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Here is some info on some of the things I am involved in June.
Depraved Nation is hosting the start point of Depraved Summer Nights Grid Wide Hunt. See start Slurs and other info HERE: http://depravednation.wordpress.com/depraved-summer-nights/
This hunt has 5 bonus locations that CANNOT be found on the blog – you must move threw the whole hunt to find them.
=Razorblade Jacket= is the start store and here are a couple of gifts that are in the hunt:
=Razorblade Jacket= is also particpating in the 2 Hot for U Hunt with this gift
The Zombie Popcorn Hunt also kicks off today! Here is the gift =Razorblade Jacket= will have out:
Also the Tree of Hope American Cancer Society Hunt is starting today I believe. There was a slight delay but when that hunt starts up I have made a Cancer Warrior Shirt for it:
(This hunt I believe is 10L a gift all proceeds going in world to American Cancer Society but check with the hunt group for more details).
Stay tuned this month for more events! Depraved Dealers starts on the 5th I will post more here when that opens. More things to come until then have some kick ass hunting.
Just an update for those interested. I heard back from Matias Linden today and this is what he said: If you get the request in by this Wednesday night we would be able to send out the wire transfer by next Tuesday.
You will need to convert you L$ to USD for Linden Lab to debit from your account prior to the bank wire request.
Linden Labs has already agreed to increase my cash out limits for this fundraiser, I’m simply waiting on them to answer the ticket to let me know when I can proceed…they seem pretty quick in answering these kind of requests though, so that’s a good thing.
Once my limit is increased, the L$ will be converted to USD and the bank wire transfer request will be sent. Any questions, feel free…
When the news about the Japan earthquake and the pacific tsunamis were released it was devastating to so many. Not only to those who were directly affected by these disasters but also to those who had loved ones or friends in the area, and many people across secondlife, across the world, who’s hearts went out to those in need. The Pacific Crisis Fundraiser was a way for us to make a much needed contribution to those people who had lost everything. Keira, Sanura and I joined forces and with the help of so many others we were able to carry out an event that raised a total of 5,791,818 L$.
When we first discussed this idea, I don’t think any of us thought we’d raise anywhere near that amount of money we did. The SecondLife community has always been great about coming together to help those in need, but that amount still amazes us to this day. It was beyond even our highest expectations. We want to thank everyone for the time and the effort you put into all the work you did that benefited this fundraiser.
When the PCF event started, we were contacted by other people who had planned on doing events to help raise funds for charity as well. We were asked to work with them in a joint effort to raise the most money we could for this cause. We gladly accepted. We had people organizing music events, DJ’s donating tips from their sets, prompting people to donate even more during their set, a horse auction that helped raise these funds, many clubs and other businesses across the grid placing the donation jars out at their location to help, the response was incredible, and while the PCF sales event ended on April 10th, the donations did not stop there. The final event that contributed to these donations was CoLab For A Cause. This event ended on May 6th.
It’s been brought to my attention that there are concerns with the fundraiser money and what’s going on with it. I hope to answer as many questions as possible in this post, but please…if you have any further questions, feel free to IM me at anytime and I will be happy to discuss this with you one on one. I would like to state for the record, that posted conversations, may or may not be an accurate account of the full conversation that took place. So for anyone that has read bits and pieces of a conversation, I want to express to you now, that not a full account of what was said was made available to everyone and my place in this fundraiser was not to get involved with drama or he said she said stuff, my intention and goal has and always will be, to help in even the smallest way I possibly can to make a difference in the lives of the people who need it the most.
When we (the organizers) of the PCF event realized the amount of money that was being raised we were just floored, we couldn’t believe it, and at that time given the fact that we did not expect to raise that amount of money, we were truly unsure of the best way to handle the transfer of funds. Between the three of us, it seemed I, Heather Smithson, was the best candidate to deal with the actual transfer of funds, so I started exploring my options.
My first step was contacting Linden Labs both through live chat and over the telephone. After speaking to several people who really were unable to provide any clear answers, I decided to explore other options. Paypal seemed the most obvious.
Apparently you cannot transfer more than 10k USD through paypal at one time. And if you transfer more than 20k USD through paypal they notify the IRS and it appears as income. This was a huge concern for me, because I am not in a position in RL that makes me capable of paying some huge tax liability. Other options had to be explored.
I contacted an accountant locally and the local H&R Block Tax office to inquire about any legal or financial hurdles I may experience along the way. Sadly, there really didn’t seem to be any clear cut answers to be found at that time. They just didn’t know for sure, what the best process would be or how I should handle it. So I contacted the IRS.
