The Highpointers Foundation has launched a Silent Auction capability on their website so check it out!!! The first Silent Auction ended at the NJ-09 convention, with $500 being raised when a Frank Ashley US State Highpoints signed guidebook was auctioned. This particular Silent Auction is being held from October 1st, 2009 thru November 30th at 6 p.m. EDT.
The featured item this quarter is an original, signed, "Sir Edmund Hillary - Nothing Venture - Nothing Win Autobiography" from 1975 (author Ed Hillary passed away in the year 2008 so this is a rare opportunity to score a signed copy of his autobiography). This treasured item can only be seen in the libraries of a few venerable alpinists. Copies of this book, depending upon condition, printing date, etc, are offered for sale on Mike Chessler's website www.ChesslerBooks.com for from one hundred to several hundred dollars.
Get more information from The Foundation at:
Their Home Page at: www.highpointersfoundation.org and click on the "Fundraising" button at the top of the page.
Their Fund Raising Page at: www.highpointersfoundation.org/HPF/fundraising.html and then click to the "Silent Auction Page" prominently displayed as a link.
Fill out the Bid form, and submit a bid. Bids must be at least $10 higher than the current high bid.
All bid activity will be updated daily, but is not instantaneous. The amount of the donation above and beyond the value of the book from the winning bidder is tax deductible so please consult your tax professional.
The Newsletter has just gone to the Printers this week, and may go to the Mailinghouse today (Fri Nov 6th). It won't reach mail boxes until maybe Nov 15th - 25th or so.
It wouldn't be fair to all Highpointers to not be able to participate in this auction; many won't hear about it until they receive their newsletters.
We decided to push the Auction date back to Friday the 18th of December.
Thanx for participating; we have a record number of bidders, and may soon exceed the amount we raised for the Frank Ashley book this sumer. Remember, you can decide which state highpoint project you would like to see your contribution devoted to, if you choose.