Every year, beginning May 1 and continuing through the end of the month, New York Times and USA Today bestselling Author Brenda Novak runs an online auction for diabetes research. The auction takes a full year to plan and pull off, but it’s a labor of love—an effort to help all the people who, like her youngest son, suffer from diabetes.
This year, the Salt Cay Writers Retreat has donated a long list of items to the auction, including a full scholarship to the retreat, a cocktail party for 4 at Folio Literary Management's New York City office, signed books, and homemade salsa and jam made by a "wicked, wonderful cook" -- our very own Salt Cay Writers Retreat faculty member Jacquelyn Mitchard!
The Brenda Novak Online Auction for Diabetes Research is the biggest online event for diabetes research in the world. Each year, with the help of generous donors--which include some of the biggest and brightest stars in publishing, like Nicholas Sparks, Nora Roberts, Diana Gabaldon, Steve Berry and Janet Evanovich--Brenda offers up over 2000 fabulous items, creating a shopper’s paradise. Last year, the auction brought in $319,000. As a cumulative total, she’s raised $1,675,280.
But the auction is more than your everyday charity gala. It’s a blast to participate in--a real community. They do drawings and give away prizes. Shoppers quickly become donors and donors quickly become shoppers. It’s an outstanding fundraising model!
Here’s to making a difference!