When speaking with the IRS I was told that if I transferred these funds into my personal bank or paypal account, that it would appear as “income” for me personally. That means there would have been a huge tax liability and the IRS could not give me an exact amount of that liability when I spoke to them on the telephone. They did however offer me something of an alternative to using my personal accounts for this transaction. They instructed me on how to apply for an EIC number and how to establish an organization of my own, quite frankly, as easy as it sounded, it was still a bit intimidating. At this point I contacted AmeriCares directly.
I contacted AmeriCares directly hoping that they would establish a presence in SL to help make this transaction as easy as possible. I spoke to a few different people within their organization, finally I spoke with Diana Maguire, and I asked her some questions about another organization in SL (Amaretto Breedable Horses) who had already made a large donation to this charity. My inquiries were in regard to how they went about transferring their funds, if there was cost or penalty to them, what, if any, additional steps should be taken to receive proper documentation that I could provide to the SL community as proof of this donation, just basic questions one should ask before making a large cash transaction under any circumstances. Diana gave me the name of a lady who has an established organization here in SL, the same lady that handled the Amaretto Breedables transactions for them, and I contacted her.
I spoke with Christina Galanis, from Southern Tier Healthlink, who does have an established organization within SL, and discussed my options with her as far as getting them involved and transferring the funds through their organization. She did say that if needed, she could consider helping us transfer these funds, but at the time I spoke with her (through email then through SL) she was holding a sizable donation from Amaretto for another charity event they had organized. She informed me that if they did get involved she would not be able to actually take the funds until the donation for Amaretto was finished. At that time she gave me the name of Matias Linden and suggested I contact him stating that he would be able to provide me with information that may be helpful in completing this process. And so I did.
For the first time I had some clear cut answers and options. He informed me that I could do a bankwire transfer through Linden Labs which typically carries a 100 USD fee, however he did state that the fee would be waived for a charity donation. He also told me that Linden Labs could assist me with this bank transfer by me transferring the funds to them and them actually executing the transaction. This is the method I am going to use…but I still needed clarification on what sort of documentation would be made available to me so that I could pass it onto the SL community. I am waiting a response to this email as I type this.
I want to express to you all, that I do understand your need to be kept up to date with what is taking place here, but I felt it was necessary that I clarify some information for you all, so that you had a better understanding of why it was taking as long as it has to make this donation. I hope everyone can understand that while the PCF Sales event ended on April 10th, our goal at raising funds for this event did not stop there and given the help and donations of others, we held onto the funds for all events, until they all came to a complete close. If this has caused concern for anyone I would like to apologize for that, but I am asking that everyone understand we were trying to raise as much money as possible and have the least difficult transfer of funds, without taking any of the donation money to cover those expenses. Yes, we could have taken a chunk of that money out to pay people to help, or to pay taxes or pay donation fees, but I do not think that’s fair to anyone, especially those who need these funds so badly.
As stated before, if you have any questions please feel free to contact me as soon as possible and I will be happy to answer your questions.
Thank you all again, for your contributions…when a receipt of the donation is available it will be posted here.
If you haven’t checked it out already visit the Guild of Gloom Carnival in world here: http://slurl.com/secondlife/Good%20Day%20Sunshine/16/89/21
It closes on the 14th so you have less than 2 days! Each vendor has provided a item with proceeds with proceeds being 100% donated to Charity. The charity this time around is the Sophie Lancaster Foundation. You can read more about it here.
The Aims and goals of this charity can be summed up as:
Following the horrific murder of Sophie Lancaster, her family wanted to ensure a lasting legacy to their beautiful, bright creative daughter and so The Sophie Lancaster Foundation was established and it became a registered charity in 2009
The aims and objectives of the Charity are as follows:
=Razorblade Jacket= Has created the following item for 129L. All proceeds during the Guild of Gloom event will go to charity.
Thanks and see you guys there!
As I finish up the Patron and get ready to pass out in a drool at the computer Don’t forget to visit the first annual Culture Shock.. 100s of vendors that have joined together to do a charity fundraiser for Doctors Without Borders!
Here is some more info:
Médecins Sans Frontières (commonly referred to as ” Doctors Without Borders “) is an independent humanitarian medical aid organisation. They are committed to providing medical aid where it is most needed, regardless of race, religion, politics or gender and also to raising awareness of the plight of the people we help.
