Sunday, March 31, 2013

Bigger News than The Walking Dead Finale

Hello again, 

I'm back to clutter your inbox with observations, solicitation and celebration.  If you read my last email/blog post you should have learned about Pork-a-Palooza - The Hamtastic Four and my ongoing efforts to raise funds to fight Leukemia and Lymphoma.  To recap, I am attempting to do my fifth Death Ride.  That's riding my bike 129 miles, 15,000 feet of climbing in one very long day.  That event happens in July.   I'm doing this to raise awareness and funds for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.  You know, these diseases won't cure themselves.  So the LLS funds research and patient services.  Truly, it's a good cause and breakthroughs will help many victims.

As if the virtuous benefit of donating to a good cause wasn't enough motivation for you, I am also hosting an annual event with my son, Rob.  Pork-a-Palooza is a fete replete with heaps of meat.  This year's Pork-a-Palooza continues to get better.  As you know, or will know, Pork-a-Palooza is a combination smoke fest - where Rob and I prepare lots of smoked dishes - and pot luck.  To round out the menu, guests also bring their pork-themed dishes. This year we will make things more exciting.  That's right, it's a food fest and pot luck and we will be giving awards to those dishes voted best in show.   Email invitations will be coming soon.

So how do you get on this smokey party wagon?  That's easy - make a donation to the cause.  I'm thinking of a number...$50.00 is a good start.  Now if you donate $100 or more, you'll get a jar of my homemade caramel sauce made specially for this event.  Last year I gave out t-shirts and trying to estimate a distribution of sizes just made it a little impractical.  So this year the caramel sauce is one size fits all.

Many people have already jumped on the party wagon.  Thank you to all those who are already supporting the cause.

While all this is happening, there's a fair amount of training going on.  On March 9th I finished my season with Team Awesome at the Solvang Century.  Team Awesome was my group of TnT riders who trained all winter to do, for most, their first century ride.  They too, like all TnT participants, raised money for LLS.   Two of my riders were top fundraisers for the greater team.  So wouldn't it be cool if we could match the fundraising exploits of Team Awesome.  Well I'm certainly going to try.

Remember, please donate at my site Follow this link

Finally, as the holidays of Easter and Passover have just passed, I am reminded of hope.  These holidays tell us that there is always hope and that's what this fundraising is about.  We're fighting today in the hopes that we will defeat these diseases.

Thanks for your time

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