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Treasures for Pearl

My friend Janis Ian is launching an amazing charity auction for her Pearl Foundation.  Parris an I are thrilled to be a part of this.

Details, from Janis herself:

Starting November 21st, Grammy Award winning singer/songwriter Janis Ian and eBay auctioneer Amy Leslie will host PROSE FOR PEARL, a 10-day auction of unique items and memorabilia by famous authors, to raise money for returning students. The auction will take place on the Pearl Foundation’s eBay site: http://stores.ebay.com/thepearlfoundation/
You can see the items right now at http://www.janisian.com
and you can read the whole story here:
We have items signed and donated by George R. R. Martin, Harlan Ellison, Neil Gaiman, Orson Scott Card, Wally Lamb, Pat Conroy, Len Wein, Joe Haldeman, Jane Yolen, Harry Turtledove, Kevin J. Anderson & Rebecca Moesta, Michael Swanwick, Mercedes Lackey, Mike Resnick, and the family of Anne McCaffrey, plus a gold, diamond, ruby watch Janis’ family gave Pearl when she graduated.
What’s unusual about this auction?
-- It was suggested by author George R. R. Martin (Game of Thrones) and his wife, Parris McBride, who are donating a pilot script from the hugely successful television series, signed by all the “Starks”, as well as signed books and personal notes from Martin to the high bidders.
-- The authors are Janis’ friends, and chose the items themselves. Many posed with their items, and sent photos of themselves with Janis for the sale.
-- The items are offered with no reserve.  Each item has a description from the author as well as a short vignette by Ian detailing their relationship.
-- The authors will sign and personalize their items whenever possible.

The Pearl Foundation – history and FAQ
-- In 1998, Ian held the very first Internet auction through her own website,  raising over $60,000 in college scholarship funds for Goddard College. What begun as a one-time tribute to her mother’s life-long dream of attending college became the Pearl Foundation, an IRS-approved charitable organization dedicated to raising funds for returning students.
-- To date, the Pearl Foundation has given away more than $700,000 in college scholarship funding. The Pearl Foundation’s annual overhead is less than 2%.

The items I've donated myself--
     -- a television script from GAME OF THRONES signed by the members of House Stark,
     -- a p/c copy of the SUbPress limited edition DANCE WITH DRAGONS,
     -- a set of five current edition hardcovers for books one to five of SONG OF ICE & FIRE.

I will be pleased to personalize all these for the winners… so bid lustily.



Nov. 21st, 2013 10:59 pm (UTC)
You da' Man!
Awesome George! Very cool of you to donate such great items. Just wish I had the $$$ to get the signed script.
Nov. 22nd, 2013 12:23 am (UTC)
I'm amazed O_O you posted this from the future -- November 22! I'll be sure to keep an eye on eBay.
Nov. 22nd, 2013 02:26 am (UTC)
I have the lust..
but i can not bid..sorry!

thanks for the info!
Nov. 23rd, 2013 02:34 am (UTC)
Re: I have the lust..
What she said!
Traci Bear Thiele
Nov. 22nd, 2013 03:42 pm (UTC)
Pearl Foundation
Thank you George and Parris for your charitable donations. I do a lot of charity work and this kind of generosity means so much to the less fortunate. My heart started pounding and my eyes teared up when I saw this post. I cannot believe how much I love the show and the idea of owning a small piece.

But actually...

I came to the blog this morning to see if you posted a 'reaction' to the South Park Episode about you, that was on a few nights ago! LOL! I hope your getting enough rest. It is hard for me to rest thouroughly when I am on the road.
Rafael Wambier Dos Santos
Nov. 22nd, 2013 10:24 pm (UTC)
Not even in an auction you let John Snow sign as a Stark. That was mean.
Nov. 22nd, 2013 10:27 pm (UTC)
One wiener, next to another -wienerwiener :)
Nov. 23rd, 2013 11:57 am (UTC)
Not related as such....
Mr Martin, are you familiar with this sculpture? The Throne of Weapons. It's from Africa, currently in the British Museum.
Nov. 24th, 2013 12:57 am (UTC)
bid lustily
You're not usually that rhetorical.
Nov. 24th, 2013 02:47 am (UTC)
I haven't heard of Janis Ian in years. Glad to hear she is still around and doing great things. I bid on the 5 signed hardcover books. Fingers crossed.....I never seem to win these things.
Boris Lebedinskiy
Nov. 24th, 2013 07:45 am (UTC)
just wondering
george have you seen the south park episodes? Just wanna know if it offends you or you just think it's funny.
Nov. 26th, 2013 05:07 pm (UTC)
It always makes me happy to see people take a moment to act on behalf of a charitable cause. Huge gratitude to you and Parris for participating in this! I don't have the extra cash to hope to win anything, but I will be sure to spread the word. :)

Edited at 2013-11-26 05:09 pm (UTC)


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