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  1. Ed Jewett's Avatar
    Two weeks ago, my wife and I took a few days to go north for a brief R&R, staying at a B&B in East Boothbay, Maine. I was stocked with a few articles on reinventing myself post stroke recovery, one of which challenged me in several ways. It said that “tribes of talented individuals who are connected, mutually trustful and supported by one another are in a position to create a movement, to deliver items of value, to move ideas forward faster than any individual ever could.” Lurking in the back of my mind was the challenge of fund-raising for the Kawasaki Disease Foundation and the challenge set forth by Nate Appleman to fund the research chair and the research agenda for the long run. The operative method, among others, is a gala dinner with an auction. Perhaps I should divert to spend some time researching how best to use auctions for fund-raising, but it occurred to me, sitting in a setting stocked with artisans, that the KDF already has a small community. The article went on to say that “If you interact with others, you have a platform to create something new, something that changes everything. I call that art. Art is the opposite of trigonometry. Art never follows instructions or a manual or boss’s orders. Instead, art is the very human act of creating the uncreated, of connecting with another person at a human level.

    What I thought about, in terms of my own re-invention, was getting back to photography, this time in digital format. What I thought about was that I could create a piece of photographic art and then donate it to the auction. What I thought about was that, if I could do that, dozens of other KDF supporters could do the same, choosing their own field or method of creativity.

    Then it occurred to me that many of us know of, participate in, vacation in, or live in a community with a body of artists, artisans, creative people, whose works are frequently offered to the world.

    It then occurred to me that all of these KDF people could be organized, perhaps into teams for some competitiveness, or simply working alone, and write letters or notes or make phone calls to some of these creative types (many of whom are pre-clustered into areas or associations) and ask them to donate a piece for a forthcoming auction. [It may be too late, except perhaps as a trial run, to do this for the next event. It is not too late to begin organizing and reaching out for the event in the following years.]

    If teams are created, perhaps on the basis of geographical region, then the team that generates the most income from donations gets some recognition and reward (aside from the obvious internal ones).

    Those who donate get the recognition of some notice in the auction ... piece provided by ____ of _____ ... and the feedback from the team member who organized, or a letter of thanks and recognition to their local newspaper, and perhaps for having generated a significant degree of cash to the KDF. Presumably all of this can be coordinated at very very low cost by a volunteer or committee.

    Professional artisans can provide a piece of work that is leftover inventory, or not selling particularly well, and take a tax write-off.

    Finally, sitting in a B&B run by a very good chef whose book of recipes was available for purchase, it occurred to me that volunteers from the KDF might also ask professional associations in their areas to create “gift boxes” of such small-ticket items or freebies or promotional items and bundle them up as a package and make them available for auction. For example, the Boothbay region could have a package of ten items which might glean an auction price of $10-15. The region gets the publicity; the highest bidder gets the pleasure of a glimpse at an advanced vacation, etc. The KDF gets another $10-15.


    “To Save a Child’s Heart” Celebrity Chefs Cook for KD A Gala To Benefit KD Research
    In-Kind Donor Form
    Name: Phone number: (  ) Company:
    Address: E-Mail:
    Donation: ( ) Gift Certificate ( ) Item Brief Description:
    ( ) Service ( ) Travel & Entertainment ( ) Other
    Event Date: October 22, 2011 Expiration Date: ________________ Value: $
    Donor Signature:
    Special Instructions:( ) Item to be delivered by Donor _______ (date) ( ) Item Collected ( ) Gift Certificate Attached ( ) To be Picked up by __________ (date)
    Gala Representative: Phone/Email:
    You may give this donation form to your Gala contact person or mail it to:
    “To Save a Child’s Heart” Celebrity Chefs Cook for KD Gala 5427 Foxhound Way San Diego, CA 92130
    Please detach receipt below for your records. Donations received after September 30, 2011are not guaranteed to to be represented in the program booklet.
    Thank you for your donation to support “To Save a Child’s Heart” Gala and the Kawasaki Disease Foundation,a 501 C-3 Non Profit Organization. You will receive an acknowledgement by mail for your donation. Donations to the Kawasaki Disease Foundation are deductible for income tax purposes to the extent allowed by law. * Establishing value is the privilege and responsibility of the donor. All donations listed herein are irrevocably made to the KD Foundation and the “To Save a Child’s Heart” Gala.
    Donation Item: ___________________________________ Receipt Amount: $_________________ Date: _____________________
    5427 Foxhound Way San Diego, CA 92130 858.205.3113 Kawasaki Disease Foundation, a 501C3 Charitable Corporation #17053137024021,
  2. Ed Jewett's Avatar
    As a follow-up, a letter has been mailed widely and received which says:

    "As a leader in the community, you understand the importance of partnering to achieve a greater goal. Toward that end, we would like to invite you to partner with us in our quest to fund medical research that has the potential to impact thousands of children who could suffer from Kawasaki Disease (KD) by donating goods and/or services to the auction to held at one of San Diego’s most unique events- the 3rd Annual Kawasaki Disease “To Save A Child’s Heart” Gala to be held on Saturday, October 22, 2011 at the Park Hyatt Aviara in Carlsbad, California.

    This year, the gala will offer an irresistible opportunity to dine at a celebrity chef hosted table! Enjoy the evening with a delicious sit down dinner prepared especially for you by one of the many celebrity chefs attending in support of KD research at UC San Diego’s Kawasaki Disease Research Center.

    Celebrity Chef and Honorary Chair Nate Appleman has invited his culinary friends from San Diego and beyond to join him in Cooking for KD. Chef Nate recently competed on the Food Network’s Chopped All Stars to raise funds for KD research and won the title of “All Star Chef”, raising $50,000 for the Kawasaki Disease Foundation! Chef Appleman’s conviction to fund KD research was prompted by the diagnosis of his son Oliver. As Honorary Gala Chair, Chef Appleman continues his mission and hopes to inspire others to join him in making significant contributions to KD research.

    Kawasaki Disease is the #1 cause of acquired heart disease in children. It is estimated that more than 4200 children are diagnosed with Kawasaki Disease in the U.S. each year. And in San Diego, more than 90 new patients are diagnosed and treated annually at Rady Children’s Hospital San Diego. The illness is four to five times more common than some more publicly recognized diseases of children, such as tuberculosis or bacterial meningitis. To learn more about KD, please visit World renowned researcher, Dr. Jane C. Burns leads the charge in KD research at the Kawasaki Disease Research Center at UC San Diego. Proceeds from this event will go to support her work that benefits KD patients around the globe.

    Thank you for your consideration and support. As an In-kind Donor, there is no minimum commitment. We greatly appreciate quality items that can be grouped or auctioned individually. In-Kind Donations that make it in to our Live Auction packages will have prominent recognition and promotion prior to and during the gala. Together we can unite and help provide the way to uncover the cause, support the development of a diagnostic test, and fund the research that will lead to the cure of Kawasaki Disease."