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Charity Auction

Charity begins at home, but it also extends worldwide. This year, the Penguicon Charity Auction is going to have TWO worthy recipients, one very local, and the other international. These two charities that will split the proceeds from the auction are CritterCare and the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

What is CritterCare?
CritterCare is the medical expenses benefit fund established for The Critter, also known as Tracy Worcester, co-founder of Penguicon. As many of you know, Tracy was diagnosed with thyroid cancer some months ago, and last month underwent thyroid removal surgery. While the surgery went well, and the latest tests show the cancer gone, Tracy is still accumulating substantial medical bills. She currently is working with her doctors to determine the appropriate dosage for her thyroid hormone replacement medication, and continues to suffer some side effects as a result.

What is the EFF?
The Electronic Frontier Foundation is a non-profit legal advocacy and legal organization which preserves first amendment rights in the context of today's digital age. Its educates the press, policymakers and the general public about civil liberties issues related to technology, and acts as a defender of those liberties. EFF has taken action in several ways:

  • providing or funding legal defense in court
  • defending the individual and new technologies from the chilling effects of baseless or misdirected legal threats
  • providing guidance to the government and courts
  • organizing political action and mass mailings
  • supporting new technologies which preserve personal freedoms
  • maintaining a database and web sites of related news and information
  • monitoring and challenging potential legislation that would infringe on personal rights and erode fair use
  • soliciting a list of patent abuses to defeat those without merit

So please come and help us support BOTH of these very worthy groups at the Penguicon Charity Auction, Saturday night at 10:30 in the Amphitheatre. We hope to duplicate the fun that was had at last year's benefit auction, and we urge you to bid early and bid often! Our celebrity auctioneers will be Penguicon 3.0 Guest of Honor Cory Doctorow, and former Guest of Honor and current Penguicon Nifty Guest Eric S. Raymond.

Also, everyone is invited (and begged!) to contribute items to be auctioned. If you have something you would like to donate to the auction, please contact the auction head, Steve Gutterman, by e-mail at: as soon as possible. See you there!

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Last modified 2005-04-08 09:33 AM

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