In countries where health structures are insufficient or even non-existent, MSF collaborates with authorities such as the Ministry of Health to provide assistance. MSF works in rehabilitation of hospitals and dispensaries, vaccination programmes and water and sanitation projects. MSF also works in remote health care centres, slum areas and provides training of local personnel. All this is done with the objective of rebuilding health structures to acceptable levels.
Here are some of the items =Razorblade Jacket= had made and donated to help this cause. Go spend your money and help the world.
SLURL IS HERE >>>>>>>>>>>> http://slurl.com/secondlife/Project%20Donate/128/128/2
Hey Depraved Nation,
=Razorblade Jacket= is happy to be a part of To Write Love on Her Arms Fundraiser.
I have created the following Beatiful Life Tattoo. All proceeds go to this charity that starts tomorrow (April 24th) and goes threw the end of April.
You can find it in world starting the 24th HERE: http://slurl.com/secondlife/Jersey%20Shore/44/60/2
TWLOHA MIssion Statement:
►To Write Love on Her Arms is a non-profit movement dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury and suicide. TWLOHA exists to encourage, inform, inspire and also to invest directly into treatment and recovery.
Yes it started guys! About a week ago really lol. I am really slow plus it was posted about a billion other places so Its old news I know! ;p Still if you haven’t heard or done it yet check it out. Awesome designers. SLURL List is here: http://depravednation.wordpress.com/depraved-spring-madness/
Start Location is =Razorblade Jacket= on the Depraved Nation SIM so gogo.
The Pacific Crisis Fundraiser Opened today. Over 400 Builders/Designers around the grid have come togeather to help support relief in response to the devastating 8.9 Earthquake in Northern Japan and the aftermath taking place in the surrounding areas.
=Razorblade Jacket= is putting out 2 items to support this event. 100% of all proceeds from these items will be sent directly to charity. One for guys and one for girls.
Please come visit this event in Second Life at the following SLURL: http://slurl.com/secondlife/World%20of%20Beauty/205/147/1003
This event has already raised over 1 Million Linden and just opened this morning. Please Come visit, spend money for charity, and spread the word.
PCF is a joint effort being organized by Heather Smithson (Depraved Nation), Keira Seerose (Chic Management), and Sanura Snowpaw (Wear Gray for a Day). In addition we are working closely with Patrick Throrkvel and Joy Teskat who are in charge of music events being organized to benefit the fundraiser, Aurora Deischer, Prue Genira, Inex Hax, Sasy Scarborough, Whimsy Winx and Monica Outlander who are working with us to ensure everything runs smoothly. Land and Prim use was generously donated by Glam Affair at no cost, and we’ve currently got over 400 designers who are offering at least 1 item for 100% donation, several are offering more than one and others are offering additional items at 50% donation.
All proceeds raised from this event will be sent to the charity AmeriCares.
March 16th – April 10th
An emergency fundraising effort for the victims of the crisis in the Pacific that hit on the 10th/11th of march is being set up.
SL is an international community, with a strong base in Japan specifically. This disaster is worldwide and affects us all, as a community SL has risen up time and time again to help out in times of distress, including very recently.
In september 2010 11,000 us dollars was raised for the pakistan flood crisis relief fund (UNICEF) at an sl event. An event organised in four days. This is an example of what our community can do, and we are attempting to prepare for a similar, simple but effective, event.
We are calling for anyone who wishes to help with this fundraiser. We will be providing vendors that donate 100% of sales to a charity account (Charity Shelter) for people to place in their stores and at an event location . The products in these vendors don’t have to be new, but the more new and exclusive items available the more money we will raise, so even a variation of an existing product is appreciated.
We welcome any and all participation and interest in this event – if you’d like to participate as a designer please go to – http://www.tinyurl.com/pacificfund
Please note that 100% of all money raised will go to the charity UNICEF. Land was donated by Glam Affair and all volunteers are giving their time without charge.
Sup Depraved Nation,
We are kicking off our 5th Grid Wide Hunt tonight which will run through 3/30/2011 @ 11:59pm.
This Hunt Features 50 kick ass Vendors all over the Grid. Slurls and info can be found HERE.
=Razorblade Jacket= is the start Location and here are the Male and Female Gifts I have Created:
Hope to see you there and as always join the DEPRAVED EVENTS GROUP if you have questions or need help!
There is also one other hunt starting tomorrow that =Razorblade Jacket= is a part of: The Cute and Random Hunt.
I don’t really make a lot of cute and random things so here is a look at what I made for this hunt…. I am sure I will wear it forever.
That is all for now. Drink while you hunt it makes it impossibly fun.