A friend of mine and I were talking about this yesterday. Theresa and I were just returning from an over-nighter in Rio, Wisconsin, at which we participated in a fund raiser for the local EMT volunteers. With funding being slashed right and left for these smaller towns, its becoming necessary for them to find means of raising money to obtain necessary equipment to function effectively, i,e., save lives. Theresa mentioned that one of her sisters had just put on a very successful event for a friend who has Parkinson’s Disease.
That got me thinking about all of the fund raisers that authors participate in. I know that Brenda Novak puts on a huge on line event for Diabetes. Not sure how much she has managed to raise over the years, but I understand its pretty substantial. Myself and a number of MagicalMusings ladies, as well as other best seller authors have put together a series of short stories in our “Entangled” anthology with all proceeds going to breast cancer research (a disease near and dear to my heart … pun intended). Its been my understanding that we’ve already raised over $12,000 and still going strong. Edie Ramie may have an update on the numbers. FYI, for those who don’t know about “Entangled”, information to order it (e-book only) is on the MM website. Over a dozen talented authors participated in this anthology and I’m proud to be a part of it.
I’m constantly getting mailings from the American Cancer Society, the American Heart Society, the Humane Society, you name it, I’m on their mailing list. Yes, it’s sometimes difficult to keep up with all the fund raising going on, so you really have to pick and choose which ones you feel the strongest about and which ones you can afford. I wish I could give to all of them, but that’s just not financial feasible.
Do you have charities near and dear to your heart? Which ones do you feel strongly about and which ones do you feel no problem with passing on?