Results of the Spaf’s Bow Tie Auction for Charity/Non-profits

The auction closed yesterday.  My sincere thanks to everyone who participated.  I was unsure how much interest it would generate, and somewhat concerned about whether it would generate anything significant for the organizations.  Pleasantly, a number of people responded with generous pledges.

Here are the winning bidders, bids, and destinations for each tie:

  1. Jon Loeliger, $175, the Breast Cancer Resource Center of Austin, TX
  2. Bryn Dole, $150, Purdue University/CERIAS
  3. David Elliott Bell, $300,  Purdue University/CERIAS
  4. David W. Baker, $350,  Purdue University/CERIAS
  5. Henrik Kramshøj, $150, UNICEF
  6. Karen Lopez, $501, Purdue University/CERIAS
  7. Bryn Dole, $150, Purdue University/CERIAS
  8. Aaron Lepold, $150, American Cancer Society
  9. Linda McGlasson, $125, Purdue University/CERIAS
  10. Lynn Terwoerds, $150, UNICEF

Additionally, Paul Rosenzweig pledged $100 to Purdue University/CERIAS.  If that bid had won a tie, he was going to donate it to a worthy grad student.  (Paul is a regular bow tie wearer, too.)

As per the “goodies” offer in the original post, Bryn, David. David, Karen, Linda and Paul will each get a CERIAS challenge coin.   Bryn, David, David and Karen will also receive a CERIAS-logo item.  And Karen will get treated to dinner and a bow tie-tying lesson from me if we manage to determine a shared location sometime before too long.  No one made a $1000+ pledge, so I don’t need to reveal what I had in mind for that. 🙂

Additionally, although I didn’t disclose this in the original post, I made a personal commitment to ensure that all the charities I listed get something out of this.   Therefore, in addition to whatever I may donate at year’s end, I donated (from personal funds) $150 to each of:

Thus, the total amount raised for these organizations from this mini-event comes out to $3051 — and no one was required to dump anything on their heads!

If you would like to toss in a donation as part of this overall effort, please do so!  These are all great groups and worthy of support.  I will honor my “goodies” offers for any donations made through the end of August!  Contact me for details.


Charity Auction — Some of Spaf’s Bow Ties!

Total bids + 6 pledges (no tie):  $3051 — Auction closed!

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Keeping My 2012 New Years Resolutions

Only 48 hours more to go and I will have kept ALL of my 2012 New Years resolutions. This may only be the 2nd or 3rd year I can claim that.

How do I manage to keep all my resolutions? By setting reasonable goals that I believe I can keep, and by encouraging my friends and family to help me along the way.

Here were this year’s resolutions:

  1. Keep up my 50+ year streak of not contracting typhoid
  2. Do not take up playing the tuba for a hobby
  3. Don’t become senile
  4. Eat moderately and drink with restraint on every weekday whose name does not end in “y”
  5. Remember to wear pants to work at least 85% of the time
  6. Don’t ride a unicycle around Botswana and solicit people to donate to a charity for the pet rescued baby seals of crippled neoplastic orphans in foreclosure in “support” of my journey
  7. If the Mayan Apocalypse occurs, bring marshmallows and sticks on which to toast them
  8. In the men’s room, this year remember to unzip first
  9. Despite his wonderful record, do not cast a write-in vote for Calvin Coolidge on election day. Again.
  10. Don’t become senile
  11. Remember the Maine
  12. Avoid being irresistible to women. And vicuñas. And salamanders.
  13. Close cover before striking.
  14. Always put “i” before “e” except when sounding like “a” as in neighbor and weigh. And weird. And neither. And ageism. And counterfeit. And foreign. And atheist. And caffeine. And deceit…. OK, forget that one.
  15. Do not allow myself to be abducted by aliens in UFOs more than 4 times this year. Unless Adriana Lima and Alessandra Ambrosio are actually aliens, in which case don’t stop at 4 times.
  16. Do not volunteer to be a sacrifice for Cthulhu or any of the Elder Gods
  17. Don’t become senile.

Odd, I thought I only had 15 resolutions….

I have only a couple of days left for resolutions for 2013. I welcome your suggestions, but keep in mind I have two principles to apply to resolutions:

  • When consumed with a terrible struggle to resist some temptation — give in: voila, no more struggle!
  • “When choosing between two evils, I always like to try the one I’ve never tried before.” (Mae West)

Best wishes for a great 2013!

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