A STAR for BRIAN - On-line Auction
Coming November, 2007!
The Brian Keith fans in the Hardcastle and McCormick fandom have been
successful in winning approval for a Star in the Hollywood Walk of
Fame to recognize and commemorate Brian's lifetime contributions as a
performer who touched our hearts in so many ways. The Star is
scheduled for installation on June 26, 2008 at 11:30 in the morning,
providing the full associated costs of the Star are paid in full by
April, 2008. For more information about The Star for Brian, and about
our other fundraising initiatives, please go to www.starforbrian. com
The fans have been actively and successfully raising funds to pay for
the installation and maintenance of the Star in perpetuity. However,
the required contribution to support a Star was unexpectedly increased
from $15,000 to $25,000 this year, so we have to raise the additional
$10,000 in a hurry. As one of our ongoing fundraising activities,
we're hosting this on-line auction to provide bidders the opportunity
to acquire memorabilia, art, stories, hand-made crafts, and a wide
range of gifts for their holiday gift-giving.
If you've never participated in an on-line auction before, it's really
easy! Over the next few months, people will advise us of the items
they will donate for auction. We'll post a website where people can
check out the donated items in advance, and obtain all the information
on how to access and bid on the auction. In mid-November, we'll hold
the auction on www.thefreeauction. com All items will be listed with a
minimum fifteen dollar bid. The auction site provides an easy
registration process for those who wish to bid, automatically records
bids and bids for you (in one dollar increments) up to your maximum
bid amount, and informs winners of the items they won. The auction
will run for fourteen days, so there will be lots of time to get your
bids in. After the auction, the winning bidders make their donation
for the items they won through Paypal to the Star for Brian fund, and
then we'll connect donors and winners, so the donors can send the
item. See - very easy!
However, for this auction to work, we desperately need your help - we
need donations from you of items for individuals to bid on!
What `items' you ask?
Well, there are a thousand ideas, but here are just a few to get you
If you're a writer, you could donate a story or maybe a zine of the
winner's favorite three stories; an artist might donate sketches or
prints of their paintings of our favorite characters; you could offer
a songvid or a photo-manipulation, or a CD collection of screen caps
or icons. (Note: donations don't have to be only related to the
Hardcastle and McCormick fandom - offer to write a story or make a
songvid for another fandom and let them know to check out the auction.
All story and art donations in this auction will have gen themes
about friendship but could be hurt/comfort, adventure, drama, case
story, humour, and so on.)
You could offer your services as a beta editor to a writer; you could
make or donate Christmas tree ornaments, coffee mugs, a set of
coasters, decorative table runners with a holiday theme, home-made
Christmas cards, a jar of home-made preserves, a Christmas cake or
baked goods. You could make fridge magnets, calenders or paperweights
featuring our guys' photos, knit a scarf and matching hat; transfer a
great photo onto decorative pillows or a sweatshirt or T-shirt.
If you're not into making things, you could donate photos you've
collected but would be willing to part with or original scripts from
an episode, new or used zines full of great fanfic. And . wow, the
list of possible holiday gift items is endless! Gift certificates for
national coffee house or restaurant chains, Christmas tree ornaments,
bath/spa products, CDs of Christmas music, used boxed sets of
television series or a dvd of a Christmas movie, favorite barbecue
sauce, a gift box of jams or honey or coffee or tea or hot chocolate,
seasonal ornaments, fancy holiday candles, a decorative serving dish,
candy dish, or serving bowls, tablecloths. Donate something that
you'd like to receive. The list is endless.
And we already have one confirmed incredibly fabulous donation!
Janet, `the quilt lady', from The Sentinel fandom is donating a
gorgeous quilt with pictures of Hardcastle and McCormick incorporated
in the design.
If you are willing to donate to support the STAR for Brian, to be part
of giving this great actor the recognition he so richly earned, and
want to join in celebrating his achievements, then contact me at
mhay18@shaw. ca I'll need a short description (and electronic photo if
you have one) of the item you're donating, and whether you'd be
willing to pay postage (if applicable) to send the item to the winner.
That's it; that's all you have to do until after the auction ends and
you're advised of the winner of your item. Once we have a website
developed to showcase the donations, I'll let you know and you can
check it out to see what everyone else is donating - to get ideas
about what you'll want to bid on when the auction is running.
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