Before we get started here, I wanted to first off thank every single person who donated something for this raffle. Without your generosity, this would never have happened. Also, I want to thank everyone who bought raffle tickets; your support is very welcome and appreciated.
We sold 172 tickets at US$5 each to 49 different people for a total of $860. Paypal took $42.54 of that for credit card processing fees, so the grand total that we raised with this raffle was $817.46
! As soon as the transfer from Paypal goes through, I'll be sending a check to the Barbara Bowen Medical Fund.
So, without further ado, the winners for the raffle may be seen on this webpage:
(People's last names have been truncated but you know who you are!)
Congratulations to all of the people who won!
What I'm going to do this weekend is hook up the people who donated an item with the people who won that prize. If all goes well, the winners will send their shipping address to the donating party. I'm hoping that works out!
Not to leave out the folks who didn't win anything, I'm going to be sending out some AikiWeb Aikido Temporary Tattoos
to everyone who bought a ticket but didn't get a prize. Wear them with pride!
All in all, I'm glad to have seen the aikido community come together to help out one of our own in need. We can only hope that our small contribution and well-wishes help out Ms. Barbara Bowen in Texas. Let's please keep her in our thoughts as we train. And, don't forget that you can still donate to her medical fund if you wish; details are available here
Thanks, and best regards to everyone.