perfection laid torments and terrors even she dare not explain. Being She came with its prices paid. Being She came with a deal; a contract in which she was to relinquish herself to a rogue of unmerciful fury. Would this be the end of all she know? Would this be the end of her existence?

Aside from her writing and her three angels, Tania is also an advocate for the Starlight Children’s Foundation. Being a mother herself and having seen firsthand what some of these children are dealt with on a day to day basis, and yet seeing the strength and courage they each maintain, Tania felt the need to not only donate her time, but to also help raise much needed funds.

The Starlight Children’s Foundation transforms the experience of hospitalization and treatment for seriously ill children and their families. Starlight is the only children’s charity with a permanent, physical presence in very major pediatric hospital in the country.

Every minute of every day a child is admitted to hospital in Australia. For thousands of these children what happens next is the diagnosis of a serious or chronic illness that changes their life, and the lives of their families, forever.

This is where Starlight steps in - delivering a range of innovative programs, built on the World Health Organization’s social model of health, to support the well-being and resilience of these seriously ill children and their families.

Starlight programs are integral to the total care of seriously ill children - while the health professionals focus on treating the illness, Starlight is there to lift the spirits of the child - giving them the opportunity to laugh and play and be a child again
About the Author, Tania Elizabeth
Like each and every one of us, Tania's own journey has been one of trials and tribulations, of Love and of passions; and the dissolutions of it. Heartache, sorrows, smiles and laughter always seeming. Through the writing of this book and the words of Tatiana, Tania has found a peace within and learnt the true meaning of "I LOVE ME!"

A message from Tania

I am asking for all’s assistance.
To give to others is to give to oneself, and 
Help us to raise funds for the Starlight Children's Foundation, which supports terminally ill children and their families.
There are two ways in which people can help.
It is very simple. 

By simply hosting, reviewing or interviewing myself/my book via a blog post, amazon, newspaper, radio, TV within a 21day window frame, between the dates of Friday 12th of April and Friday the 3rd of May. For every appearance, I will be donating $1 to the Starlight Children’s Foundation. 

If any of you could help, I would be so grateful. If you could connect me with anyone else who would be happy to interview, do a short post or review on myself/my book, I would be ever so grateful more.

I am also asking for donations, even $1, which you may do direct via this link.
You may also follow our progress on the Starlight Author's Aid Facebook Page.

We are looking at making this an annual event. This year it is based upon myself, though every year after, we will base it upon another upcoming author.
So please share and pass this along to all. Let's make this a huge affair and raise much needed funds for a very worthy cause.

My heartfelt thanks to all.
Love, Blessings and Faerie Kisses always xo

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14. This Saturday

JLB Creatives, a Lake County business that is Bringing Light to the Literary World, announced a unique author event for its summer offering asAuthors in the Park returns to Mount Dora. The event, Picnic with an Author, is set for Saturday, July 6th from 11 AM to 1 PM. Ten local authors will gather at the Gilbert Park pavilions, located on the northeast corner of Liberty Avenue and South Grandview Street, near the Mount Dora Lighthouse. Mark Miller, Social Media Executive for JLBC, encouraged fans and readers to join in for the full event. Food will be provided by Mount Dora’s Round Lake Christian Church for a small donation, he said.

“We’re serving lunch the entire time,” Miller said. “Fans and readers will have the special opportunity to sit with the author of their choice or visit all of the authors.”  The authors, Miller said, will be reading from their novels, discussing their works, and answering questions for fans and aspiring writers. Genres will range from epic fantasy to local history, and much more.
JLBC Conventions & Events executive and author, Jean E. Lane, mentioned with excitement that JLB Creatives has scheduled talented writers from around Lake County and even as far as Tampa and Jacksonville. 
In attendance will be: 

Janet Beasley - Inspirational Fantasy - http://amzn.to/Yw1Nd3
Lisa DeMarco - Children - http://amzn.to/186z209
Bethany Jett - Christian - http://amzn.to/18RokaG
L.R. Knost - Parenting, Non-Fic - http://amzn.to/190RGWP
Jean E. Lane - Sci-Fi, Children - http://amzn.to/100NFrv
Amy I. Long - Historical Romance - http://amzn.to/1b8KWCQ
De Miller - Mystery, Christian - www.DeMiller.com
Mark Miller - Fiction - http://amzn.to/17rhyuu
Rick Reed - Local History
Linda Wood Rondeau - Christian - http://amzn.to/190TKOz

