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Old Dec 10 2013, 03:37 AM   #4
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Default Re: Janis Ian Auctions?

Gigi sent a mail round about the Pearl Foundation (named after Janis Ian's mother) and the auction.

Here's the text of that mail:

Janis Ian and my mother met in the latter part of Mum’s life and they became very good friends. I won’t send you Janis’ missing attachment as the information contained within it can be found at the Pearl Foundation website Please take a look and pass this along to as many people as possible so that we can help achieve a really good result for this year’s auction. And thank you!


From: Janis Ian
Sent: 18 November 2013 13:38
To: 'Janis Ian'
Subject: And now, the missing attachment...

There is a reason they call us chick singers... sorry to bother everyone twice, but I forgot to add the attachment!


Please forgive the mass email.

As many of you know, my mother Pearl battled multiple sclerosis for much of her life. Fulfilling a lifelong dream, she went to college in her late forties. It took her fourteen years to graduate, but graduate she did.

In 1998 Michael Camp and I held what appears to be the very first Internet auction, to raise funds for a scholarship in my mother's name. From that came the Pearl Foundation, an IRS approved charitable organization. We are the real thing - our annual overhead is less than 2% of our donations, and we give away almost everything we've raised at the end of each year. The money goes to scholarships for what are politely called "returning students."

George R. R. Martin (Game of Thrones) and his wife Parris McBride asked what they could do to help us, and suggested I hold a second Internet auction. So I opened a Pearl Foundation eBay store, enlisted my friend Amy Leslie to help, and asked my friends for help.

We begin going live November 21st, at 6.30 pm Central.

There's a pretty stunning list of items, leading off with an original pilot script from Game of Thrones, signed by all the Starks and George! A complete list is attached, along with my homemade press release. There are also links to the whole story in pictures, and announcements on my own site and my Facebook pages. (See attached.)

Anything you can do to help me pass this on will be much, much appreciated.


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