December 23, 2008

Tax Receipts

Hi everyone!  I have received a few questions regarding the tax receipts that you will receive if you were the winning bidder on an auction item. It is quite the process but we are finally understanding how it all works. MissionFish, the organization that eBay works with to run their charity auctions, takes the money out of our PayPal account. Once that money is processed to MissionFish they donate it to Helping Hands Ministries, Inc. This is the charity that actually disperses the funds to the Stone Family. The date on your tax receipt will be the date that MissionFish actually "made" the donation or payment to HHM on our behalf.  I received an email yesterday that about half of the donations have been made and the tax receipts are processing.  Once they are processed we print them off our computer and mail them directly to you.  Even if you get your tax receipt after January 1, 2009 you will still be able to use it for 2008 tax purposes. The date on the receipt is the important part!  We are confident that this will be done by the new year but since we don't have any control over it we wanted to let you all know!

If you would like more information please click here to see a diagram of how MissionFish and eBay Giving Works get the donations to the seller's charity, in our case Helping Hands Ministries, Inc.
Here's more information on MissionFish and eBay Giving Works from the eBay website:
"At eBay, we think it's a whole lot easier doing good in the world if you've got someone to help you out. And just as we're here to help you support all of your favorite causes, we sometimes need a little help of our own...and that's where our friends at MissionFish come in. MissionFish is an organization that powers the eBay Giving Works program, providing crucial services like screening all nonprofits wishing to become members and processing all of the incredible donations that result from your successful eBay Giving Works listings! They make sure every donation makes its way to the intended nonprofit, so you can rest easy, and the nonprofit can focus more on their mission.
And because MissionFish is a nonprofit themselves, they really know their stuff.
That's why we rely on them to help us navigate the sometimes complicated world of fundraising, making sure that everything is in compliance with government regulations and that all donations make it to their intended nonprofits. Though MissionFish is its own entity and isn't owned by eBay, it turns out that we're just a good match...emphasis, of course, on the good."
Please contact us if you have any questions at all!  Thanks!!!

December 17, 2008

Final Numbers are Coming

Happy Holidays everyone!
We are still waiting for eBay to donate the proceeds to Helping Hands Ministries, Inc.  so the total amount raised is still being determined.  I can fill you in on some of the auction highlights, however!
The single item that went for the highest price was the Derek Jeter jersey. It sold for $1,925! Collectively the Yankees jerseys were the biggest selling items in the auction.  All together they sold for more than $5,300!  The Brad Ausmus game used mask was a close second behind the Jeter jersey. It sold for $1,695.  We were a little surprised by this one but our husbands tell us that it is a very unique mask...almost like a hockey goalie mask.  Plus, it was game worn which made it that much more special!  Another group of Yankees items, donated by Carl Pavano, also brought in a lot of money. The signed Yankees hats sold for more than $1,400!  I am beginning to see a pattern here.  
I have to give a special mention to all of the wonderful buyers who sent us such nice emails. We are so thankful that you supported this auction!  And of course, to all the people who donated items, this would not have been possible without you.
We will be back with more updates soon.  We wish everyone happiness and health in the coming year!

December 3, 2008

Packing up & shipping out!

The Rally for Recovery Auction (Part 1) is now over!  Alisa is working like crazy to ship off the 100+ items that were purchased.  She has a big job but it should all be sent out by the end of the week!  We will have final numbers for you once we receive payment on the last few items, minus shipping costs and pay our fees to Mission Fish.  It is looking really spectacular!  We are absolutely thrilled with the response!

I have to mention the baseball wives and players who, not only donated items, but then turned around and purchased items from the auction!  It was quite the surprise to see so many familiar names in my email inbox. You truly have gone above and beyond.  Thank you Christi and Kerrie!
There were also many personal connections within the auction.  One players college coach bought his jersey.  Several friends and family bought items!  My Dad was frantic to win the Yogi Berra hat and did!  He's so excited to get it. 
There are so many wonderful stories that have come from this experience.  I have said it many times before but none of this would be possible without ALL of your help!  So, thank you again.
On a side note: more items are showing up for Part 2 of the auction!  This was totally unexpected but we will gladly take any items that are being donated.  It will be on a much smaller scale but we are looking forward to it! We have tentatively scheduled this to begin December 14.

November 30, 2008

Hurry hurry!

