The month of May not only brings flowers and the promise of spring, but also the Brenda Novak For The Cure of Diabetes Online Auction. This auction has something for everyone and is for a wonderful cause. According to the press release:
Every year, for the month of May, New York Times and USA Today Best-selling Author Brenda Novak runs an online auction for diabetes research. The auction takes a full year to plan and pull off, but it’s a labor of love—an effort to help all the people who, like her youngest son, suffer from diabetes. Her very first auction ran in 2005. It started small but has grown every year by leaps and bounds.
The Brenda Novak Online Auction for Diabetes Research is the biggest online event for diabetes
research in the world. Each year, with the help of generous donors–which include some of the
biggest and brightest stars in publishing, like Nicholas Sparks, Nora Roberts, Diana Gabaldon, Steve Berry and Janet Evanovich–Brenda offers up over 2000 fabulous items, creating a shopper’s paradise. As a cumulative total, she’s raised $1,675,280.
But the auction is more than your everyday charity gala. It’s a blast to participate in–
a real community. They do drawings and give away prizes. Shoppers quickly become donors and donors quickly become shoppers. It’s an outstanding fundraising model!
Here’s to making a difference…
When asked what makes her auction model work so well, Brenda said, “I think it’s the unique items that are offered, as well as the community. At the auction, readers can bid to win unique experiences–like having lunch or dinner with their favorite author, or staying in their favorite author’s guest house, or reading their favorite author’s book before it’s ever even published. We also offer opportunities to aspiring writers of all genres–and millions of people want to write a book. Some of the most powerful agents and editors in publishing have donated their time to read submissions and give feedback, some with a turn-around time of twenty-four hours! In addition to these unique items, we have everything from trips & stays, to antique jewelry to celebrity items. Also, the friendships we form, the prizes we give away, and the spirit of fighting back together brings us closer as a community each year. I’m not the only one driving this. We’re all in it together.”
Some unique items include tickets and backstage meet and greet packages with Bret Michaels and Celine Dion, a stay at Nora Roberts Inn, an African safari and hot air balloon ride. But there’s also jewelry, lunches, trips, and stays in author’s guest houses. And you just won’t believe all the books offered. This is a book lovers fantasy shopping trip.
My offerings this year are a day to be featured on my Beyond Her Book blog, a ticket and hotel stay for the Barbara Vey Reader Appreciation Luncheon 2014 and a complete makeover at a premiere salon in Wisconsin. You can bid on these items here. Just search Barbara Vey.
No donations are too big or too small, so check it out and bid often. You’d be surprised what you can get and do some gift shopping while your at it. Spending money on fun things is easy when you know it’s going for a good cause.
Bottom Line: “How lovely to think that no one need wait a moment; we can start now, start slowly changing the world!” ~ Anne Frank