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divemaster
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posted 03-26-2006 10:34 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for divemaster   Click Here to Email divemaster     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Since the Aurora Galleries auction catalog is out now in print and online for the April 1-2, 2006 auction, let me put in a special plug for Lots numbered 765A-765T and 765-HH and 765RR.

100% of the proceeds of these astronaut signed aviator teddy bears will benefit the public charity Corporate Angel Network. CAN helps arrange for air transportation for cancer patients going to treatment by using empty seats on corporate jets already flying on normal business. While medical expenses can be covered by insurance, transportation costs are not. For example, if you need to get from Middletown, NJ to Houston, TX every two weeks for specialized chemotherapy, Blue Cross isnít going to pick up the tab for your plane fare and hotel stay. This is where Corporate Angel Network tries to be of service. Since it's inception in 1981, CAN has arranged for almost 25,000 flights at no cost to the patient.

This whole teddy bear idea was hatched between Victoria Campbell and me last fall when we had teddy bears signed by Wally Schirra and Dave Scott. It was too late for them to make it to the auction catalog, but we were able to raise $1100.00 from people sitting in the auction room. This year, Victoria was able to enlist an entire slew of Apollo astronauts [and Gene Kranz] to sign bears to help benefit CAN. While I advise that you consult your accountant, since CAN is a public charity, this should be considered as a donation to CAN [since your check will be written directly to Corporate Angel Network] and, less the price of the actual bear, should be fully tax deductible as a charitable donation.

Iím sure that each and every one of us has had our lives touched by this dread disease in some form or another. As the late Harry Chapin said ďWhen in doubt, do something!Ē Hereís your chance to help. Bid high and bid often. The money is going to a great cause.

I am a volunteer at Corporate Angel Network. You can find me there on most Thursdayís, looking for corporations to fly people for treatment. Iíve had three close relatives with this dread disease Ė Iíve already lost one of them. I donít want to lose the other two. There are tens of thousands of people out there facing the same unfortunate reality. As space collectors, we can continue to pursue our passion, while helping an incredibly good cause. Whoever wins Lot #765T deserves a laurel and hardy handshake for their potential incredible donation.
http://www.corpangelnetwork.org

Thanks a bunch in advance!

Tracy

[This message has been edited by divemaster (edited March 26, 2006).]

divemaster
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posted 03-26-2006 10:48 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for divemaster   Click Here to Email divemaster     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
In my haste, I also forgot to thank:
Wally Schirra
Walt Cunningham
Frank Borman
Jim Lovell
Bill Anders
Dave Scott
Rusty Schweickart
John Young
Mike Collins
Buzz Aldrin
Dick "Da Bear" Gordon
Alan Bean
Fred Haise
Edgar Mitchell
Charlie Duke
Gene Cernan
Gene Kranz

As well as Victoria and the gang at Aurora for putting up with my nonsense for 6 months as well as Steve Hankow of FarthestReaches. [and thanks, Larry, for your comments and continued moral support]

divemaster
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posted 03-29-2006 11:21 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for divemaster   Click Here to Email divemaster     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
One more brief plug for the charity teddy bears. [bid high, bid often]

The Bill Anders teddy bear is the only one with a stipulated [by Bill] high reserve. While all contributions are wonderful, some people may want to consider getting together and pooling some funds on this one - and, maybe, donate the teddy bear somewhere where it can be displayed properly - while still taking advantage of the possible tax deduction.

While it would look great on my coffee table, if the funds are pooled, it may even look better in a custom made display dome in a museum or the Corporate Angel Network offices at Westchester County Airport in White Plains, NY.

Corporate Angel Network arranges for flights at no charge for cancer patients flying to and from treatment using unused seats on corporate aircraft flying on routine business flights. CAN is a public charity and your donations are tax deductible to the full extent of the law.
http://www.corpangelnetwork.org

Thanks again. Buy Bears - you're doing a GOOD thing.

Cheerz!
Tracy

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posted 03-29-2006 11:50 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for divemaster   Click Here to Email divemaster     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
And-

I will be more than happy to contribute $500 to the pool if it ends up in a museum or at CAN HQ.

