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  posted on 4/23/2009 at 04:25 PM
I just got off the phone with Clay Pelland, one of Captain Skipper's closest friends on this site. Clay asked me to relay this message on Skip's behalf:

First of all, they have received hopeful news regarding Sherry. I don't know all of the details, but I was told that there is a good chance her quality of life can be improved, and steps are being taken to make that a reality.

Secondly, Skip expressed his sincere gratitude with all of the efforts to help him and his family during their time of need. He is extremely thankful.

Finally, he asked us to stop. Through the auction proceeds, raffles, sales, and private donations from members here and friends from other facets of his life, the family is at a point where "financial hardship" can be removed from the list. To put it simply, monetarily, they have what they need. What a great thing.

There are of course a number of activities still in full swing, and others in the planning stages, like the number of auctions I myself still have to get up and running. So, what is to be done?

As we see it (Clay and myself), there are a couple of options. Those auctions, etc., that are still in progress, or those cases where checks to Tara are already on the way - this activity should continue, and the proceeds should be directed to Skip and his family as originally planned. Certainly this "tapering off" can be accepted as an appropriate way to wrap things up.

However, abiding by Skipper's request would imply that no new activities or auctions be launched at this time.

Clay was quite adamant, and I'm sure those who know Skipper well would agree, that Skipper would insist that any future efforts be directed to another individual or family in need.

It so happens that we do have another family facing similar trials.

Many will remember that early in March, Lefty donated two extra Beacon tickets he had to raise funds for the Seaman family to help them cope with our young brother Tyler's challenges. That effort was successful, and we raised over $1,100.00 to help the Seaman family. But lets be realistic - that amount, while surely helpful, would be just a drop in the bucket in the face of the monumental demands such a situation would involve.

Furthermore, with the recent activity for Skipper, we've seen first hand how POWERFUL this community can be when it rallies around a cause.

I suggest we maintain the rally, but at this time, change the cause.

Specifically, here's what I propose:

I will be contacting all of the individuals waiting on me to start auctions and suggest that they still donate their items, but that the proceeds go to the Seaman family. In addition, I will ask goldtop if I can continue to sell the GLRBR CD's for the same purpose. Also, I would ask that any of you who have items to donate, or were planning auctions and just haven't got around to it yet, to follow through with your plan, but consider the Seaman family as the benefactors now that Skip's family has regained some measure of financial stability.

So, that's about it.

Who's with me?



P.S. - seeing Gary's name signed up for a jar of jam nearly brought tears to my eyes. It's easy to give from abundance, but giving from your need is truly remarkable.

 

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  posted on 4/23/2009 at 04:32 PM
I'm with you, Randy! i just hope there's some momentum left...

 

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  posted on 4/23/2009 at 04:35 PM
I'm sure there's plenty of energy out there . . . a brief respite might be in order, however.

 

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  posted on 4/23/2009 at 04:53 PM
I've got 3 auctions, one closed w/ money on the way to coot. One ends Saturday night & the 3rd next Wednesday. I'll make sure the funds get to you & leave it up to you guys to figure out the best place to send the cash... Jim

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One check is heading to coot, the other to Randy from the closed auction, IRSA cds...




[Edited on 4/24/2009 by jcb]

 

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  posted on 4/23/2009 at 04:57 PM
I think in any case where people have been bidding with the understanding that the funds go to Skip, the proper thing to do is to in fact forward them on to Skip.

 

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  posted on 4/23/2009 at 05:01 PM
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I think in any case where people have been bidding with the understanding that the funds go to Skip, the proper thing to do is to in fact forward them on to Skip.


I agree 100%.

 

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  posted on 4/23/2009 at 05:12 PM
well, i do know that helping those in need is what community and family is supposed to be all about..Droogie, you and all involved in this are remarkable people

 

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I think in any case where people have been bidding with the understanding that the funds go to Skip, the proper thing to do is to in fact forward them on to Skip.


I agree 100%.


Makes sense to me, i inferred that Skip would not accept further donations...

 

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  posted on 4/23/2009 at 05:17 PM
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I just got off the phone with Clay Pelland, one of Captain Skipper's closest friends on this site. Clay asked me to relay this message on Skip's behalf:

First of all, they have received hopeful news regarding Sherry. I don't know all of the details, but I was told that there is a good chance her quality of life can be improved, and steps are being taken to make that a reality.

