This was short and sweet: A week after I sprung the plan of a charity fundraiser on you, the donations and auction prices have rolled in. I have had final confirmation from
the anonymous donor “Mr HErmitage” behind the scenes that he will cough up. In fact I had communication from his go-between, and she gives us insight how the generous donation came to pass. Writes she:
Mr. Hermitage and a few actor friends were enjoying cocktails in the Polo Lounge, not the one in Beverly Hills, but the one a little further south in Inglewood. He prefers to go where he is not recognized or pestered by eager fans, and the Lounge is a favorite hangout. As he sipped his dirty martini and admired his long, tapered fingers holding the glass gracefully, he remarked to his friends in his beautifully deep voice. “Guys, I may have screwed up big time.” “What is it this time?” Chris Temsworth asked as he sipped his cucumber mojito. Tom Widdleson and Ben Cumberbund leaned in so as not to miss a word. “I promised to match a charity donation.” His friends congratulated him on his humanitarian efforts and gave him a hearty toast. “You don’t get it. I never thought these women would raise so much money with their love of Armitage (he found it hard to get his rival’s name out of his mouth without his famous sneer.) I am a little short this month and I can’t donate to the cause without having my electricity turned off.” “Dude, when are you going to learn to let the Armitage thing go? So what if his Red Dragon is about to debut. You have that great tv movie for the sci-fi channel coming out, the Blue Lizard, right?” Temsworth said while putting a comforting arm around Hermitage’s shapely and broad shoulders. “No worries, we will help you make up the amount. It’s for a good cause. I never would have thought those women could raise so much money either. I will never understand what they see in that Armitage guy.
Mr HErmitage,Messrs W., T. and C. and Miss Go-Between for bumping up the funds. And so it is with great pleasure that I can announce the final tally now. This is what I have asked the most deadly guardian of treasure to keep an eye on:
Well done, everyone! Please pat yourselves on the back! You have done great!
The total donation sum may fluctuate a bit according to exchange rate – a number of donations were made in GB£ and €uro, and in a number as grand as this one, the currency conversion will have a noticeable effect. But it is safe to say that the funds raised are an amazing number. I am planning to transfer the money at the weekend and will notify my arbiters Claudia and Helen when I have done so.
On a personal note I would also like to say that it was gratifying to the extreme to organize this fundraiser. I had a great time, watching all those bids coming in, adding up figures, and most of all communicating with bidders and donors behind the scene. I was very pleased to see that the project reached cross-platform (Pinterest, Twitter, Tumblr), and was surprised to hear that a few participants – who were previously little or unknown to me – are regular, silent readers. I respect your decision to stay under the radar, but please be assured that you are always welcome to “de-lurk” and be part of the discussion and chat!
Thank you, first, last, once and for all!
Now, please read on, though, because I’d like to show you something else. First – and in good old, PR-compatible and teasing manner – a few introductory words.
Hark up, Armitage, and observe closely what I am doing. This is called “creating suspense while blowing one’s own horn”. Popular marketing strategy that could be useful for your own purposes!! early on in the course of the auction I thought that I should really reward anybody who a) gave money voluntarily or b) bid and therefore risked having to cough up the steeply rising prices. Just a small thank you, for fun. But also an incentive to bid. @RCArmitage: That is another marketing ploy: Bait people with a freebie! I can think of a few things *you* could throw into the ring, and which wouldn’t cost you a thing…
Since I am short of money but rich in inspiRAtion (see what I did there?), I quickly had the idea to put Mimi’s “Altoid smalls” tin to use. Perfect for RAPSoids (n., definition: of similar form to a RAPS, but not the same as. Having the likeness of a RAPS. Suffix appended to “RAPS” to denote the small, simple version of the larger and more intricate pocket shrine variety.) while less labour-intensive for the
lazy-bum work-shy Guylty. Also a great opportunity to use up the bits and bobs of previously printed but never used RA imagery. I’ll also add that the whole collection of 16 RAPSoids works as a unified body of work, which is a new approach to shrining that I had been eager to explore. I wonder whether you can spot the rhyme and reason to it? So here I present you –
a collection of 16 RAPSoids, a special edition of pocket shrines for participants in the RAPS for Charity drive[The best way of looking at these is by clicking on the first one, which brings up the picture in larger size, and then navigate further by using the right arrow on your keyboard. No slide show, so you can take your time perusing the picture; ETA: Please do not leave comments on pictures – apparently every comment elicits a notification and thus creates spam in readers’ inboxes!]
So, which one is your favourite? And what is the unifying element of the collection?
These thank you gifts will go on their way soon. I will be in touch via e-mail with all eligible participants whose addresses I need to confirm. Please watch out for an e-mail 🙂 I’d also like to mention here that Perry very kindly and without any prompting sent in a donation to help me with my
self-incurred postage costs. Thank you for that, Perry – I very much appreciate your kind gesture ❤ .
I hope the recipients will not be disappointed that I will not be able to let them choose individually which RAPSoid they will receive. Logistically impossible and too time-consuming. They will be allocated in alphabetical order instead. Also, since I had not anticipated that there could possibly be more participants than I had RAPSoids, I will have to create 3 similar mini-thank you-shrines for the remaining 3 participants. To be done and revealed, soon.
Thanks for reading through this all. You are… well, you know what you are 🙂