The auction is coming to an end...quickly! Now is the time to get bidding if you are looking for unique memorabilia. The overnight bidding surprised us when we checked in today. I'm sure there will be plenty of last minute bids. That's how eBay works!

Also, we have received a second wave of items since our press release was sent to the media outlets. We will be putting those items up for bid as well. It will be on a much smaller scale but we are happy to take any items that people are so graciously willing to donate. I will post more specific information on the details once we have them.

Thank you everyone for your support!

November 27, 2008

Thankful for the coverage!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!  We are so thankful to all the news media outlets that have picked up the Rally for Recovery auction story.  Click the links below to read all about it!

The Official Site of the Cincinnati Reds

Taiwan Baseball

The Official Site of the San Diego Padres

Sports Collectors Daily


The Official Site of the Houston Astros

NY Daily News

All Things Bubba Blog

CBS Sports


November 23, 2008

Sunday is THE day!

We are so happy to finally let you know that the Rally for Recovery baseball auction benefiting Ricky Stone and his family is set to begin!  We have partnered with eBay Giving Works and Mission Fish as the format to run the auction.  Winning bidders will receive a tax deductible receipt.  Please pass on this information to anyone and everyone!  
Items go up for auction between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. PST this Sunday, November 23 and will run until Sunday, November 30.  Please be aware that items will not appear in the eBay store until they list Sunday night!  Here is the link which will take you directly to the store:
Happy bidding everyone!

The Official Press Release




Two large boxes from the New York Yankees arrived at the Chandler, Arizona, home of Alisa and Nelson Figueroa on Tuesday, September 23, 2008.  They were filled with autographed Yankees jerseys, baseball caps, and baseballs, their donation to Rally for Recovery, an online auction being held to benefit 33-year-old former National League relief pitcher Ricky Stone who was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor in August.


They were a signed at Yankee Stadium on Sunday, September 21st, the day the Yankees played their last game at the House That Ruth Built. The jersey Derek Jeter signed was one of the jerseys he wore that last day. Included were signed jerseys of A-Rod and Mariano and a number of signed caps including one signed by Yogi Berra who was at the Stadium that day to say goodbye.

Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, David Ortiz, Ichiro, David Wright, Johan Santana, Ken Griffey, Jr., Jim Thome, Ryne Sandberg, Jeff Kent, Jose Reyes, Miguel Tejada, Carlos Quentin, Mark Belhorn, John Smoltz, Brad Ausmus, Joe Nathan, Adrian Beltre, and Roy Oswalt are among over 100 baseball players donating to an online memorabilia auction to be held this week to benefit 33-year-old Ricky Stone, relief pitcher for Astros (2001-2004), Padres (2004), and Reds (2005, 2007), who was stricken with a malignant brain tumor in August 2008.

In May 2008, Ricky Stone was signed by Taiwan’s Uni-President Lions in the Chinese Professional Baseball League. He suffered an injury in Taiwan and he returned to the United States. After Ricky had a Grand Mal seizure, it was discovered that he had a malignant brain tumor. Nelson Figueroa, who pitched for the New York Mets in 2008, had pitched for the Uni-President Lions in 2007. His wife Alisa and Erin Pote, wife of Lions pitcher Lou Pote, founded Rally for Recovery to raise funds for the Stone Family.

Other highlights of the auction of signed baseball memorabilia include a selection of game used items: a catcher mask worn by the Astros Brad Ausmus, a cap worn by Astros pitcher Roy Oswalt, a bat used by Red Sox 2nd baseman Mark Belhorn during Boston’s 2004 World Championship season, spikes worn by Padres shortstop Khalil Greene, and a baseball used in practice by Mets pitcher Johan Santana before his 3-hit shutout on the next to the last game at Shea Stadium. Also, jerseys signed by Ryan Howard, Andy Pettitte, Ichiro, and Miguel Tejada, spikes signed by Jose Reyes and David Wright, bats signed by Ken Griffey, Jr., Jim Thome, and Morgan Ensberg, caps signed by Jeff Kent, Mike Mussina, Jorge Posada, and Joba Chamberlain, bobbleheads signed by Roy Oswalt and Adrian Beltre, and dozens of single signed baseballs. A 2008 All Star Game ball signed by 26 All Stars and a Cincinnati Reds team signed bat and helmet will also be auctioned.

The Rally for Recovery auction items will be listed on in random order from 6 PM PST to 8 PM PST on Sunday, November 23, 2008.  The auction will end on Sunday evening, November 30, 2008.