Saturday, October 6, 2012

V-neck Photoshop Expo Raises $2700 to Fight Cancer

The V-neck Photoshop Expo fundraiser to support the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society ended Friday night during a "Donation Deadline" edition of the Cblog Radio Show.  Check out the final results here.

Total votes/donations:  225 (led by Leeny's fantastic "Paper Doll" photoshop with 31).

Total amount donated:  $2,755.72  (led by "Dancing V-neck GIF" with $720.84).

Even taking out the PayPal fees, that leaves $2,610.97 going to the LLS.

On Friday alone more than $1200 was raised, with over $600 of that coming in the 2-hour radio show leading up to the midnight deadline.  During that show, @PensKnittngLady's hand knit scarf was won by a very lucky Rags fan.  Adam12, who helped get this whole thing started by agreeing to wear the oh-so-stylish v-neck shirt, won a signed Marc-Andre Fleury print.  High Heels and Hockey's Stevie Watson called in to award a prize pack to the winner of the photoshop expo.  Some other great prizes were given out and a slew of cbloggers called in to mildly embarrass themselves for a good cause.

It was a great way to end an incredible week of fundraising that far exceeded even the wildest expectations of the organizers, Cblog Radio co-hosts YinzerinCt and Adam12.  They set out thinking that $400 or $500 would be pretty successful, and ended the week raising nearly that much in the final hour alone.  It was simply an unbelievable effort on the part of all those involved.  Just goes to show what a few determined jobbers can accomplish when a bunch of greedy NHL owners and players conspire to rob us of our customary October distraction.

Great job, everyone, and by all means, don't stop giving.  Charities like the LLS, the Mario Lemieux Foundation, Susan G. Komen For the Cure and countless others deserve our help throughout the year.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Knitting Lady Scarf Raffle

Continuing with this week's theme of raising money to support the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society in their battle against blood cancers, our very own @PensKnittngLady is offering up this hand knit Pittsburgh Penguins colored scarf to one lucky winner during Friday night's Hockey Fights Cancer Donation Deadline Show on Cblog Radio.  The show starts at 10:30PM EDT, but your chance to win starts much earlier.

The Scarf

Details on that later, but first let's talk about the scarf.  It was once part of a larger scarf, hand knit by the Knitting Lady and presented to Iceburgh.  He wore the scarf during his pregame routine before the Pens 8-1 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Feb. 25 and their 4-2 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Feb. 26.  He would continue to wear the scarf through the late part of the season and into the playoffs.  

The new scarf is a work-in-progress, though nearly complete.  Once finished, the scarf will have the frilly fringe and knitted "KL" insignia as seen on Iceburgh's scarf.

However, there was a problem as it was a little too long, even for Iceburgh.  In order to keep the ends of the scarf from getting tangled in his skates and other body parts during his routine, he had to wrap it several times around his head.  This got to be a little too warm, especially as the season marched into Spring and the weather started to heat up.

So Knitting Lady said no problem.  She ripped out a few feet of yarn and the resulting scarf was the perfect length for Iceburgh.  The remaining yarn would make a great scarf for a more normal sized, non-mascot person to wear.  And she started knitting.

As you know, if you've been keeping track, fellow Pens fans and bloggers YinzerInCt and Adam12 came up with a great idea to raise money for LLS by first hosting a photoshop expo involving Adam12 and a certain v-neck shirt, and then having people "vote" on their favorite photoshops and GIFs by making donations to LLS that would count toward the winning total for each photoshop.  That has been going on this week and voting ends Friday at midnight.

How to Win

That brings us back to the scarf.  Here's the deal.  By making your donation to LLS during Friday's final day push, you could be giving yourself a chance to win the Knitting Lady's scarf.  Make your donation of at least $10 between 6 AM and 11 PM EDT Friday using the voting links provided in the posts below.  Your first $10 in donations gets you one entry in the raffle, but we want you to give even more, so for every additional $5 after the first $10, you'll get another entry in the raffle.  

Give $10, get one entry.  Give $15, get two entries. Give $20, get three entries.  I think you get the idea.  Want to give $50 to this great cause?  You'll be entered nine times to win.  Get information on the photoshop expo and the voting/donating at the links below.  Your amount does not have to be in a single donation.  If you want to vote for several photoshops, we'll tally all of your donations to determine how many entries you get.  Having said that, larger donations are better since PayPal is taking out a small fee, and the more you give, the lower the percentage that is going to PayPal.

Follow this link to see the photoshop expo and vote for your favorites (don't forget to give at least $10):

Dancing for Dollars to help the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

Follow this link to see updated donation totals for each of the 13 finalists.  This also has links for voting/donating in case you get the urge to give more but don't want to go back to the first post:

Fundraising Update

You can keep donating and voting until midnight, but the deadline for raffle entries is 11 PM.  That way we have time to collect all of the entries, draw the winner and announce it during the show.  Don't forget to tune in to see if you've been chosen.  Winners will be notified via the email address included in your PayPal payment.

Wait, "winners"?  Well, yes...maybe.  If we get enough entries so that it would just be unfair to have only one winner, we may have some other cool stuff to draw for.  So start giving!

Good luck and thanks for your support!

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Fundraising Update

Here are the total donations so far for each of the finalists in the Vneck Photoshop Expo Fundraiser to support the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society in their battle against blood cancers. If you missed it, check out that post here. Voting ends Friday at midnight. A huge thanks to all who have donated or helped spread the word about this great cause!

(Note: if you have loaded this page previously, you may have to clear your web browser's cache to see the most up-to-date totals.)

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Dancing for Dollars to help the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

Fellow Pens fan Adam12 proudly sported the v-neck for a recent photoshop expo.  Wait, did I say proudly?  Reluctantly might be a better word for it, but it's all for a good cause as the dollars being raised from the voting are going to support the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society in their fight against blood cancers.

Out of 48 very creative and humorous entries, 13 finalists were selected (3 animated GIFs and 10 still images).  You can check out all of the entries here.  The finalists are below, with a link for each one where you can go to place your vote in the form of dollars.  Donations are collected safely and securely through PayPal, and all of the money will go to the LLS (minus the small fee that PayPal charges).

So, even if you don't have a particular interest in selecting a winner in the contest, you can still give a little or a lot to a great cause.  If you are interested in how the contest is going, check out the Fundraising Update to see the latest donation totals.  Voting ends Friday at midnight.

Also, don't miss your chance to win a scarf hand knit by @PensKnittngLady!  Click here for details.

Take a look at the finalists after the jump.