Beginning MAY 1ST, Project GONZO (a supportive arm to the Bubel/Aiken Foundation and LWLHD) is proud to announce that it will be hosting, along with the BEST BUDDIES organization, an E-BAY AUCTION, as well as a fundraising DRIVE, to benefit the Best Buddies Leadership Conference, held in Indiana this summer.
Best Buddies is a charity that is somewhat of a "sister organization" to The Bubel/Aiken Foundation, and one that CLAY is extremely supportive of, as it is close to his heart. (For more information, visit www.bestbuddies.org) CLAY is aware of this fundraiser and is supportive of it! He has personally donated TWO AUTOGRAPHED MOAM CD'S TO THE DRIVE when he heard about it. I must however, stress that this project IS NOT in conjunction with TBAF, as it has been put together in only the last two weeks and we unfortunately could not wait through the approval process. Clay fans are putting this together with Best Buddies as a tribute to Clay and as a reflection of how much he has inspired his fans to help others. WE BEG YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT OF THIS!
THERE ARE TWO PARTS TO THIS -- THE AUCTION AND A DONATION DRIVE:
If you are not interested in the auction, there is also a simple fund-raising drive in which you can donate to Best Buddies on behalf of CLAY. All donations are tax-deductible and you will receive receipts. In addition to that you will also receive a small thank you present for your donation:
Under $100 - Best Buddies/"Clay Buddies" Certificate of Appreciation and gift packet
(fun stuff like stickers and pens)
Over $100 ? Best Buddies/"Clay Buddies" Certificate of Appreciation and T-shirt
$250 and over ? Best Buddies/"Clay Buddies" Certificate of Appreciation "Sponsoring
a Chapter to Attend Conference"
The checks can be made payable to Best Buddies. You can specify a chapter, state or region. Please mail your check or money orders to:
C/o Kim VanderVossen
Best Buddies Southeast Region
550 N Bumby Ave
Orlando, FL 32803
There will be both CLAY-related and non-Clay related material for auction, as to attract as wide an audience as possible. If you attended CLAYVENTION, you will be particularly interested in some of the goodies we have received! Some of the items already donated include:
TWO autographed MOAM CD's - donated from CLAY himself!
Exceptional Parent Magazine (with the TBAF article) autographed by DIANE BUBEL
LWLHD shirts autographed by FAYE PARKER
several hard to find magazines with Clay featured in them
Miss Francette videos (Clayvention)
custom-made "Miss Francette 2004" boots (Clayvention)
an Aiken to Cook cookbook donated and autographed by Jeanoma Babcock
several hard to find magazines with Clay featured in themtwo beautiful "Clay" pins
autographed prints by LAURIE MCADAM (well known "Clay" artist)
Clay artwork from:
-Pattie Forsay (fishbean on the boards - previously has donated artwork to KC auction and MN
-Gus Allen (trixrabbit on the boards - also "Clayvention's Most Talented" winner! Previously has
donated artwork to Clayvention raffle and MN drawing)
-Tonya Homan (november242002 on the boards - previously has donated artwork to KC auction and MN
some 8x10 pictures of Clay
some autographed 8x10s of "Clayvention Stars" (i.e., Miss Francette, Frances Wilson, Peyton's Invisible Parody performance and autographed lyrics)
Some non-Clay items:
We will have a first available print from Michael P Frase, a renowned Best Buddies artist
some great Julie Andrews memorabilia, including an autographed children's book by her
some great prints contributed by Erin
a gift basket from Mary Kay
a gift basket from Avon
a half day fishing charter
some Spa gift certificates
a gift certificate from www.rivermen.com, a West Virginia whitewater rafting company
We have contacted several sports teams that have given to charity auctions before, including Doug Flutie, who has a foundation in honor of his autistic son.
We are still accepting more donations from many more people every day! I will continue to update the list!
**THIS IS OUR FIRST COMBINED EFFORT WITH BEST BUDDIES AND PROJECTGONZO/TBAF/CLAY FANS!! WE HOPE TO CONTINUE THE ALLIANCE IN THE FUTURE - AND WE HAVE BEEN BRAGGING ABOUT HOW WONDERFUL AND SUPPORTIVE CLAY FANS ARE OF EACH OTHER AND PARTICULARLY OF CAUSES CLOSE TO CLAY'S HEART. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE SUPPORT US IN THIS CAUSE!! EITHER THROUGH THE AUCTION, THE DONATION DRIVE, OR BOTH!**
PLEASE COPY AND PASTE THIS ON AS MANY BOARDS AS POSSIBLE. We will be posting a link for more information and photos of the auction items as soon as the website is complete. It will be soon - please support this by advertising on boards, websites, emailing, etc. We are depending on ClayNation and the power of the Internet (and we know how powerful it can be, lol!) to spread the word!
If you have any questions about the donation drive or the auction, please contact
Jeani Derrough at firstname.lastname@example.org or Tonya Homan at email@example.com
Please help us spread the word about this drive AND THE AUCTION!