Secondly, Skip expressed his sincere gratitude with all of the efforts to help him and his family during their time of need. He is extremely thankful.

Finally, he asked us to stop. Through the auction proceeds, raffles, sales, and private donations from members here and friends from other facets of his life, the family is at a point where "financial hardship" can be removed from the list. To put it simply, monetarily, they have what they need. What a great thing.

There are of course a number of activities still in full swing, and others in the planning stages, like the number of auctions I myself still have to get up and running. So, what is to be done?

As we see it (Clay and myself), there are a couple of options. Those auctions, etc., that are still in progress, or those cases where checks to Tara are already on the way - this activity should continue, and the proceeds should be directed to Skip and his family as originally planned. Certainly this "tapering off" can be accepted as an appropriate way to wrap things up.

However, abiding by Skipper's request would imply that no new activities or auctions be launched at this time.

Clay was quite adamant, and I'm sure those who know Skipper well would agree, that Skipper would insist that any future efforts be directed to another individual or family in need.

It so happens that we do have another family facing similar trials.

Many will remember that early in March, Lefty donated two extra Beacon tickets he had to raise funds for the Seaman family to help them cope with our young brother Tyler's challenges. That effort was successful, and we raised over $1,100.00 to help the Seaman family. But lets be realistic - that amount, while surely helpful, would be just a drop in the bucket in the face of the monumental demands such a situation would involve.

Furthermore, with the recent activity for Skipper, we've seen first hand how POWERFUL this community can be when it rallies around a cause.

I suggest we maintain the rally, but at this time, change the cause.

Specifically, here's what I propose:

I will be contacting all of the individuals waiting on me to start auctions and suggest that they still donate their items, but that the proceeds go to the Seaman family. In addition, I will ask goldtop if I can continue to sell the GLRBR CD's for the same purpose. Also, I would ask that any of you who have items to donate, or were planning auctions and just haven't got around to it yet, to follow through with your plan, but consider the Seaman family as the benefactors now that Skip's family has regained some measure of financial stability.

So, that's about it.

Who's with me?



P.S. - seeing Gary's name signed up for a jar of jam nearly brought tears to my eyes. It's easy to give from abundance, but giving from your need is truly remarkable.



Randy....use those CD's to raise funds for whom ever needs help.......

 

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  posted on 4/23/2009 at 06:06 PM
Hey there sweet family,

We're in! Rowland and I have one auction we're waiting to receive payment for, and another in progress for Skip. Beyond that, we've identified a lot of memorabillia that has a higher calling than having us look at it.

Take care and know that you are loved ... each and every wonderful one of you! ((group hug))

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I just want to say thanks to all involved in these fund raising activities ... makes me feel very proud to be able to think of you all as my friends ... even though because of the pond between us some of you I have not had the privilege of shaking hands with in person ... yet ...

 

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  posted on 4/23/2009 at 06:31 PM
Hi again sweet family,

Update: We have received the generous bid on our closed auction!

More love,

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  posted on 4/23/2009 at 07:45 PM
Great idea, Randy. You can count on me.

 

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  posted on 4/24/2009 at 07:04 AM
This is great news! The folks around here are very generous and ready to step up to the plate when one of our own is in need. So many of you helped with Barry's benefits and we saw first hand how kind and generous this bunch can be. Amazing, and we are forever grateful! Continued prayers for Skip andSherri.

 

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  posted on 4/24/2009 at 07:57 AM
Wonderful idea, Randy! And encouraging news about Sherri - prayers continue to be sent AZ way and hoping the steps being taken indeed lead to the reality.

 

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  posted on 4/24/2009 at 08:42 AM
I still have a couple of dandy (at least IMO ) items to help a real special family on the east coast.



My two existing auctions for Skip, one ends today and the other that I'm coordinating (the shirt raffle) ends Monday.

So, we'll "refuel" and send some love and support to a bunch of "Nutts."

 

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  posted on 4/24/2009 at 09:14 AM
Sounds good.

Prayers to Skip and Sherry.

 

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