“We are thrilled how much this has grown,” Janet Beasley, President of JLB Creatives and co-creator of the Authors in the Park event series, said. “Our Facebook page is getting traffic from as far away as England and people are talking about our events at work and school. We work hard to make this very different from your typical author book signing. Authors in the Park can be found on Facebook at www.FB.com/AuthorsInThePark.
“The goal of Authors in the Park fits right into JLB Creatives' purpose. It promotes authors, both self- and traditionally published,” Janet said. “They have good things to share and great books for sale.” Beasley also noted that anyone purchasing a book from one of the authors on the day of the event will get a free hot dog.
To enhance the picnic atmosphere, there will be face painting by Rachel Clunn and a few other surprises, Miller said. “With summer reading in full swing, this is a great event for children and adults.” He urges readers to follow Authors in the Park on Facebook for updates and future events. 

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15. Louisville Public Library needs help and good thoughts

I was following the Louisville Free Public Library disaster/flooding yesterday via Greg Schwartz’s tweeting and twitpics but I was travelling home. Today, there’s been time for more recapping and reflection from the online community including this very good and succinct post from Rachel Walden: How You Can Help the Louisville Free Public Library Recover from Disaster. Upshot: don’t send books, consider contributing to the LSW fundraising drive. Send Greg and the other employees your best wishes

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16. What's Happening in Saipan? For tree-huggers & animal lovers.

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17. Help the Hodges

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On August 22, 2009 Matthew Hodge, the 17-year-old son of former Disney story artist and Big Idea productions director Tim Hodge, was in a serious auto accident. A train struck his car at 50mph as he was crossing the tracks. While Matt suffered neither broken bones nor any internal organ damage, he did receive severe head trauma causing him to remain in a state of coma today. The Hodges have limited medical insurance and struggle to pay the bills for Matt’s recovery.

To help cover the costs, the Hodges, along with the National Cartoonist Society Foundation are auctioning off an incredible collection of original art from a variety of cartoonists and animators. Website: Help the Hodges. Action: Help the Hodges on eBay.

Some of the work being auctioned: original art by artists such as Charles Schulz, Patrick McDonnell, and Craig McCracken, and a variety of signed posters, DVDs, and books.

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18. Black Saturday Art Auction - Profits to CFA

The beginnings of the morning 9am paintingCareforce Church Black Saturday Remembrance Service9AM Service - Bid on Painting "Stepping Forward" No111AM Service - Bid on Painting "Stepping Forward" No26PM Service - Bid on Painting "Stepping Forward" No3These 3 Acrylic paintings were painted live on stage at Careforce Church Mt Evelyn during the Black Saturday Remembrance Services on Sunday 7th

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19. Fight2Win

Did any of you happen to watch American Idol last night and see an ad for Fight2Win.org? I was really moved by the ad, and as a Hodgkin's Disease survivor, have never seen any fundraiser asking specifically for donations for research on Hodgkin's Disease. I always thought this is true largely because it is a treatable disease with a very high success rate. But unfortunately, as it strikes young people predominantly, there are those who succumb to the disease. In some instances the disease is resistant to the treatment protocols. I have met many people through the years, some who do fine and others who do not survive either the disease or the treatment. I am so happy to find out about a way to help learn more about this disease. Almost all of the donated money goes directly to fund the research itself. 

Here is a small way I can begin to help with this cause. Last week I received a box of fabrics from Robert Kaufman. The fabrics are the On A Whim owls design enlarged. They were digitally printed by Spoonflower. I have 5 pieces that are 3 yards each. I am going to offer these in my Etsy shop with free shipping. All proceeds (minus my shipping costs) will go to Fight2Win.org. They would be perfect for larger home decorating projects. I included a photo of the original owls so you can see the size difference. Thanks for helping me with this cause.

20. Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric Aids Foundation

I found out this week that Oopsy Daisy will be involved with the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric Aids Foundation's A Time for Heroes Celebrity Picnic. The participating kids will get to make their own nightlight to take home - which will feature my "Turtle Pair" artwork. The event takes place on June 13th, which is this Sunday. Elisabeth Glaser is definitely one of my perosnal heroes. She displayed enormous strength and courage in the face of unspeakable tragedy and selflessly turned her losses into aid for so many children.  If you are in the LA area and have little ones, it is a great benefit to contribute to.

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21. Illustration Friday: The "Ripple" Effect

The soft free-fall of a feather swoops from side to side, being carried by it's own momentum, soon to be swirled into the ripples of a pond gathering it's momentum from the tossing of a pebble.

