Putting the “Fun” in Fundraising

I just want to send a shout out to everybody who bid in the online art auction that I organized for Lucky Dog Rescue in October. The auction was very successful, and raised over $1,400 for Ashley’s rescue.  An extra special tip of the hat to Chris Hoar, Ashley’s Pet Pardon’s co-founder and loyal friend, who stepped in at the last minute with a challenge. Chris offered to match the highest bid in the auction with a direct donation, and it was his generous gift that sent the auction soaring over $1,200. Ashley was surprised by all of it; by the idea for the auction, by the generosity of the donations, and by the super generous bidding.

I’m still trying to figure out how my little yelodoggie paintings consistently bring in such nice bids when I donate them to charity events, but it remains a struggle for me to sell them outright from my etsy shop for only an eighth of what they bring at charity auction. What’s up with that?

The art that was donated came in a wide variety: from anime to comic book art, to impressionistic painting, to photography and even handmade jewelry.  Additionally, a couple of people wrote to me that they were donating to Lucky Dog directly. I hope Ashley got a lot of that action, too.

While I was begging artists for donations, my friend Bob McCarty (author of the Planet of the Dogs series) had no art to offer, but was willing to donate a book. That gave me an idea.

Now that the auction is over, I’m starting a second phase fundraiser for Lucky Dog Auction. Sticking to the arts, phase two will be donations from writers. And since everybody likes to gamble once in awhile, especially if it doesn’t cost much…this will be another fun fundraiser.

If you love to read and if you like animal-themed books, then you are going to want to get in on this action!

Beginning November 1, 2011, I will be hosting a weekly book raffle to benefit Lucky Dog Rescue. The books being raffled will all have animal themes, and each book will be autographed by its author! There’s even some special fun stuff a couple weeks in…when the book to be auctioned will be Garth Stein’s “The Art of Racing in the Rain”. For that week, anyone who buys a certain number of tickets will automatically receive an Enzo bookmark and “goenzo” lapel pin.

There will be one book raffled per week, for as many weeks as there are books donated. Some of the authors who have already agreed to donate are:

  • Garth Stein – The Art of Racing in the Rain 
  • W. Bruce Cameron – A Dog’s Purpose
  • Ted Kerasote – Merle’s Door
  • Barbara Techel – Frankie the Walk ‘n Roll Dog
  • Deborah Eades – Every Rescued Dog has a Tale; Stories from the dog rescue railroad
  • Robert McCarty – Snow Valley Heroes
  • Tim McHugh – Ivan! A Pound Dog’s View on Life, Love and Leashes
  • Pam  Houston – Sight Hound
  • Kelly Meister – Crazy Critter Lady
  • Carolyn Parkhurst – The Dogs of Babel
  • Bo Hoefinger – Bad to the Bone
  • Bob Tarte – (with a title to be announced)

…and more authors may be joining the cause.

I’ve already kicked off week one with my own book:  Born Without a Tail. The raffle for the first book will run from November 1-7. Tickets are $1, with discounts available for buying multiple tickets.

All proceeds will benefit Ashley’s Rescue, which is “saving the world, one dog at a time”.  Lucky Dog Rescue is a 501c3 non-profit that depends on donations in order to operate.

To help out Lucky Dog Rescue and buy some chances to win, please visit: www.yelodoggie.com/ldrbookraffle.html.  Be sure to bookmark the page and stop by every week throughout the months of November , December and January for a chance to win great books!

And please share!!  The more the word gets around, the more it will benefit Lucky Dog Rescue.

About yelodoggie

Ariel C. Wulff is an author, artist and animal advocate. They have been involved in pet rescue for over twenty-five years. They have written two books about their true-life adventures living with an ever-changing house full of pets: Born Without a Tail, and Circling the Waggins, and a guide to animal advocacy using the Internet as a tool: How to Change the World in 30 Seconds". Wulff also wrote a pet column and book review column for the Examiner, and was a contributing editor for AnimalsVote.org. They attribute their love of animals to having been raised by Wulffs.
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