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hava fundraiser, preliminary details

Regular readers will know that I have been hinting at a fundraiser for Honored American Veterans Afield next month, and plans are currently in the works to make that happen. 

However, experience and observation has shown that combining a giveaway with the fundraiser tends to work out better for the organization I am fundraising for, so I am working on that as well.  Thus far I have some patches (both E. TN MHI and “walls of the city” varieties), some Russian Origami t-shirts (as long as you fit a L, XL, or XXL), a hardcopy of Nature Wars, some to-be-determined goodies from Dipstix, a holster for a Ruger Blackhawk (or something similar) from Dragon Leatherworks, two Neoprene-covered Two-Gun Racks from Armory Racks, and an interesting offer – if you had to foot the bill for an NFA transfer and take care of all the paperwork, would you all want a chance at a .22LR suppressor?  No, really, I have awesome friends. 

I have harassed somewhere around 20 companies – not going to name them all here, out of a desire not to shame them into playing along – but does anyone have any suggestions for companies they would want me to bug, or that they have contacts at? 

The giveaway rules are going to change from last time, and I am going to borrow extensively from OldNFO for the new rules:  All of the prizes will be broken up into sets/groupings, as I see fit.  Every $5 you donate to HAVA nets you one ticket.  Each ticket will be numbered, and Random.org will pick numbers for me.  The first person whose ticket gets pulled gets first choice of the prize sets, the second person gets second choice, and so forth.  You can only win once. 

All that said, the fundraiser has not started yet.  You can donate to HAVA if you want to, but it will be out of the goodness of your heart; not the promise of a potential prize.  If you wait a few days, it could be both. 

And, speaking of, I have not decided on a start date yet, but stand by for further information on that. 

[Update]  And an anonymous donor has already promised to match the first $100 donated to the cause!  However, remember: the fundraiser still has not started yet. [/Update]

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