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    Hello LEGO fans, collectors and resellers…

    Many of you may already know who I am, but for those of you that may have just learned about Brickpicker, my name is Ed Maciorowski and I would like to ask you for a few moments of your time. Over the past five years, my brother Jeff and I have operated the BrickPicker site at no cost to members and fans. All we ever asked from members was to click on affiliate links to help pay for the site expenses, which cost members little or no out of pocket money. Many of you have gained valuable information and insight from our data and forum community that enabled you to make money from LEGO collecting and reselling. Often, people would ask how can we help the BrickPicker site and its creators and we would say thanks for the offer, but no thanks, we felt uncomfortable taking donations. Well, we have a way for all of you to help out not only me, but over 150 children and their families.

    Let me introduce you to the St. Paul School of Burlington, NJ…

    My son, Max, is a member of the Kindergarten class in St. Paul School. He has attended the school since September and adores it. My wife, Jane, and I also adore the school. It is everything a school should be. It’s a school where everyone knows your name and there is a sense of pride and respect not found in many other larger schools. I cannot explain it, but there is an ambience of goodness in the building. Sounds corny I know, but as a person who has the word “evil” in his email address, I can tell you that I know when something deserves special recognition as a “good” thing. But it’s not only me who recognizes a great school. St. Paul School was voted the “Best Private School” in Burlington County, NJ and won numerous other awards. St. Paul School’s graduates constantly excel in high schools throughout Central NJ, with a large portion of graduates appearing on the National Honor Society and finishing top in their classes as Valedictorians and Salutatorians. To find out more about the St. Paul School, you can check out their website

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    So here is the situation. St. Paul School is a Catholic school and as many people know, Catholic schools always have a hard time paying the bills to remain open. While St. Paul School and other Catholic schools welcome all religions and people, they are not funded by state or federal tax dollars and must adhere to many policies of the Catholic church and their Dioceses. Unfortunately, due to the weak economy and other forces outside of their control, enrollment in Catholic schools is down, putting more and more pressure on the school’s and local church’s budgets to remain open. This is an ongoing battle and fundraising has become an annual ritual in every Catholic school in the nation and most likely, the world. Everyone has to do their part to help out and Jeff and I are doing ours. Here is our plan…

    Jeff and I are going to personally RAFFLE OFF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS OF RARE AND RETIRED LEGO SETS! These sets are from our personal collections and they include the:

    • 10188 Death Star
    • 10228 Haunted House
    • Sealed Case of 64 Series 10 Collectible Minifigures (MR.GOLD might be in there!)
    • 10224 Town Hall
    • 10225 Ultimate Collector Series R2-D2
    • MORE SETS HAVE BEEN ADDED!!!

    That is well over $2000.00 in LEGO sets. All are retired and appreciating in value as we speak. I will personally ship them to anywhere in the world at my cost and in a proper shipping container. There will be one winner for each set and you must buy tickets for each raffle separately. One person can win all the sets if they enter all five raffles. There are discounted tickets available and the raffle will be run on the www.rallyup.com website, which is a very reputable and trustworthy fundraising site. They will automatically pick the winners at 11:59 PM on January 31, 2016 and will notify the winners. I will then ship out the winning LEGO sets to their new owners. The raffle and link to share can be found below:

                                               https://rallyup.com/stpaul-2016

    Each ticket costs $10.00 and enables you to enter one LEGO set raffle of your choice. $50.00 will cover all five iconic LEGO sets. ALL OF THE PROCEEDS (besides the commission to www.rallyup.com) goes to St. Paul School and to its corresponding church, The Parish of Saint Katharine Drexel, which helps the school operate. Tickets can be paid with any major credit card and the site is secure. Unfortunately, PayPal does not get involved with “raffles,” so PayPal can only be used for direct donations. I know that is a minor inconvenience, but if their is an issue, contact Jeff or I and we can see what we can do about transferring money to our PayPal account and paying for your raffle tickets. If we get a great response from people, we might add a few major sets or collectible and rare items to the raffle contest.

