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Again, I ask for your help, and you've come through for me, as I have for so many that have asked for mine over the years. It's been great the support many of my friends and colleagues have agreed to me. Though I still plead for your help to support the American Heart Association on their annual fund raiser.

For all in the organizations that I've supported over the years:
Ad Club IABC
American Cancer Society SPRA
American Diabetes Association United Way
American Women in Radio & Television WEAVE
GGIGS/Girls Inc. of Sacramento
Granite Bay Flycasters
Sacramento Film Festival
 

I am inviting you all to participate in the American Heart Association's 17th Annual Heart Ball on Saturday, March 3, 2007 I invite you to participate by making a donation to our silent and live auction. The Heart Ball is Sacramento's premier fundraising event, which was attended by more than 400 top community leaders and professionals and raised over $651,000 last year. Many of you were part of that support. I know within my group of friends and colleagues we were responsible for $8,254.00 of that amount in 2005, $8,640.00 last year. This year I still want to make the $10,000.00 goal.
 
I thank the following people and companies that have donated items, services and/or money in years past. I thank you all and hope you can help again this year. Thanks to:
 
- Renee Parvis, Marvelocity Inc. (handmade glass gift)
- Peter & Janet Tham, Wasabi Sushi Bar & Grill ($200 certificates)
- Harold and Monica, TKC Winery (case of wine)
- Bill Carnazzo (Fly Fishing lessons)
- Dr. Ian Renner, Renner Winery (case of wine)
- Jann Taber, PG&E
- Sacramento Jazz Festival, Erin Green
- Colour Press, Ruby and Martin Pawson
- Julie Knudsen, Zap Creative (custom artwork)
- Karen Onstad, KFBK
- Cool Tech, Rebecca
- The Penny Saver, Dick Colvin
- Floyd Dean Fly Casting, Floyd and Janet Dean
- Pike Oliver
- Donna Deterding
- Puneet & Dr. Grewall, Flawless Skin Aesthetic Spa ($100 certificates)
 
Again, I can really use everyone's help to help fight with the American Heart Association
I remind those of the statistics
:
  • Every 33 seconds, someone dies of heart disease.
  • Each year, more than 930,000 people will die from heart disease and stroke.
  • Half a million women will die from heart disease and stroke this year.
  • Heart disease kills 1 woman/minute, more women then men since 1984. And, one in 27 women will die from breast cancer, while one in two women will die from heart disease.
  • Cardiovascular disease is the #1 killer of Americans and stroke is #3 killer. I'm sure you know someone that has either died or has had a stroke in the past year.
Heart disease will continue each day, each month, each year, and without your support there may be little success for education, research, and to fight this deadly disease. We need you help!

The American Heart Association has set an ambitious goal to reduce death and disability caused by cardiovascular disease and stroke by 25% by the year 2010. The Sacramento Division is positioned to help achieve this goal through the success of the Sixteenth Annual Heart Ball.

To help us reach our goal this year, we kindly request items for the auction:

  • Rounds of golf w/cart(s)
  • Media: ad time/space
  • Lessons or Training services
  • BBQ grill (a desired hot item)
  • Theatre & Event tickets, or packages
  • Kids furniture (hot auction item)
  • Dinning or certificates (>$100)
  • Sports Equipment or like items
  • Wine and related items
  • Time share/Vacation home; week/weekend
  • Arial ride(s) over the region
  • Lift Tickets, Ski packages
  • Monterey packages: Bay Aquarium tickets, Lodging, Golf
  • Guided Fishing trip
  • Kings items (something signed would be awesome)
  • Limousine service
  • Wine! This is always a must. Besides, it's good for the heart!
  • Think creatively, there's much that can be done.
The event this year has created theme-based concepts for donations:
  • Backyard Bonanza: backyard, outdoor BBQ and fun items
  • Wine & Dine: anything regarding food, wine, cooking
  • Kids Paradise: anything for kids
  • Home Sweet Home: all home related items and/or services
  • Journey of the Heart: fun get-a-ways for everyone
  • Sports & Fitness: golf, outdoor, driving schools, Kings, Ball/Bat boy for a day, etc…
  • Misc. Experiences: Helicopter rides, Movie premiere for a large party, Assistant DJ, etc…
  • Arts & Entertainment: artwork, tickets, comedy, poker party, wine tours, etc..
  • Pamper Yourself: jewelry, wine, chocolate, car washes, teeth whitening, etc..
  • Outdoorsman: flyfishing, rock climbing, hot air ballooning, equipment, etc..

Most of those 'Vignettes' are very open ended, and there's no such thing as too much. The American Heart Association can use all you can give.

I again have some rather large goals that would be very unique:
  • A Harley Davidson or Cruiser style motorcycle.
  • Lunch or dinner with Governor Schwarzenegger, or Maria (anyone with connections?).
  • Dinner with the "Dining Diva's" (hint hint)
  • A cruise or travel package(s).
In return for your donation, the American Heart Association will offer the following benefits:
  • Your business will be exposed to an upscale market of Sacramento's top business and community leaders through our Auction Catalogue (mailed to over 500 invited guests). This is a unique and effective marketing tool.
  • Your business will be listed in the commemorative Event Program
  • If your donation exceeds $1,000 in value, you will be considered for the Live Auction and receive special recognition by the Auctioneer on the night of the event.
  • The entire value of your donation is tax deductible. For your records, our tax identification number is 13-5613797.
  • Opportunity to align with a reputable nationally recognized health organization perceived positively by 98 percent of the American public. (Gallup)
Thank you for your kind consideration of our request. Please reply with the attached Donation Form by November 16, 2005 to confirm your donation. I will follow up with you in the upcoming weeks to confirm your donation. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact Suzanne Bartlett at (916) 446-6505.

Your support is deeply appreciated. I look forward to hearing from you.

Sincerely,
Jeff Burkholder, Heart Ball Auction Committee Member
Jeff Burkholder

The Heart Ball is Sacramento's most respected and profitable black-tie gala with gourmet heart-healthy dining, great music, and outstanding auction items. The 2005 Heart Ball was attended by more than 500 top community leaders and professionals and netted over $650,000. Expenses were less than 8% and 75 cents of every dollar supported heart and stroke research, education and community programs.

Coronary heart disease is the No. 1 killer of Americans today. Stroke is the third leading cause of death and a leading cause of serious, long-term disability. All cardiovascular diseases combined claim 1 million lives every year-more than the next 16 causes of death combined.

The American Heart Association requests your support of the Sixteenth Annual Heart Ball through the donation of an auction item. We are specifically seeking:
  • High-end items that will appeal to our guests. Past examples include trips and vacations, spa days, unique packages and experiences.
  • Donation of an item with a minimum value of $500.
  • All items must be received by November 19, 2005.
  • Business will be exposed to Sacramento's top business and community leaders through our Auction Catalogue (mailed to over 500 invited guests).
  • Your business will be listed in the commemorative Event Program.
  • Recognition at the auction display table.
  • If your donation exceeds $1,000 in value, it will be considered for the Live Auction and receive special recognition by the Auctioneer on the night of the event.
  • The entire value of your donation is tax deductible. For your records, our tax identification number is 13-5613797.
  • Opportunity to align with a reputable nationally recognized health organization perceived positively by 98 percent of the American public. (Gallup)
For additional information, contact Suzanne Bartlett
(916) 446-6505
mailto:Miriam.Bernstein@heart.org