The Annual Minden St. Jude Auction

Feb 2, 2012

If you ever pay attention to one single thing that I will ever blog about, then I want it to please be this post.

Over the years my hometown of Minden, Louisiana has had a staggering number of children develop cancer.
For the past 30 years, Minden has been hosting an auction benefiting St. Jude Children's Hospital.

Minden raises more money for St. Jude per capita than any city!
Anyyyyyyy city in the worlddddddddd.
Since the auction started our little city of 13,000 people has given over 9 million dollars.

Here's some stats of the money raised from the last 7 years:
2005: $509,179
2006: $703,604
2007: $755,846
2008: $788,611
2009: $876,264
2010: $881,885
2011: $943,628

We have yet to break the million dollar mark, but I have a good feeling this year may be the year!

Here's how you can help:

Start by watching the little video to get a feeling of what giving means to the people of Minden.
I have yet to watch it without crying.

The auction starts today and continues through Sunday night.
We have a website that you can buy raffle tickets from or simply donate.
(Which is suuuuper easy to do)

Some of the items for auction this year are:
A Mac desktop
A Canon Rebel t2i! (Just like mine!)
2 Macbook Pros
2 iPads
2 Kindle Fires
$1000 gift cards to Best Buy, Dillards, VISA, and Wal-Mart
$500 gift cards to Academy, Bass Pro, Lowes, or Home Depot
2 Xbox 360's (I actually won one last year!)
55 inch LED tv or a 46 inch Smart Tv (whatever that is)
Granite countertops
A grand piano
A freakin horse (for real)
A washer and dryer
For the dudes: a 4-wheeler, boat, fishin trip, or a buncha different guns!
Golf cart or Go-cart
Some jewelry (including a rolex!)
. . . and cute little fireman playhouse

The raffle tickets only range from $5-$10!
Raffle tickets for the grand prize are $100
. . . but that gets you a chance for a 2012 Yukon Denali or $50,000

Click here for a full list of items and their raffle ticket prices.

The drawings are at various times throughout the weekend (the bigger items are last) so be sure to check on the website or Facebook to see when items will be drawn and see if you won anything!

You can watch the coverage live from the website.
Items are continuously being added to the website, so keep checking throughout the weekend. 

The past few years, they have also been hosting a 5k & 10k and if you are in the area and wanna participate you can go here to sign up.

Please please please take the time to check out the website and donate.
You can also follow on Twitter @mindenstjude or like it on Facebook here

If you are a follower of my blog, I would appreciate it more than you know if you would please blog, tweet, Facebook, or just tell your friends about the auction.
If you are able to give, please let me know, I'd love to hear from you!
I'll love ya forever!


Jayme @ Her Late Night Cravings said...

Let's hear it for your city!! *insert applause here* I bet you guys do break the $1 million dollar mark this year & that's just amazing!

I've had the opportunity to visit St Jude's twice (they were a client of mine at a previous company) and I tell you about humbling & a wake up call. I found myself in awe of the each child, their parents and even every staff member. It's a wonderful hospital & one that I will continue to support for the rest of my life!

Mendi @ Her Late Night Cravings

Emily said...

oh my goodness! how wonderful! thanks for your support! be sure to check out the website, there's so many great prizes!

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