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2014 GFC Birthday Auction for Find Your Light Runs February 16-24!

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#1 Valerie

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Posted 25 January 2014 - 09:28 AM

Hi, Everyone!

 

As we do each year, GFC is holding an on-line auction to give a birthday gift to Josh from all his fans by supporting his Find Your Light Foundation! (On February 27, Josh will be turning 33!)

 

As always, 100% of the proceeds will go to the Find Your Light Foundation. The proceeds for this year's fundraiser will be used to provide musical instruments and teaching support for the Hobart Shakespeareans, which is a public school classroom designed to improve the quality of life for economically disadvantaged children with a focus on Shakespeare and music.

 

To learn more about this charity, go here: http://www.hobartshakespeareans.org/!

 

For more information about Find Your Light, go here: http://www.findyourlightfoundation.org

 

If anyone would like to donate Josh-related items to the auction, please write to Val@grobanitesforcharity.org. Please do not use copyright photos. (For those who sent items previously, we still have them!) All items (or photos), descriptions, and values (for tax purposes) must be received by February 7. For those of you who donated items, feel free to post photos of the items here!

In addition to the auction items, we'll have the some Buy Now items, including magnets with drawings to win signed items.

 
Speaking of magnets, we're looking for some new fan photos of Josh to use for magnets, mousepads and bumper stickers. Note - They need to be good resolution in order to use for merchandise items. If you have some photos to recommend (and the photographer allows using them), please post them here or send them to me at Val@grobanitesforcharity.org!
Lastly, we'll have a fun new donation project to post Birthday Messages to Josh!! (More about that coming soon!)
 
We'll post the link RIGHT HERE once the auction starts on February 16th. All auction items will end between 8 pm and 11 pm Eastern Time on February 24th. We hope everyone can participate!

Val
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#2 JGtoo

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Posted 17 February 2014 - 10:14 PM

A quick question......what kind of things do you collect for this auction? Fan art or skills? I have several artistic skills and would like to contribute if my skills coincide with what you use. I asked once before and got no answer.

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Posted 18 February 2014 - 06:49 AM

THE AUCTION IS NOW IN PROGRESS! Just go to http://grobanitesforcharityauction.org/index.asp. ! Thanks to everyone who donated items!!!

 

Please check out the donation options (in the Buy Now section) to post a message to Josh, receive seed paper, and be entered into drawings to win signed items! Go here for details: http://grobanitesfor...structions.html . Also see the separate thread with lots of details on this great project being coordinated by Corianne, Jenn and Jamie!

 

The auction ends on Monday, February 24th, with all items ending between 8 and 11 pm Eastern Time (5 and 8 pm Pacific Time).

 

We'll be putting new items up throughout the week! If anyone has any problems bidding, or any questions at all, please write to gfc@grobanitesforcharity.org .

 

Happy bidding, everyone!



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Posted 18 February 2014 - 06:50 AM

A quick question......what kind of things do you collect for this auction? Fan art or skills? I have several artistic skills and would like to contribute if my skills coincide with what you use. I asked once before and got no answer.

 

Art is accepted as long as it is tasteful and doesn't include copyright photos (and the artist is ok with the use of the photos).

 

Val

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#5 JDN

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Posted 19 February 2014 - 08:34 AM

Hello!

 

Happy 2014 Birthday Auction and welcome to the Seeds of Love Project!

http://grobanitesfor...rg/14_Feb_Bday/

 

Jenn, Corriane and I are thrilled to work together on this project to help raise money for the Find Your Light Foundation.  We have had this project in mind for a long time and are so glad to finally see it come to fruition.  We wanted to create this site as a supplement to the thread for the auction, which can be found at:

http://grobanitesfor...n.org/index.asp

 

Please feel free to post questions, comments, and concerns about the Seeds of Love Project on the Seeds Thread

 

As a reminder, the Seeds of Love Project’s webpage can be found at:

http://grobanitesfor...rg/14_Feb_Bday/

 

 

Birthday Messages http://grobanitesfor...Bday/index.html

 

 

We were inspired by the way Josh works so passionately to help inspire others through the arts.  We believe children need light and love to grow through the arts. With a donation to GFC, you will receive a seed paper that will blossom into something beautiful, just like a child can, with a little light and love.

 

The seed paper is in the shape of a music note and is embedded with an array of annual and perennial wildflower seeds. When planted in soil, exposed to sunlight, and watered, the paper blooms into beautiful flowers. We want to highlight the way children also bloom through the arts with a little light and love, and all that Josh has worked so hard to do for Arts Education.

 

There will be three tiers for donations.  Full instructions can be found at the website listed above, but here is a brief explanation:

 

1.) Make a donation
Click on your preferred donation amount on the website.  Please make sure you have already registered on the auction website!

