Sunday, December 13, 2009

Auction Preliminary Results

This Auction has been the most amazing experience for me. It has been a lot of work, but the rewards have been so great that I am thinking I may have to make this an annual event. Next year I think I will have readers nominate a family in need and then we will choose a family from those nominated and do an auction for them.


Really, the spirit of Christmas is so infused into this auction that it just makes me feel all warm inside. I mean I have really seen the goodness of the human spirit come out over the past 12 days. I have seen generous donations and bids. I have seen friends and strangers trying to help out a sister in need. I have seen cancer patients and bereaved mothers donating their handmade goods to help raise money. More than one of the items donated were handmade by women currently undergoing chemo. I mean come on! If that isn't the spirit of Christmas ...


It is the spirit of sacrifice. And it is one of the most beautiful and touching things to behold. It is the greatest gift we can give at this Christmas season. For it is in like manner that the Father sacrificed his Only Begotten and let Him come to Earth for a season to show us the way Home.


So thank you to all of you for showing me your gifts of sacrifice and helping me magnify the spirit of Christmas this year.


Now for the RESULTS!!!


I will share with you here the tally of all the winning bids. That information I do have. It is not however the final amount raised by the auction that I will be putting in the Memorial Fund. You see, the sacrificing spirit has carried over beyond the bidding and many of our winners (and even some who didn't win) are paying more than they bid. They are rounding up or, in some cases, doubling or more their bids. And I have even had a few donations from people who didn't take part in the auction online.


So it is impossible for me to tally the total we will together have raised to help out Emily through this Auction until I receive all the payments. I WILL share that information as soon as I have it. In fact I will take a photo of my computer screen after I deposit the money in Emily's Memorial Fund so you can all see that the money got there.


But for now the tally of JUST the winning bids (not including donations I have received) is: 


$5,820.50

22 comments:

Brittany said...

That is awesome! I can't believe it. I'm excited to see the final number.

StakerSensations said...

oh yeah for her!!!! She deserves it. I am holding an auction for a dear dear family that has two children needing liver and kidney transplants. Send everyone you can my way! I am collecting donation items to auction this week! THanks, Shannon!

StakerSensations said...

One more think Stephanie. Since you have a way of contacting Emily. Will you please have her email me at shannon_staker@hotmail.com I would LVOE to give her the same amount of giftcard to my shop that the winner bid on for the one I donated to the auction! Thanks

Diana...aka...MeMe said...

So wonderful! You are wonderful too!!

sarah s. said...

Awesome Stephanie! That amount is incredible... Truly inspiring!

Carol said...

Nice! Good job Stephanie!

Anonymous said...

That is wonderful!
Thank you so much for doing this :)

Turtles In North Dakota said...

This is wonderful!!

Julie said...

That is wonderful- you are wonderful.

Tristina said...

Amazing! I love, love, love the idea of making the auction a yearly tradition!

Miss Molly said...

Absolutely amazing!

The Alvords said...

Stephanie,

Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to give a little this holiday season. This auction has been thrilling to be a part of. Thank you for all of your hard work in putting this together.

I just wanted to let you know that I will be donating half of my hat sales to Emily until the end of the year. I have had some people contact me through the auction asking where they can find my hats. I have added the ones I auctioned off here, on my Etsy site. They can be purchased there, www.etsy.com/shop/pearlandpauper.
If you have anyone ask about the hats, please direct them there or have them email me at courtneyspiker@msn.com.

Again, half of my sales will go straight to Emily.

Thank you,
Courtney Alvord.

JSR Photography said...

So, SO wonderful!

Jen & Matt said...

That is awesome!!! I think choosing a family once a year is a GREAT idea!!! I would love to donate items every year.

It's nice to see that the Christmas spirit is still alive and well - even in these times. :)

Jen :)
http://www.artsandcraftiness101.etsy.com

Amalie said...

that is wonderful!! god bless you and your family as well as emily's.

Kenon said...

THIS IS SO AMAZING!!! :)

I am a friend of Emily's and I wish all of you knew her, so that you could know what an amazing person you are helping. She is so wonderful, and is so loved in our community because of the Christlike example she and John have set for all of us. We are so glad to have her back home and want her to be able to stay as long as possible...so THANK YOU for doing this for her!!! She deserves it.

Recovering from addictions said...

this has been so wonderful to see all that has transpired because of your auction. I wish that I could have bid or put something in the auction! Hopefully next year. I am however going to go put money in the Emily Jones Memorial Fund (sadly it wont be much this year, but it all adds up right)

Rebecca Whitcomb North said...

Truly inspiring!

April said...

wow!

Cynthia and Bryan said...

That is sooo amazing ! Steph you are amazing, what a wonderful idea to help this sweet little momma !

Sharalea said...

AWESOME. Thanks for the TIME & ENERGY you spent on this--amazing!

Saylorsmom said...

That is wonderful. so glad to be a part of this. Merry Christmas!