Two quiet forces of nature equaling a feeling of peace.

But wait...what if a foreign substance like crude oil causes the ripples?

Friends, this week Illustration Friday is asking us to participate in a fundraiser for the animals in the Gulf left to fend for themselves in this more than sticky, life-threatening situation.
As artists, we have been asked to make an ATC that can be sold for $10, all proceeds going to either The Institute For Marine Mammal Studies (http://www.imms.org/) or The International Bird Rescue Research Center (http://www.ibrrc.org/).
Every penny raised will go to these organizations. When the card sells we are emailed the name of the buyer/donor and we sign them and mail them with our thanks and blessings.
This idea is inspired by Kelly Light. Visit this blog at http://ripplesketches.blogspot.com/
to see what all of these wonderful artists are doing to help the cause.
Here are my ATC's below that I will link to the blog for purchase.
I know they're hard to look at, but we all have to face this situation and do what we can.
Blessings of gratitude,
xoxo Lolo
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22. Pardon Our Jeans

The First Book-Greater Richmond, Virginia Advisory Board recently conducted a fundraiser with the support of a local bank.  The Board members asked the bank to consider approving the sale of passes that would allow employees to wear jeans for the entire month of May.  The bank’s professional dress code typically prohibits employees from wearing jeans in any of its buildings.

Each Friday during April, First Book Board members were allowed to set up tables at lunch time in the bank building lobbies to sell passes.  Each pass cost $20, with 100% of the funds going to First Book-Greater Richmond.  The bank employees felt good about making a donation to First Book, and in turn they got to enjoy the comfort of “casual dress” every day during May.  Customers who entered the bank’s buildings during May saw a lobby sign that said, “Pardon our jeans, we are raising money for First Book.”  This fundraiser was a true win-win.

About 1,000 bank employees participated in the fundraiser, which raised more than $20,000 for First Book or about 10,000 free books for children in the Richmond community!

Do you have another “fun” fundraising idea?  Please share it with us!

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23. Ripple - Gulf fundraieser

Ripple is an art fundraiser in support of the wildlife devastated by the BP oil disaster. I've created four sketches for this great cause and for a small donation, you could own them.

My work goes up for sale on Friday, July 16th at 6:30 PM. One sketch will be available each half hour. It's first come, first serve, so be quick on the keyboard if you'd like to hang these pieces on your wall.

It's all going down at ripplesketches.blogspot.com. For the rules, check out the column on the right hand side of the Ripple site.

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24. Come on, you know you want to.

Tonight, the Diamond State Roller Girls are holding a fundraiser at the Red Robin near the Christiana Mall. If you eat dinner there between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m., and bring a printout of this flier, 15% of your order will go to helping to DSRG. You should go!

Some fun and semi-related facts:

1. The first time I ever ate at Red Robin, I was visiting a friend in Seattle. I had the Royal Red Robin Burger, the one topped with an egg. Have you ever had one of these? It is OMG good.

2. Joe's and my first date was at a Red Robin, because it was one of the only places open after 10 p.m. on a Sunday night. It wasn't this Red Robin, though, but the one in Bethlehem.

3. Two of my favorite writer friends, Pam Smallcomb and Laura Bowers, used to meet up regularly at the Red Robin in Townsend, MD, because it was halfway between where they lived in MD and where I am in DE.

4. My friend Steph is a Diamond State Roller Girl. Her husband, Emmett, is their house DJ. After they got involved, I found out that this guy I went to college with, Steve, is part of the DSRG. Steve figures heavily into my Greg Brady story, but when Em relayed that to him, Steve didn't remember what he was talking about.

5. Yesterday I found out that Matthia, who for years was like my unofficial little sister and who inspired (in part) Lucy from CONTENTS UNDER PRESSURE, knows Emmett, because they both worked at the same company for a year or so.

And this, folks, is what it's like to be a Delawarean. We're all separated by, like, one or two degrees max.

ANYWAY, come out and support the Roller Girls. They're really cool! And you'll get a tasty burger to boot.

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25. Weekend FULL of fun events!

So! This Saturday and Sunday are filled with fun book and art-related events that I'll be a part of: One in Brooklyn, one in Manhattan, and one in Baltimore! Below are the flyers for all three events (just click on each for all the details). Hope to see you at at least one of the following!


*Saturday: BOOKS FOR ROMANIA--a holiday fundraiser party! (please please please come to this if you can!)

*Sunday: ILLUSTRATION NEXT; MICA alumni gallery exhibition:

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