For those who missed it, here is the official post from last night with the grand total raised:
"Annnnd the grand total is in!
The #Writestuff4Boston auction raised a total of $7,431!
A humongous thank you to every single donor, bidder and word-spreader involved in this event-- without you guys, none of this would have been possible. Give yourselves a round of applause and a pat on the back; you deserve it!"
What an accomplishment!
As for the incentives winners, here they are:
Donor Who Raised the Most: Eric Ruben, Esq.
Highest Overall Bidder: David Oarr
Way to go, guys! You both get virtual gold stars and fabulous t-shirts. I'll be in touch soon to get your sizes.
I'm honored and humbled by the amount of people who jumped on board from the first message I sent out to get this off the ground, without hesitation. My heart swells just thinking about it. I knew this writing community was amazing, but wow, I was floored by the generosity and kindness displayed to benefit the victims and families of the Boston Marathon bombings. Many of the donors have ties to Boston, which just goes to show what a special place it. I was also touched by the amount of you who expressed your concern for me and my family. I've never met most of you in person, but you'll all hold a special place in my heart. I'm lucky to have met you!
To the donors, thank you for your generosity. Some of you had never spoken to me before, and yet you still stepped up to donate to the cause. Thanks for your faith in me and this auction. You're all wonderful, caring people with hearts made of gold.
To everyone who bid, thank you for your generosity, as well! Your donations have made a big impact already for both the funds, and that's what this was all about. Thanks for being so prompt with your payments, and for making my job a little easier, too.
To everyone else involved, thank you for spreading the word, your encouragement and support. Every single person made a difference, whether it was big or small, and that's something to be really proud of.
My biggest hope when I started this auction? To get 10 donations and hopefully raise funds in the triple digits--and to not anger anyone, cause it took a lot of guts for me to contact the donors I did. Imagine my surprise when after the first two days I had over 30 donations! Then when the first day closed at over $1500 raised, and people were seeking me out to help, I knew this event was going to be much bigger than I had anticipated.
Though it was a ton of work (if I didn't have my husband's help, I may have actually drowned in emails and postings, so thank you so much, Bob!) it was an experience of a lifetime, one I will never forget, and I will actually miss all of it. I'll miss the daily postings, the email conversations, the tweets and Facebook posts. I'll miss all you guys, so please, keep in touch! I'd love to hear how you're all doing now and then.
In closing, I want to say that you may not be from Boston, or even have a single tie to this city, but you're all BOSTON STRONG. Don't forget that.
The next critique round will be next month, so watch for that announcement, as well as a blog post on where I'm at later this week. And if there are any agents or editors interested in participating in one of my critique rounds, send me an email; I'd love to have you and you're always welcome!
With that said, I officially close the Write Stuff for Boston Auction *sniffle*. Hugs to all of you! <3