That’s it! Stick a fork in it!

The Child’s Play charity event is still going strong, but my little Raffle is now officially over.

We have selected 6 winners by the highly scientific process of writing each donator’s name on a slip of paper, putting the slips in the box that my Richard statue came in, and having Alex pick them out one at a time.

Campaign officials thought there might have been some ballots that weren’t counted, but a request for a recount was firmly rebuffed, and then the requester was shot.

And then shot again.

We had many last minute entries, and thank you all very, very much. 

We also had one last minute addition to the pile o’ prizes, Runycat of Unbearably Hot donated a very nice handcrafted bracelet for one lucky winner. I don’t have a picture of the actual item in question, of course, but from these pictures of her previous work, it’s sure to be quite lovely.

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That’s simply gorgeous. 

Yeah, yeah, I know. That’s awesome and all, but you want to know who won.

Well, you are ALL winners in my book!

Ouch! Stop! Hey!

Okay, who threw the pineapple? Hmm, good eating off one of those.

Seriously though, yes, we have 6 winners chosen by random drawing. The first winner selected has been emailed, and offered her choice of the first prize. Once we know which prize she has chosen, I can email lucky number two, and so on.

However, the rest of you who were kind enough to donate are not walking away empty handed!

No, each of you can cherish the warm knowledge that you have helped bring some light…

Ouch!

Okay, enough with the pineapples!

Okay, okay, I’ll stop joking around.

Seriously, I am very grateful for your donations and your taking part in my little Raffle, and what I’m going to do is mail each and every one of you that donated to Child’s Play and participated in the Raffle a Big Bear Butt button from my recent Meet the Bear event.

It’s not as awesome as a Petopia calendar or a quilt or a bracelet, but it’s better than a poke in the eye with a pointy stick. 

Well… I HOPE it’s better than a poke in the eye with a pointy stick.

I want to thank all of you again for taking part, for your generosity, and your spirit of giving in these tough times. With so many worthy causes to choose from, it’s not really that important what you give, or to who, but simply that you gave of your heart.

Thank you. Thank all of you, and God bless you.

Oh, and that list of winning names?

  1. Ashley M.
  2. John/Ursinus of Arygos
  3. Sara/Hertje
  4. DJLushious (lol, I love these email names)
  5. Paul and Kelly
  6. Drew H.

That’s right, them’s the winners, and congratulations, each and every one of you!

Now, everyone go annoy Ashley until she responds to my email and tells me what she wants. 🙂

The End is Nigh

Welcome to the first day of December, and the final day of the BBB Child’s Play Raffle.

For those of you that may just be returning home after a long holiday weekend, congratulations!
You STILL have time to donate and get your receipt emailed to me!

I’m sure that is just what you were hoping to hear from me. 🙂

That’s right, as Mania was so incredibly kind to mention yesterday, the Raffle is still going on through today, and will not be closed until tonight.

Tonight, we will post the names of the winners… and then we will contact them each, in order, and ask them which prize they would like.

So the first name drawn out of the hat gets first choice. It seems the fairest way of handling the situation. Someone may just be DYING to get Petopia’s Calander, and someone else may be chanting “quilt! quilt! quilt!”… wouldn’t it be silly to swap ’em?

Amusing… but silly.

So if you’ve been dilly dallying around all weekend, now’s your last chance!

Tomorrow, we shall return you to your regularly scheduled blogging.=

The B^3 Childs Play Raffle Nears It’s End!

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This Raffle is nearly over.

But not quite YET!!!

Go! Read the big post talking ALLLL about the Raffle we’re running here!

SEE! See how to donate to Child’s Play!

LOOK! Look to see how to submit your Child’s Play donation receipt as a Raffle entry!

Time is running out… I’m giving you folks until Monday morning, and then I’m closing the Raffle down and declaring the winners!

There is also still time to donate something as a prize, if you have the desire to help out in that way.

Remember, you don’t pay ME any money here! And if you already donated to Child’s Play, you’re fine as long as you’ve got your e-receipt!

So come on, folks! Give a little!

/exhort!

Child’s Play 2008 Raffle Rules!

The Child’s Play Charity drive is now live, and I am urging each of you who can, to please donate.

You can make donations either directly to a Child’s Play PayPal fund, or by choosing a specific Children’s Hospital on their website, and being directed to a Child’s Play ‘Wish List’ set up on Amazon.com for that specific Hospital, and pick what items you want to buy for the Hospital yourself, which will be delivered directly to them.

Personally, the way Cassie and I prefer to do it is to pick the items ourselves. It feels more… personal. And it’s fun!

But hey, I said I was going to hold a little Raffle to try and nudge you towards giving, right?

Well, yes, yes I am. And a few generous souls have already stepped forward to offer additional prizes to the Raffle, so it’s not just me with a couple of lame T-Shirts. 

