If you saw my post yesterday (Help a Former TSR Editor Keep Her House!) you know we are trying trying to raise money to help former TSR designer, developer and editor Karen Boomgarden keep her house. A non-gaming board Karen and I are on has raised over $1200 of the $2500 or so needed thus far. With the permission of item donor Alexi Debois, I'm sharing 50% of the money donated to the current RetroRoleplaying Cancer Drive for about 48 hours (through 9pm CDT Monday evening) to Karen while giving donors full credit for their donation (for drawings and high donor items) just as if all the money went to the Cancer Fund Drive. You can read yesterday's post for all the details.
I'm happy to say that donors have been very generous. This morning, I totaled up donations so far and sent Karen $328.50 via Paypal. Betwen then and then another $160 (minus Paypal fees which I haven't figured yet) has been earmarked for Karen -- although some of this is in echecks which will not clear until later in the week (which isn't a problem). So about 475-480 has been raised for Karen in the first 24 hours of this "Save Karen's House" drive. This puts the total raised between this blog (480) and the non-gaming forum ($1200+) at about $1700. There are still 24 hours left on the RetroRoleplaying Blog end of the drive, so if you can help, please make a donation now and help two decent causes with one stone, err donation. If you can spare a ten or a twenty, or even more, it will help so much. Karen and family might be able to avoid foreclosure and my wife and I will pay off more cancer bills. To donate and help Karen, send a donation in any amount -- small or large -- via Paypal before 9pm CDT Monday evening (May 14th). If you can't donate, good thoughts and prayers for Karen and her family (and that Citi not live down to their reputation) are more than welcome. And don't forget to check my post from yesterday for more info.
Special Note: Because of real life issues (my mother-in-law is in the hospital with a bladder infection and e. coili -- she is recovering but will be in a physical therapy center for 30 days to rebuild her strength starting tomorrow), I am not getting replies/thank you messages out for these donations nearly as fast as I usually do. It may be Tuesday or Wednesday for some, I'm sorry to say. My humble apologies.
The FEZ: I and Quest for the Fazzlewood Giveaway (Mini Cancer Fund Drive) is on (through May 21, 2012). Every $10 donated gives you one chance to win (details/rules described in the above-linked post): either FEZ 1 (the 1982 Valley of Trees version), the Quest for the Fazzlewood from Metro Detroit Gamers. Multiple drawings will be held as described in the above linked post. The two highest donors (in amount donated) will receive TSR's Warriors of Mars, TSR's Metamorphosis Alpha and/or FGU's Royal Armies of the Hyborean Age. These items are in addition to the usual PDF downloads and other benefits of a donation to the RetrpoRoleplaying Cancer Fund. To get help us pay our cancer treatment related bills (and to get access to some special downloads and possibly the above mentioned items), send a donation in any amount -- small or large -- to me via Paypal. Thank you!