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AIDS Walk LA 2009

October 1, 2009

My friend Barbara has generously pledged to raise $1,000 for the AIDS Walk in Los Angeles this year. A very talented artist, she’s offering a choice of one of three original works for anyone willing to donate $25 to her very worthy cause. I’ll let her take it after my quick plea: Donate to this most worthy cause! I know I am.

Barbara says:

Basically, we’re walking to raise money for AIDS research/prevention/all-that-good-stuff. The foundation is pretty awesome actually, this is its 25th year at work. We’re walking on October 18th. Good stuff.

Now. I foolishly signed up to be a Star Walker. This means I have pledged to raise $1000. That’s a thousand dollars, by October 18th. And I actually want all my donations in by the 15th, to account for money transfer. That is cutting it pretty close.

But let’s do the math. The minimum online donation amount is $25, and it’s much easier to donate online, and to not lose the money. Suppose y’all donated $25 each. That’s five coffees, or two movie tickets, maybe one or two really good dinners, or a birthday gift for yours truly (the big day IS a week after the AIDS Walk!). It’s a small sacrifice to make for a good cause, and to help out your ol’ pal Barbara. If forty of you–only forty, that’s slightly more than the size of one classroom of gradeschool kids nowadays–I’ll hit my goal without a hitch.

Now, if you were to donate, I would want to thank you for your kind gesture. How would I thank you? One of three ways, my friends. One of three ways.

All images below are not final versions. These are my mock-ups. I’m still cutting out the stencils for the finals!

A handmade book
One handmade book

An AIDS Walk print

AIDS Walk print

A three-print set

Three-Print Set

This is not one image. It’s a set of three individual prints, each one 6X6″ and sprayed on cardstock. The backgrounds will not be white–I am spraying onto cardstock of various backgrounds and patterns. Some are metallic, some are flat solid color, some are striped, so on so forth. Once again, this is the mock-up, not the final spray version. I just want you to have a rough idea of what you’re in for! :-) Thirty-three sets available.DONATION OPTIONS

Donations of $25 will receive one of the above three, your choice, while supplies last.

Donations of $50 will receive two of the above three, again, you choice, while supplies last.

Donations of $75 or more will receive all of the above, while supplies last.

I know these are lean times, and I’m honestly not expecting donations of $50 and $75. But hey, may as well put it out there. Just in case you decide to be the best! donor! ever!


To donate, follow this link to make an online payment. Remember, the minimum donation is $25. Credit/Debit cards and PayPal. Because they designed it that way?

Once you’ve donated, email me–barbara.bownds(at)–and let me know which thank you is the one you’d like to receive. Again, these are not gifts, and they’re not for sale. They’re strictly meant to express my gratitude for donors who are helping me to reach my goal of $1000. Obviously I’m keeping none of the profits. Everything goes to AIDS Walk LA. Include your mailing address so I can send you your thank you post-haste. Don’t worry about postage, I’ll be taking care of that.

Remember, you have until OCTOBER 15TH. The deadline is actually the 18th, but I want to have a three-day buffer to account for the transfer of funds.

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