We are holding a Raffle. And you do NOT pay me a dime to enter and participate.

What we are doing, is having you email proof in the form of your Receipt for your donation, of whatever amount or whatever items you choose, and in return you will have one entry into the Raffle. 

Whether you donate via PayPal or via Amazon.com, as long as you go through the official Child’s Play Charity Website, you will receive a receipt in your email. Forward that receipt on to us at tigerlordgm AT yahoo DOT com, title Bear Blog Raffle, and we will enter you into the Raffle.

It’s that simple.

So, if you jumped the gun and donated already this year, congratulations! It still counts!

Yes, as you can see… it is one Raffle entry per person who donates. The size of your donation is not the point.

Everyone from young teens in school to 50 year old business owners and professional baseball and football players play WoW, so I’m not asking you to compete with each other on who can drop the biggest wad of cash. I’m just hoping that you will donate what you can.

I have no goal in mind. I am not keeping score of how generous people are, or are capable of being, or whatever. I already know you folks are awesome.

I know some of you are competitive and love those Achievements… but the only Achievement here is bringing a smile to a young child’s face.

It’s a pretty nice Achievement to get, though.

This is all about hoping that, if you are able to, you will find it in your heart to donate what you can this year. And if the chance to win a neat WoW related prize or BBB shirt helps encourage you a teeny bit, then I think it’s awesome.

Again, the email for you to forward your Child’s Play Donation Receipt to is tigerlordgm [at] yahoo [dot] com. Title: Bear Blog Raffle. Only receipts from this years’ donation will count.

The last day for Raffle entries to be accepted will be November 28th.

Okay, so you know how to donate, where to donate, and how to enter the Raffle. You know how long it’s running. And you know it’s one entry per donation receipt, no matter what the monetary value of the donation.

So… what’s the loot? Oh come on, it can’t be a WoW thing without Epic Loot, right?

So, here are the Prizes we have so far. One prize will be awarded per winning entry, so there will be multiple winners. Isn’t that nice? This list may grow if we get more wonderful, generous donations from sponsors!

Prize List

  • A Petopia 2009 Calendar from Mania at Petopia!
  • A handcrafted lap size Quilt with the WoW class icon of the winners’ choice on it, created by Galadria of Galadria’s Corner! The quilt will be about 36″ x 48″, with the icon taking up most of the center of the quilt.  As it is a custom, handcrafted item, there will be some time and communication involved between the winner and Galadria to work out the specifics of what is wanted, and to allow for the actual making of the quilt. Galadria has said she could also personalize it with a character’s name and server, if desired. Frankly, I think this is insanely awesome.
  • “The Footsteps of Illidan” Trading Card Game code for the Path of Illidan item, from Bellwether of 4 Haelz!
  • Two T-shirts, each of the winner’s choice from The Big Bear Butt Store! Yeah, I know, compared to the other prizes, a shirt is kind of lame. I do what I can. I’ll try to come up with something else to add, dangit.

As I said, I am also happy to accept donations of items to provide as prizes for the Raffle. If you are interested in donating an item or service, please contact me at tigerlordgm [at] yahoo [dot] com, Title: Bear Blog Donations.

Get out there and donate!

Child’s Play is in da House!

It’s that wonderful time of year, when Child’s Play is once more rolling into action.

And of course, I will be exhorting you to do your part.

/exhort
/exhort
/whipsmack!

Okay, I better stop. Some of you are starting to get excited.

This year, Cassie and I will be donating as usual, but I’m also going to do something a bit more ‘reader involving’.

This year, I will be holding some kind of charity drive, where I will have prizes, and you can donate money for a chance to win.

I think it should go without saying that 100% of the money collected will go to Child’s Play. But nah, I better say it.

100% of the money brought in will go to Child’s Play.

There will be more about that very soon, after Cassie and I figure out what form it should take. A raffle seems obvious, but there must be certain limitations on some types of events based on legal rules from various countries. Quebec, I understand, hates for it’s citizens to win prizes. So we will have to investigate.

If you happen to HAVE a prize you would like to donate, feel free to contact me at “tigerlordgm AT yahoo DOT com” to work out the details. Title of email – Bear Blog Childs Play.

In the meantime, remember… a donation to Child’s Play serves two wonderful purposes…

It provides some measure of comfort, joy and distraction to children all over the world who are sick and suffering in Children’s Hospitals…

And it provides a wonderful /facepalm to all those ignorant asshats that think all gamers are selfish anti-social basement-dwelling geeks that live at mommy’s house and plan Columbine-style massacres to make up for feelings of inadequacy.

Just think, every time you donate a dollar to Child’s Play, you make Jack Thompson cry.

Cry painful, bitter tears.

How can you possibly resist?

HOW?!?!