Originally posted on LiveJournal by ladysprite on Jan. 19th, 2012 at 7:55 AM
Reposted with her permission.
So, as any of you who rode the escalator down to the dealer's room likely noticed, this year Arisia played host to a charity raffle to raise funds for Susan G. Komen 3 Day Walk for the Cure. This raffle was organized and run by tpau and myself, admittedly with hearty doses of help from several of our friends, and it was successful beyond our highest hopes.
In three days at the con, we sold over 5,200 raffle tickets to 375 people, and gave away more prizes than I could count. And, in the end, Arisia attendees raised $4000 for charity. This is amazing, and I am so grateful to everyone who participated.
Many, many thanks, now - to Arisia for allowing us to hold this event, and for setting us up in the best possible location, where everyone had to walk past us at some point. To all of the dealers, whose generosity in donating raffle prizes overwhelmed me - while I had hoped to ask for donations, I had never expected people to come out to us and ask permission to donate! And most of all, to everyone who stopped at our table, bought tickets - or just one ticket. This may have been our idea, but you were the ones who made it a crazy success.
Thank you so, so very much!