Like so many others, I was terribly disappointed when the NAMHSA board announced that decision. In addition to being a terrific fundraiser, the auction is wonderful showcase of hobby talent. Some of the hobby's top artists have created their best works specifically for this auction, and together with my friend Jane Schneider, I have been a proud auction donor for each of the last three years.
Fortunately, where there's a will, there's usually a way. My friend Teresa Buzzell is on the NAMHSA board, and she took it upon herself to organize an alternate fundraising event.Teresa writes: After we on the BOD decided that an auction was not feasible for NAN this year, I thought long and hard about possibly doing a raffle. I am going to NAN this year (I hit all the indy ones) and knew people who would have extra space if necessary to help me ferry stuff to Tucson. I had a list of people to ask in my head and have ran raffles before for my own shows. I also thought that I have a good handle of how to make the individual lots attractive to people to purchase. Also, I had a pretty concrete idea on how to get donations and market them. (And I knew I could bug Jennifer and other friends to help!)
I wrote a detailed proposal for a raffle and submitted it to the BOD, covering just about everything that I could think of. I knew that the touchy subject of what happened in 2010 was forefront in our minds and wrote a lot of it with that in mind.
The BOD approved the proposal and I was able to put it into play once I made sure it was legal. You can certainly tell what my hobby focuses are in the items that are in the raffle. I am a performance person who also enjoys clinkies. (Especially if they can do performance :D) Plus, I asked a lot of people I consider to be good friends to donate - definitely using up my stack of favors! (Thankfully, many of my friends are tack makers and sculptor/painters...)
One of my pet projects is an all NIB Breyer Extravaganza lot. All items are donated at 100% (and we're looking for MORE!) and will be raffled off as a group lot - one ticket takes it ALL home. Tickets for this are just a $1! So far, we have a (all NIB) Alborozo, new issue Kong, glossy Valentine/Heartbreaker, All Glory, etc. Even if some of these are duplicates to your collection, the price is well worth the opportunity to win!
Please join me in thanking Teresa for her efforts in making this raffle a reality! In addition to donating a complete set of huntseat tack, I will also be helping Teresa photograph the raffle items as they come in. Trust me when I say that she's expecting a lot of really nice stuff--start saving your pennies now!