Charitable Events

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.

Entangled-SSThat 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.

American_Cancer_Society_Logo.svgI’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?

About Liz Kreger

Liz Kreger writes science fiction/romances and to date, has two books published by Samhain Publishing ... FORGET ABOUT TOMORROW and PROMISE FOR TOMORROW. Liz is presently branching out to contemporary paranormals and is experimenting with urban fantasy.
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8 Responses to Charitable Events

  1. Edie Ramer says:

    Of course I do breast cancer with Entangled and other contributions. Also Humane Society (I’m giving 25 cents for every Hearts in Motion book sold to my local Humane Society). I actually wrote a list a other charities I give to – then decided it wouldn’t be a good idea. You don’t realize how many you support until you put it in a list.

    I turn down any charity that solicits me by phone. I always tell them to take me off the list, but there’s one group that never does it. It’s irritating.

    • Liz Kreger says:

      I agree with you about the phone solicitations, Edie. They are irritating. It also makes me wonder how much of my donation goes to the actual charity and how much is administrative.

      The Koman Race/Walk is also an event I participate in, although its my understanding that a fair portion of the proceeds go to overhead rather than the services so badly needed. May have to rethink my participation in that event.

  2. Yup, my mom is a 3x breast cancer survivor, and you my dear friend are a miracle. I donate to the Breast Cancer Foundation and the Humane Society.
    Karin* Tabke aka Harlow!`s last blog was …Blood Swords in France

    • Liz Kreger says:

      I guess when some disease hits you close to home, that charity becomes a center to your efforts. Glad to hear your mom is doing well, Karin. Love hearing success stories.

  3. Dale Mayer says:

    Hi Liz,

    I’m a big sucker for kids and animals and donate frequently. Also the Diabetes Association comes around monthly for household items. I always manage to find something for them too.
    Dale Mayer`s last blog was …Knock Knock Launch Party Giveaway #12 – Dale Mayer – Final Giveaway!

    • Liz Kreger says:

      Always hard to pass on kids and animals, which is why the Milwaukee Children’s Hospital and the Humane Society are always on my list. Hard to say no, but you gotta draw the line.

  4. Amy says:

    We give to a couple.

    The American Cancer Society is one that we give to and is important to us. My mother-in-law passed away a year ago after battling breast cancer for over 16 years, my father-in-law has Leukemia and has for the past 18 years and my mother was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2007 (is in remission)… so we try to cover it all with the American Cancer Society. I too, wish I could give to a lot of organizations but right now we can’t.

    As for other charitable type organizations we do a lot through our church and specifically sponsor two children in Ecuador through Compassion International ( – their tag line is releasing children from poverty in Jesus’ name). My husband got to meet the two children that we sponsor a couple of years ago on a trip. I like that Compassion offers trips to meet the kids you sponsor so you get to see where your money is going and what they are doing with their project sites. We also write back and forth to our kids and their families so when we send birthday money they get to tell us what they bought with it. It is great to see the difference we are making. Our children also get to see what life is like for kids that are less fortunate than us.

    I can’t imagine the work it takes in fundraising for things. Especially with the economy the way it is. But, every little bit helps!
    Amy`s last blog was …Review: LETTERS TO NOWHERE by Julie Cross

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