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dave
Tue Feb 19 2013, 01:53p.m.

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I feel good about a lot of things that COS has achieved since 1988 when we had on first con, but one of the best has been what we have been able to donate back to local charities. Over the years we have donated almost $40,000 to 50+ causes and organizations. We are not sure how much since we are missing some of our early con stats. Besides that, we have donated hundreds of pounds of food to local food banks and have mailed over 25 “care packages” to our troops in various areas of conflict. So ya, we may be a bunch of nerds, geeks, dweeps, and dorks, but we’re also some of the most generous people you are ever going to meet. And beware; we are gradually taking over the world.

This years’ charity is Action for Jackson which is near and dear to my heart. The charity helps children with Infantile Spasms and Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome with the extra care they need as well as by raising awareness of the problem. We will be having a Chinese auction for the charity so if you want to donate a basket for the cause it would be greatly appreciated. We are also collecting can and dry foods for the Shilogh Food Bank and donations for the Troops in Afganistan.

For those of you not familiar with a Chinese auction, it is a combination of a raffle and an auction. The difference between a raffle and a Chinese auction is that in a raffle with multiple prizes, there is one "hat" from which names are drawn, but in a Chinese auction each prize has its own "hat". This allows ticket buyers to choose which prize to focus on, as opposed to having a first, second, third, etc. prize.
In a Chinese auction, bidders are not prospective buyers. Instead, they buy tickets, which are chances to win items. The tickets themselves will be $1 per ticket. Bidders buy as many tickets as they like, and bid them on any item(s) they want by placing one or more tickets in the "hat" beside the item(s) they are trying to win. At the conclusion of bidding, one winning ticket is drawn from the "hat" beside each item, and the item is given to the owner of that ticket.
A bidder may increase the chance of winning by buying and bidding more tickets on a specific item. Although there is generally no limit to the number of tickets a given individual may bid on a specific item, the chance of winning depends on the total number of tickets bid by all individuals.

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