First of all...
Thank you all so very much for your donations, time, items, effort, communication, understanding...EVERYTHING.
So much went into this auction, and for a tiny little group like ours doing this on a volunteer fundraising whim to help out a friend in time of tragedy, it got real big, real fast. There were hiccups and some bumps in the road, but we cranked it up a notch and got over them. We didn't expect to raise $500.00, and when we passed that mark on the very first night the auction was live, we thought $1000.00 was a lofty goal.
That was also blown out of the water.
As was the $2000.00 mark. At the $3000.00 mark and with offers of items for bidding still rolling in, we decided to keep it going with a second round of Evil Auction items. We never really intended this to go over a week, let alone the whole month! So we limited it to two rounds, and finally we had to start turning offers down, though we were no less grateful for them!
Two rounds was plenty! More than, given how much this little auction brought in.
The final tally of bids for both Round One and Round Two came to over $5000.00.
We here at the Evil League of Evil Writers know some amazing folk, and I don't think any of us realized just how long we could reach when we extended our collective hands.
And it wasn't just us. It was all of you as well. All your blogging and retweeting and Facebooking and emailing and bidding...all of it. Thank you.
The Evil Auction is closed for bidding now, but it's far from over. Winners and donors will be contacted about their various items and so on. There still eviltry to accomplish, but for the moment we can kick back with our mojitos and smile (evilly, of course) at the havoc we've wreaked.
We also wanted to let you all know the awesome evil you've accomplished here with us. We couldn't have done this without all of you. We set out to be Bad Guys for Crestline, and we have done so. In the words of Captain Malcolm Reynolds of Serenity, "We have done the impossible, and that makes us mighty."
Dina, Skyla, and the Evil League of Evil Writers