-tracy

divemaster
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posted 03-29-2006 12:17 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for divemaster   Click Here to Email divemaster     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
If you're interested in contributing to the pool, please let Victoria Campbell know your intentions.

Larry McGlynn
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posted 04-03-2006 01:43 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Larry McGlynn   Click Here to Email Larry McGlynn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Only $2,000 for all those signed bears. That works out to about $100 per bear. Where was everybody? This was a good cause that the astronauts got behind and none of the bidders showed up.

Kind of disappointing.

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Larry McGlynn
A Tribute to Apollo

divemaster
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posted 04-03-2006 02:27 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for divemaster   Click Here to Email divemaster     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Sad, but true.

Maybe there are those out there who will see fit to cut a check during the second chance auction next week - or by sending Victoria an e-mail.

This is 100% for charity, folks - you're writing your check TO the charity, not the auction house. Going back and asking the astronauts again for their help won't exactly be easy in the future.

Remember, CAN is available to everyone, regardless of age or financial need.

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posted 04-03-2006 02:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Richard   Click Here to Email Richard     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I think it was a great idea as well, butI don't think that many of the space collectors are teddy bear collectors. For that reason, I didn't even stay around for that part of the auction. However, next time, it may better to just have donated mission photos that are signed (it would be cheaper as well).

Robert Pearlman
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posted 04-03-2006 02:34 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Just a thought, but even if we aren't teddy bear collectors, most of us have kids, nieces, nephews, friends/coworkers with children, younger siblings or the like. So, bid and give it to one of them. Not only will the money go to support a very worthwhile fund but the bear would serve to bring a smile to another child and the signature might inspire them to take an interest in space, if not the hobby, later in life.

Or, as Tracy suggested above, you could bid and donate the bear back to CAN for presentation to an ill child or for display in their headquarters. That would allow you to claim the entire purchase as a tax-write off...

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divemaster
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posted 04-03-2006 02:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for divemaster   Click Here to Email divemaster     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Interesting point.

It's amazing, though, how we all opened our hearts and checkbooks for the hurricane victims last year because we felt we were helping and saving lives - and got nothing in return but a good feeling [and a possible tax deduction]

Well, this time you were getting something back for helping to save a life.

And it's no problem giving that bear to someone who would appreciate it - like someone who has to take those flights.

divemaster
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posted 04-03-2006 02:38 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for divemaster   Click Here to Email divemaster     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
[cross posted with Robert - Thank you, Robert]

divemaster
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posted 04-03-2006 09:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for divemaster   Click Here to Email divemaster     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm going to check with Vicky as to which bears will be in the 2nd chance auction on the 8th and will post them here and on the group lists.

Please remember that you're writing a check to charity. If you don't collect teddy bears or don't care for them, I will make sure that, if you so desire, that your bear is placed in the hands of a cancer patient that is flying for treatment. I will follow any stipulation to the letter.

So, once again, I'll ask everyone to reconsider writing a check for a hundred or two or a thousand or two to help transport cancer patients to treatment. You'll get an astronaut siged bear in return - what you choose to do with that bear is up to you: keep it, give it to your relative, give it back to CAN to give to a kid, give it to CAN as a reminder of what we all can do.

I promise to get off of my soapbox after this. [it's just a litte personal, that's all]

-tracy

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posted 04-04-2006 12:40 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for spaceflori   Click Here to Email spaceflori     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
One issue....(it's always easy to complain afterwards....)- it maybe would have been better if the teddybears were at the beginning of the sale with the buyers pocket's still full of money - most of us are interested in Session 1 anyway and spend most there, so possibly several already spent their budget at that
time ?

Also it was 3.30 AM in the morning for most Europeans at the time the bears came up....I assume not everyone was still awake then, me enclosed.

Well, just two thoughts, I'd love to see a list of what's still available for next weekend !

Florian

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posted 04-04-2006 06:46 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for divemaster   Click Here to Email divemaster     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks for your comments, Florian. Aurora, too, donated the space in their catalogs and their time getting the autographs, as well as the postage sending the bears back and forth. While we would have loved to be up front, we're grateful to be anywhere in the catalog, period.

I've dropped a note to Vicky asking which Bears remain. I'm sure I'll hear from her sometime today or tomorrow and will put the list up here and in e-mail.