 

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$5 donation: receive a seed paper and to post a birthday message to Josh in the virtual garden

 

 

$10 donation: receive a seed paper, post a birthday message to Josh in the virtual garden, and get entered into the drawing to win a signed “Illuminations” poster
 

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$25 donation: receive 3 seed papers, post a birthday message to Josh in the virtual garden, and get entered into the drawing to win a program from the National Arts Awards signed by Josh. (The program is from October 15, 2012, when Josh was presented with the Young Artist Award at the National Art Award Ceremony in New York City.  It is the full art program and Josh signed the page with the name of everyone who donated.)
 

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2.) Email Meg@grobanitesforcharity.org with...
- Your Birthday Message
-The Name you want listed on your message (board name, first name, both, or as anonymous)
-Your flower choice (see options below)

NOTE: Please keep in mind the size of the flowers when creating your birthday message. We may ask you to adjust your message if it won't fit within the flower's space.

 

Supporters outside the US:
We are very sorry; international laws prevent mailing seeds outside the U.S. Instead of the seed paper, Josh fans living outside of the United States will receive a special magnet.  This was designed especially for you and will not be available anywhere else!

 

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: If you make multiple donations at any of the 3 donation levels, you will receive multiple seed papers (or magnets) and can post additional messages for Josh. However, you will only be entered into the prize drawing ONCE at each donation level.

 

After you receive your seed paper, you can grow your flowers by following these instructions:

To grow your flowers, soak the paper in water overnight. Then, cover with a thin layer of soil and keep evenly moist until seedlings are established. Sprouts will appear in a week or two.  Before you know it, your seed paper will have grown into flowers—a little reminder that beauty surrounds us every day.

 

You will receive a postcard with instructions for how to plant your seed paper when you receive the music note seed paper in the mail.

 

Full directions for the seed paper can be found at

http://www.earthlygoods.com/qa.html

 

Finally, we have created a website to create a virtual garden from the real flowers you will grow with your seed paper.  We ask that in the coming weeks and months that people share photos with us to post on this website, so we can continue to watch the growth that is symbolic of all those who will be helped through your donation. 

 

We set up the e-mail seedsoflove2014@gmail.com  Once you have pictures you can e-mail them to this address with your name and board name and we will upload them to the site!

 

 

A big thank you to all who participate!

 

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#6 Valerie

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Posted 26 February 2014 - 08:38 PM

HI Everyone!!

 

The Auction Results are in!!!!!! Thanks to your generosity, the Birthday Auction raised over $28.5K for Find Your Light! This includes the auction items, buy now items and the Seeds of Love fundraiser!

 

We can't thank everyone enough - those who made and donated items, those who bid on items, those who will be mailing out items, those who donated their photos to use, and those who made Seeds of Love donations! A special thanks to the Seeds of Love Team - Corianne, Jenn and Jamie, who put together a really fun project to post messages to Josh (everyone who donated in the US will receive seed paper in the shape of a musical note!!)

 

One hundred percent of the funds raised will go to Find Your Light, to be designated for the Hobart Shakespeareans for their much-needed musical instruments and teaching support.

 

All of you have done something very special in honor of Josh's Birthday!!

 

Val

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Note - You can still make a donation and post your Birthday Message to Josh on the Virtual Garden! Just go here for instructions:

 

http://grobanitesfor...structions.html

 

And go here to see the messages:

 

http://grobanitesfor...rg/14_Feb_Bday/



#7 JDN

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Posted 04 March 2014 - 05:27 PM

 Jenn, Corianne and I would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to GFC and all the fans who participated in the Seeds of Love project for the 2014 Birthday Auction.  We are so proud to have been a part of this and thankful for the chance to bring our idea to life.  However, we know that without the help of GFC and the participation and contributions of so many fans that we would not have been able to do this.
 
Many thanks to Val who always patiently dealt with our numerous questions and e-mails.  Thank you Meg for the beautiful website you created and maintained.  Additional thanks go to the entire GFC team for the wonderful work they always do to support the Find Your Light Foundation.  The auctions they organize take a lot of work but make so many people happy. The best part of all is the number of children that are helped by the money raised.
 
Lastly, we want to extend our gratitude to anyone who purchased a flower to leave a message for Josh in the virtual garden.  Your words and birthday messages were beautiful and we hope that the flowers you grow with your seed paper will only echo that beauty and remind you with each glance of the good your donation did.  There is beauty everywhere in our world if we only choose to see it.  With a little light and a little love we can continue to nurture our children to continue to let that beauty show and light shine in the future.
 
All the best to everyone!  We look forward to sending out the seed paper and picking our winners and hope that you enjoyed this as we did.  God bless.
 
Jamie, Jenn, and Corianne.






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