Tuesday, September 11, 2012

It's Time for the 2012 ALS Walk

We just had a fantastic Labor Day weekend, with the ALS Association being chosen as the official charity of DragonCon 2012! The bean counters are still working to calculate all of the donations, and following right on its heels...The 2012 Walk to Defeat ALS is coming in October!

The ALS Association is an important charity, because ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease) is still considered an "Orphan Disease", meaning not enough people suffer from it to get major medical funding for treatment research.  But promising new research is always on the horizon. This year, scientists showed that Stem Cell injections can heal spinal cord injuries in mice to the point that allows them to walk and run again!   With continued funding and research, and a lot of hope, an effective treatment for ALS may be realized in the near future.

Lots of you have supported Fiver's Team in the past, and those who have walked with us know how much fun it can be.  Here's how you can get involved:

(1) http://web.alsa.org/goto/flamingos2012 -- Join the Team, to raise funds and walk with us on October 20th, or just as a "Virtual Walker" if you can't make it. You'll get your own fund-raising web page with a tidy little link (like http://web.alsa.org/goto/fiver2012") and all the materials you will need.With email, blogs and Facebook, it takes very little effort to reach hundreds of people with your message.

(2) http://web.alsa.org/goto/fiver2012 -- Make a donation to Melissa's ALS Association Team. All donations make you eligible for one free kiss from Mel. :-)

Atlanta Walk to Defeat ALS 2012 - Saturday, October 20th
International Plaza, World Congress Center (Same as last year)
- Directions + Map
- Check-in starts at 8:30 AM, Walk starts at 10 AM.

At Melissa's request, the Theme for this year is "Walk a Mile in My Chucks!"  So everyone show up in a pair of Converse sneakers (Decorated or not), in honor of the great turnout for the "Chucks for Fiver" Art Project for the DragonCon Charity Auction.

If you like, you can come in an official Fiver's Flamingos T-Shirt, which can be purchased at the site below:

http://shop.ProjectFiver.com (All items sold are at cost, zero profit)
Please allow 10 business days for shipping.  Otherwise, just wear a black shirt.

That's all for now, Melissa and I will be sending out updates closer to the walk date.  So please consider supporting the ALS Association by donation or walking.

As always, it's a great time for a great cause.


Monday, September 10, 2012

Chucks 2012 Gallery

What an incredible turnout for something that just started a month ago!
We had about 25 pairs of Chucks up for auction last weekend, and while the overall numbers are still being verified by the accountants, our Charity Services guy says the shoes made "Well over $1000" for the ALS Association! 

The crowd was really pumped about the shoes as well, and they all loved the idea. Minions and Studio Ghibli were well represented, and we got some very cool original art from some talented people.  Without further ado, here's a photo album of all of the Submissions:

"Toothless Chucks" by Joelle Saveliev
Chucks for Fiver 2012 Set

Due to the success of this project, we will definitely be doing this again next year for DragonCon, and possibly even some online auctions during the year, so artists can promote their work on their blogs and such.

More to come, and a huge THANK YOU to everyone who donated shoes or their art for this project -- it really is something incredible.