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    Ok guys. I've read many of your ideas for others before so I'm submitting one to you tonight to get your imput. It won't cost you anything to help me think. Here's the scoop.

    Most of you are aware of the 16 miners in WV who have perished since January this year. I have a very prominent Master Photographer friend(Jay Stock) who has a vintage print of a little boy coal miner that sold before for the Make-A-Wish Campaign for $18.000.

    Jay is willing to send me five prints to be sold or auctioned for $20,000 each and ALL of the money sent to the different widows. He wants nothing for the prints himself and he doesn't want the money donated to a non-profit organization to be absorbed before the families get anything.

    He wants me to write the checks to them personally and he wants to get their photographs when they get the money. It would amount to a little over $8,000 each, and I know that's not a lot of money to some, but anything to those in need is great.

    I need your ideas on how I can get this project up and running. Put your thinking caps on. I need help. Thanks. benz.
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    The first obvious idea is to put the prints up for auction on Ebay

    Another suggestion is contact local newspapers, radio stations, news station and see if you can set-up interviews to talk about your project advertising what you are doing and then try to get a a local highschool or college to host the auction in their auditorium and you can do a community auction.

    SnowQueen probably has lots of ideas, since she is doing something similar with her cemetery project - I would PM her. She has lots of great ideas and can get you on the right path.

    When you find how you are going to auction them off, post flyers all over! As much as I hate coming out of the grocery store and seeing a sign under my wipers, I still take the time to skim over it real quick. It would be a good way to get the word out locally.

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    Netsirk, thank you for responding. Those are wonderful ideas. I will probably try the TV station ideas. I know at least two station managers personally.

    Please keep your ideas flowing. It is important and does help. Thanks again.
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    Peg, a specialty auction with a professional auction company would work wonders. Maybe one in a large city...that's what i'm thinking anyway.

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    Do you want to keep this local or are you aiming to go national?

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    Spiderman; doesn't matter to me as long a there is money for the families.
    I havn't put a program together yet, so I'm open. I can even do both if necessary. What did you have in mind?
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    Well, ideas from the dark here...

    I would probably consider a major auction house for this first, if you want to go national. They have the resources you're looking for to handle such a large scale thing. If not,...

    If there is a church that had some of these miners in the congregation, you could ask them to host an auction or supper of some sort since it would be more personal to them. Churches have connection you cannot imagine, and would definitely help to get the word out quickly. Ask them to netowrk within their faith or denomination, within their missions, and within their own congregation. Usually there is a newsletter that reaches all three entities - try that first.

    Consider having a local history museum sponsor you for the actual auction. Or, approach the museum itself first to see if they're interested in making a purchase or two. You'd be surprised what's important to local area historians, and this is pretty big.

    Send an e-mail to the senior pastor at all the churches you can think of and ask them to distribute it to their congregation via e-mail.

    Ask us to do the same.

    Send your notice to the families and ask them for a list of folks they'd like you to contact.

    If there is some sort of publication - newsletter, magazine, catalog - specifically for miners or their families, consider advertising that way.

    Put an advertisement in the local section of the newspaper, and call the staff members who wrote articles during the disaster for a follow-up story. A big hint is that most newspapers will print your story if you have a well-written item prepared already, i.e.: press release. Don't make them think too much or it'll get shelved. It's all about deadlines!

    I'll keep brainstorming.

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    Thanks guys. I knew you guys would come up with some wonderful thoughts. Definitely enough to get me up and running. Now all I need is some time away from work to get something done!
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    Just thought I would give you a little update on the miner's widow assistance program I mentioned. I received one of the prints of the little coal miner to be auctioned from Jay Stock today. It has to be framed in archival quality materials, framing, etc. I can't even touch it without gloves. Yikes.....(not a good thing for me- I've been told I can tear up an anvil)

    A gracious lady from a local museum put me in touch with a gentleman who is on many formal boards around town and is a professor at WVU.
    I am awaiting his call back. He is the person who I am hoping will help with the local auction. She also gave me the name of a gentleman who is certified to frame the prints. I'm hoping his company will donate at least one framing for me in case we need to have it viewed by the media.

    I spoke with Pastor Wease Day from the Sago Church today. He said he would pass the word on that help may be coming from the sale of the prints and would be available if I need anything else. He was such a caring wonderful person to talk with. (Funny thing was the picture arrived within minutes of his phone call, I had not opened it when the phone rang.)

    Then, I spoke with the manager of our Local NBC (Our Channed 3) station today. He said to give him a few days and he would work something out for me. So, looks like I have everything in place, just waiting for it to fall together.

    Keep your fingers crossed and your prayers coming. Thanks. benz
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