    On a personal note, I just have to say that I feel awkward asking people to help and for money, but the St. Paul School kids, faculty and community are worth it. They need to raise $200,000 by the end of January in order to keep the doors open and I am pulling all of my strings to help get them to that goal. I need your help. Period. If you value quality education and teaching children morals and respect, then supporting a school like St. Paul is paramount to the future well being of this planet. To the BrickPicker community...Show the LEGO world that we are more than just a bunch of Quick Flipping Low Lifes….that we care and have a heart, even though we buy all of Little Timmy’s LEGO sets up to resell. LOL. Honestly, this is important to Jeff and I and I want to be proud of our community that we have built over the past 5+ years. If you want to repay us for all of the efforts we have made over the past five years, buy a ticket...or two...or five. My son and 150+ other kids and families, faculty and friends of the St. Paul School will thank you…

    CLICK HERE TO PARTICIPATE IN THE FUNDRAISER

    PLEASE HELP AND SHARE THIS BLOG POST ON FACEBOOK, TWITTER AND
    OTHER SOCIAL MEDIA OUTLETS!!

     

    If you are interested in just making a donation and want to use Paypal, you can.  Just click the purchase link on the right side bar.  On the next page you will see a checkbox that will allow you to just make a donation.  Check that box and you will then see options for payment.  Paypal is not available for buying raffle tickets, it is against their terms.

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    Happy to support the Macks' any way I can. It's the least we can do after all they do for us...and we can win some cool sets!

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    Purchased my tickets, love supporting this cause. My kids have gone to a similar school here in Orlando so I understand the value of such a program. Hope they reach their goal for January. 

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    20 minutes ago, feelo2424 said:

    Purchased my tickets, love supporting this cause. My kids have gone to a similar school here in Orlando so I understand the value of such a program. Hope they reach their goal for January. 

    Like I have said before and will say again, St. Paul School is worth the fight and we appreciate all the support.  If more active members would buy one just $10.00 raffle ticket, we could make a huge dent in the deficit.  

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    Thank you all for supporting the Keep St. Paul Strong - Lego Raffle!  Our son is only 3-years old and attends St. Paul School.  He can now write his numbers and color in the lines!  Everyday we witness his growth and it is amazing.  We attribute his successes in no small part to his strong teachers and the small class size at St. Paul's.  Our family would sorely miss the school if we can not raise the money this year.  Thanks again for the support.

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    3 hours ago, Elkkthunder said:

    Anyway to keep track of which tickets people have bought more of to know which might have the better odds to win

    We don't know what tickets people buy and your chances are pretty good regardless.  We will be adding a few more sets tomorrow.  

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    1 hour ago, TCNJLions said:

    Thank you all for supporting the Keep St. Paul Strong - Lego Raffle!  Our son is only 3-years old and attends St. Paul School.  He can now write his numbers and color in the lines!  Everyday we witness his growth and it is amazing.  We attribute his successes in no small part to his strong teachers and the small class size at St. Paul's.  Our family would sorely miss the school if we can not raise the money this year.  Thanks again for the support.

    Yes, my son is in the Kindergarten class and is already leaps and bounds ahead of other surrounding school systems from discussions with neighbors.  

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    Hey Ed! --- This raffle is wonderful and will perform miracles---- with the help of social media :) !  St. Paul School is truly a blessing and a wonderful place for children to grow and learn. I have 4 children, ages 21, 18, 13 and 9. My 2 oldest have graduated from St. Paul School and my third child is currently in the 8th grade and set to graduate this year--in fact she is in the video that is posted on your blog!!  My youngest is in 3rd grade and my husband is an alumni as well. We have strong roots in this school lol!

