rj here, hijacking this post. Below is more information (so you don't have to sift through the entire thread.)The most up-to-date fundraising news is just below...
En route to Telluride, Shawn aka whyweigh4.5 was in a head-on collision while driving alone about an hour outside of Denver on Kenosha Pass. He drifted into oncoming traffic and clipped a minivan. No one else was seriously injured. He suffered broken ribs, a broken right hand, a broken pelvis and broken neck and swollen internal organs. He is presently out of the ICU at St. Anthony Hospital and his parents are with him in Denver.Fundraiser info begins here:
I have set up an email address and paypal account for donations:INFO ON HOW TO DONATE A PRINT / ITEM TO BE AUCTIONED:
I will give shawn the passwords to both accounts so that he can monitor them. the paypal account is not tied to any bank or credit account. we can decide whether or not i should transfer funds to my account as we make purchases, or if we should just let him take the account over and buy what he wants, though i think that the initial gift of an ipad should be handled through me since i can go purchase it, take it to poofer for 1st sync on a mac, and deliver it to the hospital.
I suppose that if people would like to donate w/out contributing to the ipad fund, they could continue to paypal him directly.
Next week i will work w/ pp'er phishdisc to get his auction software running on my server. after that we can start arranging auctions for prints that people would like to donate. unless we decide that the exposure that we can get on ebay is still worth eating the fees....
also, to elaborate on a conversation that undermind and i are having -
once we have a centralized point of information such as a site w/ private auctions, etc, (which i will begin working on soon) i will distribute the link to other communities and info sites like phish.net to try to increase exposure.
new ebay user: auctionsforshawn
INFO ON HOW TO DONATE A PRINT / ITEM TO BE AUCTIONED:
you will email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
the subject of your email NEEDS to be the artist last name and the name of the print - for example: Stout Telluride or Danger And I Need Sunny Days. this is important so that i can stay organized as i will need to forward the shipping info back to you so that you can send the print to the winning bidder.
i am thinking that all auctions need to offer free DOMESTIC USA shipping. this way i dont have to paypal money that i collect for shipping to the individuals who will actually be shipping the prints. this means that the people who donate the prints will be resposible for the expense of shipping. is this a bad idea? how else could we handle it without having all prints sent to me for redistribution? international winners should be charged and i will forward the funds to the person who donated to cover shipment.
in any event, it will be YOUR responsibility to ship the print via USPS Priority Mail w/ insurance for the full purchase price as well as delivery confirmation.
your email needs to contain the following information, plugged into my template so i can simple copy and paste from the email:
Signed / Numbered:
Condition / Explain any damage:
one or two photos of the print / item need to be attached to the email. they should be sized appropriately for ebay, say 600 pixels on the long edge
A huge thanks to Guyforget for stepping up to this task.
Also, please recognize the PhishPosters community of which WW has long been an active member. They are also getting involved to help our mutual friend and have a thread dedicated to this matter here
. (You must be a member to access their boards.)
Whether you are able to help out financially or not, please send out major vibes to our photographer-in-chief.