I'm sure that you can put in a bid towards the "CAN Bear Lots" and your offer will be put where it's needed the most.

Thanks, again.

Tracy

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posted 04-04-2006 10:58 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for spaceflori   Click Here to Email spaceflori     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hi Tracy,

please keep us posted here when you hear from Victoria about what is going into the next round this weekend...I'd love to add one or two signed bears to my collection and still kick myself I fell asleep after Apollo 16.

Florian

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posted 04-04-2006 05:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for divemaster   Click Here to Email divemaster     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I will post it here.

I know that the Anders bear [and its high reserve] and the final group of all bears are still available.

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posted 04-04-2006 05:57 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mjanovec   Click Here to Email mjanovec     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Perhaps everyone here who would like to donate to the cause, but cannot afford a bear, should visit the CAN website and contribute whatever they can afford...$10, $20, $50, whatever.

I think it was a great idea to have items in the auction to support the cause. But if you do this again (assuming the astros will participate again), I would also suggest getting signed items that will be a little more attractive to the space collecting crowd. Signed lithos, photos, or models would probably fetch a premium. I suspect there are plenty of collectors here (myself included) who would be happy to donate some of their extra unsigned lithos. Another idea would be to find a model Saturn V or a moon globe (or perhaps an Earthrise litho) and have all participating astronauts sign a group item. Having Anders, Young, Lovell, Cernan, Borman, Scott, Aldrin, Bean, Collins, Duke, etc. on one item would definitely bring a premium price (regardless of the cause it supported). Or having the 8 moonwalkers who participated sign a moon globe would also fetch a great price...with maybe even the Apollo 8 crew signing the "far side" of the globe, being the first humans to see the far side in person. That would certainly bring the bidders out in droves!

Another possible idea would be to hold a charity auction like the Yahoo Astronauts group did after Katrina. It was a very successful effort where collectors donated items and all money went to help those in need.

Anyway, that's just an idea or two...and in no way is meant as a criticism of the teddy bear idea. It was a great idea, but somehow just failed to spark enough interest. Let's hope the remaining teddy bears are sold for a good price...

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posted 04-04-2006 07:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for divemaster   Click Here to Email divemaster     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks for your comments. They ARE Pilot teddy bears, y'know.

Funds CAN [joke intended] be pooled. Let the gang at Aurora know that you intend to send a check to Aurora [made out to Corporate Angel Network] in whatever amount. They'll assign you a bear - and we'll give it to a CAN passenger, if you so choose. Or, if the donors want to pass the bear around, so be it.

It's truly amazing how many people love the Aviator Teddy Bears. I'm pretty sure that every astronaut wife now has one in the house [and I think a few of the astronauts have theirs in their offices]. I'm not the teddy bear type, but I have an unsigned one sitting on top of my computer - and one next to the TV.

When you see one of these, you smile. The intention was to make YOU smile as well as make a CAN passenger smile. Travel expenses are ENORMOUS for patients traveling for treatment. One of the major hotel chains withdrew their support a few months back, so the gap needs to be filled.

The other idea behind the bears was to create awareness. Each bear has a CAN logo on it's scarf - along with the astronaut signature. Hopefully, no one here will need our services. However, if you do - or has a friend or relative that does - you may think of CAN and pick up the phone and, hopefully, be on the next corporate aircraft to the city where treatment is administered. So many people are unaware that this charity exists and is just a phone call away. [Not to be too obvious, too, being a tax deductible charitable donation, we really don't want you reselling the item for fun and profit - as can be tempting by "other" space items]

So, every 10, 20, 50, 100, 1000 or more dollars helps. Cancer is a big killer. This is a way of giving back a little.

When you work the phones like I do, you become VERY aware of the need out there. Cancer doesn't discriminate by wealth, color, location, age, etc. It can hit when you least expect it and, always, it's the worst possible time.

The Orlando Magic did a flight for us several weeks back. The coach called the passengers their lucky charms. It made everyone feel REAL good.

We're closing in on free flight #24,000!

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posted 04-08-2006 11:33 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for divemaster   Click Here to Email divemaster     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
If a member of this board just bought the "Squadron" of Teddy Bears at the 2nd chance auction, please accept my deepest thanks. Your donation will be put to very good use.

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