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Welcome to the HelpVera fundraiser and charity auction. We are trying to help Vera Nazarian, a speculative writer, publisher, and all-around wonderful person to save her house from foreclosure and solve some other problems, most notably a major sewer leakage.

THE FUNDRAISER IS OFFICIALLY OVER!!! Thank you to everybody who participated. We will post a full summary tomorrow.

Thank you! This community is simply incredible. Many, many small contributions combined together to a larger whole. We've blessed Vera, who needed our help, and we've blessed each other. Together, we have created a miracle. Thank you, thank you, and thank you again.

Your proud and happy mod,
Well, looks like I need help again, friends.

This time it's help of a different kind -- see here for details.


Vera Nazarian
Just thought I'd give people a heads up about the con_or_bust community, helping Fen of Color get to Wiscon.
I'll be posting another candle auction, and I see some familiar names there already, and some fantastic offers :)

Wrapping Things Up

Well folks, a few months back we all came together to raise money for Vera, and we had an interesting (dare I say "fun") time doing it. As I look at other communities, I see an increasing need for this sort of emergency fund raising. So that others don't have to worry about re-inventing the wheel, I have started to gather my thoughts together over at my wiki: here.

What happened in this community was NOT a one-person show. We all helped in different ways. I know that a collection of notes by all of us will be more helpful than just mine, so I have setup the wiki to allow your LiveJournal login to allow you to edit. (Basically, it uses OpenID to say "if LJ says you're cool, you can edit me". At no point do I get your password, it's just a trust thing.) Details on that are at the "Logging In" section here.

I'd like to ask those of you who are still following this community to take the time to update the documentation, so that future fund raisers for similar causes can run more smoothly and with less stress for all involved. If you're familiar with wikis, just go in and make your changes. If not, just make a comment here and I'll get them merged in.

In particular, I need help filling in the bookkeeper and community organizer notes. I know that dsmoen and rose_lemberg did a fantastic job in those roles, but since I was busy doing auctiony stuff, I don't know enough to document those. However, even if you were more passive, suggestions are very welcome.


Removing helpvera email address

Spam harvesters have begun to find the email address, and no one's posted anything to that address in days, so I'm removing the address. If you need us, Rose and I are available via LJ PM, and you can also reach me at the address I previously mentioned (my first name @ fuzzyorange dot com also works if you spell carefully).

I'll have a final final report this weekend -- it's a trade show week, so I have almost no time.

Thank you all for being so awesome!


How long is reasonable to wait?

The auction I posted ended on December 20th, but I haven't heard from the winning bidder.

Besides the reply to the bid, I sent a followup through the LiveJournal message system. With so many people on a holiday schedule, I'm not sure how long it's reasonable to wait for a reply.

What's more, I'm running about a bit myself, and won't be able to get the box to the Post Office any earlier than January 5th in any case.

Can I get a group consensus on when I should offer the book to the next highest bidder?

Treasurer's Report 12/21

Including the Scalzi $(3178.10), which isn't in hand but is enroute, the awesome and stupendous Help Vera community has raised $30,685.91 in 688 contributions (plus however many put $ in the tip jar on Scalzi's site).

Here's an updated graph that I hope is easier to read. Boundary numbers go on the left, so $5 is in the $1-5 rather than the $5-10.

All good things must end...

Dear HelpVera community –

Some of my friends celebrate Christmas, others celebrate Hanukkah, Solstice, Kwanzaa. Some of my friends belong to faiths that do not celebrate in winter; others are atheists. And we’ve probably all felt ambivalent about the holiday season, at one time or the other.

But this holiday season is different - we made a huge change in a life of one family. How often can you say that? “I saved someone.” Well, you did. We all did.

Vera's words

And so we come to the end of our fundraiser. I was told that when we started this, some donors thought, “That would never work.” And then we amazed ourselves.

In folklore, the donor figure often has a role as important as the hero’s. In Cinderella, the Fairy Godmother appears miraculously to grant pumpkin transportation, dress and footwear to a despairing child. In the Russian fairytale Morozko, Father Frost finds an orphan girl freezing in the forest, and showers her with rich gifts. But there are other fairytales. The girl finds herself trapped by the witch, challenged with some impossible task, like sorting grain from lentils. To her rescue come a thousand helpful mice. Each tiny donor sorts a single grain; come morning, the work is done, and the girl is saved. Together, these mice are mightier even than Father Frost.

We gathered over 30,000 dollars. That's thirty thousand dollars. Enough to get Vera out of trouble with her mortgage, fix her sewer, provide cushion, provide dinner, medical, and even cat treats. The detailed treasurer’s report is coming up. Meanwhile, have a very happy $_Holiday, regardless of ethnicity and creed. And if you haven’t seen it yet, here’s “Validation.”

Much love,

Hello, folks! I hope you are having a wonderful weekend so far!

Alas, all good things must come to an end, even our charity auction. I wanted to remind you that the auctions end on 20th of December ( tomorrow!), noon PST.

There are still many wonderful items to bid on, including items with no bids yet; use the tag list on the left sidebar to browse auctions by category.

Sellers, please be ready to close your auctions tomorrow noon. At that time, please notify your winning bidders and let them know how to contact you!

As always, please feel free to ask questions in this thread.

many warm wishes,


First: there's many auctions ending over the next few days. You can search for ones without bids by looking for items tagged "no bids yet".

More mail has arrived, though not the big one yet.

Total of $25,438.37 in 655 contributions. I took some time to make a pretty graph, though I've got to admit it's not as pretty as the covers on Norilana books.

Hmm, looking at it in this smaller size? Maybe I'll do it with a different layout and font tomorrow.

The wheels of banking have been churning (driven, as they are, by hamsters), and more will be enroute to Vera in the morning.

Brief Treasurer's Report 12/15

As of a hair before midnight on Monday (Pacific Standard Time) on Monday 12/15, we've raised $25,091.58 to help Vera save her house, get some badly-needed sewer work done, and take care of some other necessities. You are all awesome.

There's been a total of 642 contributions; the median contribution is $10. Obviously the average (mean) is higher. I want to make a pretty graph, because I think it might prove cool for people. Plus, I just happen to like graphs.

Vera will have a nice chunk o' change tomorrow, and I pray the banking deities and such will be kind.

Scalzi's efforts are enroute, so this will ensure that she'll have a buffer to take care of herself, some for the future, and hopefully even her elderly cat.

Help Vera

Vera Nazarian of Norilana books is facing foreclosure due to a series of truly unfortunate events (a fradulent lawsuit, mother's illness, father's death and sub-prime mortgage.) We hope to raise $11,229.72 to help Vera save her house. Update: We have raised this money. Any additional monies raised will be spent per this post.

Please consider donating, spreading the word, and/or participating in the charity auction.

Thanks a lot!

Mods Rose (grayrose76), Deirdre (dsmoen) - treasurer, and Josh (Guppiecat) - website and auction maintenance

Thanks to Adam Israel for banner and website help!