    I have seen many changes at St. Paul School ......as well as in the world since my oldest daughter's first day there. St. Paul offers safety and top notch education. The teachers here really care about how the students are doing academically as well as emotionally. These days that is so important to kids.....especially in middle school. Though they may have BiG attitudes, they are still children inside. Every day the kids, the parents,  the teachers , the administration.... all have a chance to interact together. And more importantly .... all  are welcome to do that. Not every school can say that. It takes a village to raise a child .... there is no better "village" than St. Paul School! 

    My older girls  have gone on to graduate from Notre Dame High School (Catholic High School) in Lawrenceville and both excelled in honors and AP classes. My oldest was inducted in the National Honor Society at the Collegiate level and currently has a degree in Biology. My second daughter is currently a freshman at Rowan University and majoring in Chemical Engineering. She has received an academic scholarship. My 8th grader is in the National Junior Honor Society and  has participated and placed in many math and academic competitions. She will take the SAT and the ACT in the spring as a "warm-up" before high school. My youngest is in 3rd grade but can write in cursive (have a signature!), read at a much higher level and is halfway learning division. 

    All of this has been provided through the foundation that they received at St. Paul School--- 

    ST. PAUL STRONG!! 

     

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    12 hours ago, LisaH said:

    Hey Ed! --- This raffle is wonderful and will perform miracles---- with the help of social media :) !  St. Paul School is truly a blessing and a wonderful place for children to grow and learn. I have 4 children, ages 21, 18, 13 and 9. My 2 oldest have graduated from St. Paul School and my third child is currently in the 8th grade and set to graduate this year--in fact she is in the video that is posted on your blog!!  My youngest is in 3rd grade and my husband is an alumni as well. We have strong roots in this school lol!

    I have seen many changes at St. Paul School ......as well as in the world since my oldest daughter's first day there. St. Paul offers safety and top notch education. The teachers here really care about how the students are doing academically as well as emotionally. These days that is so important to kids.....especially in middle school. Though they may have BiG attitudes, they are still children inside. Every day the kids, the parents,  the teachers , the administration.... all have a chance to interact together. And more importantly .... all  are welcome to do that. Not every school can say that. It takes a village to raise a child .... there is no better "village" than St. Paul School! 

    My older girls  have gone on to graduate from Notre Dame High School (Catholic High School) in Lawrenceville and both excelled in honors and AP classes. My oldest was inducted in the National Honor Society at the Collegiate level and currently has a degree in Biology. My second daughter is currently a freshman at Rowan University and majoring in Chemical Engineering. She has received an academic scholarship. My 8th grader is in the National Junior Honor Society and  has participated and placed in many math and academic competitions. She will take the SAT and the ACT in the spring as a "warm-up" before high school. My youngest is in 3rd grade but can write in cursive (have a signature!), read at a much higher level and is halfway learning division. 

    All of this has been provided through the foundation that they received at St. Paul School--- 

    ST. PAUL STRONG!! 

     

    Thank you for sharing...

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    I can see a combo prize was added, the 10211 Grand Emporium and 10234 Parisian Restaurant.  Great deal.  Maybe more people will get off their butts and help out.

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    21 hours ago, force392 said:

    I can see a combo prize was added, the 10211 Grand Emporium and 10234 Parisian Restaurant.  Great deal.  Maybe more people will get off their butts and help out.

    ATTENTION:  NEW PRIZE(s) ADDED TO ST. PAUL SCHOOL RAFFLE: A dynamic duo...The 10234 Parisian Restaurant and the 10211 Grand Emporium as a combo package!!!

    Yes, a very nice member, Red Baron, stopped by yesterday and donated a 10234 Parisian Restaurant yesterday.  He has some pictures to post.  I threw in a 10211 Grand Emporium and that is another top notch prize.  

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    Just wanted to remind people...

    ATTENTION:  NEW PRIZE(s) ADDED TO ST. PAUL SCHOOL RAFFLE: A dynamic duo...The 10234 Parisian Restaurant and the 10211 Grand Emporium as a combo package!!!

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