Debriefing the #cRAftingForCharity Auctions [Results!!!]

Auctions over – Guylty out” that’s the tabloid headline for this post, whereas a quality publication would probably focus on the hard facts (the proceeds of the auctions and donations) and the moral dimension (the thanks due to the supporters) of this initiative. Let’s stay classy then and talk about the success of this fundraiser. Because that is what you are dying to know…

Let me torture you precede that by saying that this auction has surpassed my dreams – again. With the previous auction less than four months ago, I did not bank on your ability or willingness to “cough up” again. When it became clear some time yesterday evening, well before the auction was closing, that we had broken the previous record, I was already overjoyed. Confetti. Balloons. 🙂 But overnight new bids came in and then in the final half hour of the auctions, it got really busy (and I had to interrupt my – literally – half-baked idea of baking a cake an hour before auction end… *doh*). All nine auction items/packages crossed the three-figure mark. A fantastic result! Here are the particulars:

  • Sinnamin Plushie-Doodle Package………………………..$149
  • Lily Red Dragon Tapestry…………………………………….$114
  • Picnic RAPS Package……………………………………….$150
  • Obscura Tote Bag……………………………………………..$200
  • Pat Thornton Thorin Package……………………………….$125
  • Guy RAPS Package………………………………………….$210
  • Kellys Crucible Package……………………………………..$175
  • Dolarhyde RAPS Package…………………………………..$175
  • Custom RAPS………………………………………………….$175
  • Auction Total……………………………………………….. $1473

This auction would not have been possible without the generous gifts from the auction supporters above who gave items to be auctioned: A massive thank you to them. I’d like to mention that Obscura was instrumental in getting me to put on an auction again and volunteered the first item for the auction – thank you. Edit: And how could I forget Pollysthings from Tumblr who had sent me “gifts for future use” that inspired the three ready-made shrines in the auction! Thank you. I would also like to emphasize that I am more than grateful to Sinnamin, Lily, Pat, Kelly and Kelly for reaching out to me. Upon hearing about the upcoming auction they got in touch with me unprompted to offer items. Further mention to supporters who have chipped in with postage costs, as always unprompted: Perry, CraMERRY, Hariclea, Mimi and SheRA. – The following messages from bidders and donors, which I have received, are for you all: [Click on pics to enlarge]

This is also the point when I can announce the winner of the mini-RAPS which I had thrown in as an incentive to bid in my Half-Way Post. The lucky winner is… Linda60!!! Congratulations! (For the draw protocol, click the blue box.)

A thank you also goes out to all of you who have sent in donations. Many of you sent me bids for auctions, declaring at the same time that you would donate the amount you were bidding in case your bid did not win. Some winners topped up their bid with a donation. Others made a voluntary donation without a bid. And I also know of followers of the auction who donated independently to the cause and have made a contribution already. The preliminary result of the donations collected through #cRAftingForCharity amounts to a stunning $ 915.50.

Lastly, I fully agree with a certain someone who once said “It’s definitely time to give, and that gesture doesn’t have a monetary value to me.” [Punctuation my own ;-P] He added on, “even if you have little to give, a few coins in a box, a moment of your time, or just your consideration, is something.” In that spirit many fellow sisters-in-RA helped spreading the message by blogging, reblogging, tweeting, retweeting and drumming up attention for the initiative on other platforms. I appreciate that very much. Thank you!

So, in case you haven’t added it up yet, at this point in time, the preliminary total, including auction results *and* donations is… *drumroll*

Prelim Total

Thank you!!! I will post the final sum that we made with the auctions as soon as I have received the pledged money from all participants. If anyone would still like to contribute, the donations are still open and you can send me an e-mail to guylty (at) photographer (dot) net if you would like to donate. Anyone who donates will be in the raffle for a mini-RAPS, as promised! I am planning to donate at the end of the week. Once all donations are in and I have transferred the money to Save the Children’s Syrian Children’s Relief Fund, I will post on my blog, and my “external arbiters” Helen and CraMERRY will be sent proof of the transaction.

So, please pat yourselves all on the back, now. You are all winners – for showing compassion, generosity and kindness of spirit. It’s a pleasure to be in this with you. Thank you!

57 thoughts on “Debriefing the #cRAftingForCharity Auctions [Results!!!]

    • Oh, sorry to hear about a difficult day at work, J. But I am glad if the initiative has lifted your spirits. It’s wonderful to see what a community/group can achieve. High five back 🙂

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  1. Oh wow! That’s just fantastic :D. Kudos to you and to everyone who contributed to this event. I know the various items will be much appreciated and enjoyed by the auction winners, who can also take much satisfaction in knowing their winning bids are going to such a good cause. ❤

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    • That is the most gratifying thing in this – doing something for fun, and then getting something out of it for a good cause. I can’t wait to send the donation on to Save the Children 🙂

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  2. What a fabulous result! A huge thankyou to you Guylty for organising it and kudos to all involved. Very proud to be a part of the Armitage fandom.

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  3. I. Can’t. Even!!! WOW! This is far beyond what I expected to raise. (I don’t know why…it’s not as if this fandom doesn’t have a long history of supporting charitable causes!) Kudos all around – and especially to you and your indomitable verve!!

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    • You are right – the fandom has proven on many occasions that they will gladly give time or money to good causes. And yet, one never wants to be presumptious about that. I am truly grateful to all that helped, whether they donated time or money. It’s all for a good cause. Thanks!

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  4. Reblogged this on My Sort of Bloke and commented:
    Years ago, Guylty dumped her ‘movie boyfriend’ Keanu Reeves for a certain English ‘tall, gangly bloke’ with a chocolate voice. Since then, she has helmed many a project – gifts and auctions – to help those in need. (Including, I may say, a good number of her RArmy friends.)

    Go ahead and read the results of her latest auction on behalf of many innocents who are victims of a few politicians lust for power.

    P.S: Keanu would be very proud of you, my friend! 😉

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  5. Wow, this is just an amazing resut!! And hats off to you (and your cRAfting for charity partners) for organizing it all! I hope you were able to get some well-deserved rest last night. 🙂 Thank you for doing this!

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        • I’ve been on the phone with Paypal three times in the last two days. Not sure whether everything is sorted, but well… technology… And *whoop* – you are going to HobbitCon?

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          • uuf, i sure they got it sorted for you, otherwise their service is really good. what a shame for this hickup!
            Yes, looks like it, might be the last one and my friend spoke so enthusiastically about it and she organised the tickets and the hotel in Bonn so i decided to go along as i should have more fun than i did in the London Con since it is something i am much more interested in 🙂 Curiosity drives me 😉 I just pre-ordered the extended edition as well 😉

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  6. This is sooooooooo fantastic! Thanks to all the hard-working ladies donating their hand-made items to this special charity event (all made with abundance of love and a certain handsome man in their minds…. 😉 ) and to all the others who had a helping hand, or a helping word in the process of making this happen. And a BIG BIG thank you to the organiser and host of the smashing party…….. Our dear lady from the North…Ms (very guylty) photographer… at least from where I’m looking up! Cheers!

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