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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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    On 2/1/2016 at 6:56 PM, blueriderbrick said:

    Can you post the number of tickets sold for each bundle? I'm just curious what the totals were for each

    We never got totals, but it could have been estimated from ticket numbers.  

    I am still waiting to hear from some winners.  I will be packaging up and shipping a few sets today after I stop at Staples to buy some supplies.  Thanks.

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    Didn't win (got very close on a few, but no cigar) but it was surely fun. And, most of all, it all went to a good cause, so in the end, we are all winners along with the school. 

    Congrats to everyone!

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    Having tried fund raising for diffrent groups,  you guys show what offering a good mix off quality goods to a group of committed collectors at the right price can do. 

    A good cause helps but superbly pitched and the right audience,

    i still can't believe the final figure. Just awesome.

     

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    I am packaging up some of the raffle sets as I write.  I spent almost $200.00 today on bubble wrap, tape and packing material.  This has not been a cost effective affair.  LOL.  Buying the sets was easy.  Packing and shipping them stinks.  

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    3 minutes ago, Ed Mack said:

    I am packaging up some of the raffle sets as I write.  I spent almost $200.00 today on bubble wrap, tape and packing material.  This has not been a cost effective affair.  LOL.  Buying the sets was easy.  Packing and shipping them stinks.  

    This is why new members are encouraged to SELL some sets before they dig in to the large sets. ;)

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    I am packaging up some of the raffle sets as I write.  I spent almost $200.00 today on bubble wrap, tape and packing material.  This has not been a cost effective affair.  LOL.  Buying the sets was easy.  Packing and shipping them stinks.  

    I've not win any prize...no problem, happy for the winners and, most important, for the result of the raffle.

    But now, dear Ed, is time to say "Thanks" to all the loosers with a precious "rumour" about some interest EOLing set... :-)

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    there were no losers. And Ed probably says more then he should. His play on words aren't hard to figure out. Just keep an eye out for the devils post

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    1 hour ago, brickcrazyhouse said:

    there were no losers. And Ed probably says more then he should. His play on words aren't hard to figure out. Just keep an eye out for the devils post

    The sands of time are running low...

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    Do we get to find out the mystery bundle and what the pick bundle ends up with?

    Do we get to find out the mystery bundle and what the pick bundle ends up with?

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    5 hours ago, Ed Mack said:

    The sands of time are running low...

    mumble.....mumble....mumble

    just a question: are the money of the raffle enough to save the school?

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    9 hours ago, Sfcommando14 said:

    Do we get to find out the mystery bundle and what the pick bundle ends up with?

    Do we get to find out the mystery bundle and what the pick bundle ends up with?

    I spoke with one Bundle winner and will come up with a collection of sets that works for them.  I am still waiting on more winners to contact me.  I just shipped the first three items.  I will ship more tomorrow.  

     

    8 hours ago, glucapg said:

    mumble.....mumble....mumble

    just a question: are the money of the raffle enough to save the school?

    YES...Thanks to all of you, we get to do this all over again next year!  LOL.  The fundraising business for non-public schools is a never ending business and unless we substantially raise enrollment, more money will have to be raised on an annual basis.  It's the nature of the beast, but the school is worth the trouble.  We will do another raffle at some point.  We might mix in some different products as well.  

    13 hours ago, Alpinemaps said:

    My kids are very jealous of the green and pink EotSs

    My son is an Elf on the Shelf fanatic.  His elves are bad though.  Troublemakers.  LOL

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    19 minutes ago, Ed Mack said:

    YES...Thanks to all of you, we get to do this all over again next year!  LOL.  The fundraising business for non-public schools is a never ending business and unless we substantially raise enrollment, more money will have to be raised on an annual basis.  It's the nature of the beast, but the school is worth the trouble.  We will do another raffle at some point.  We might mix in some different products as well.  

    Great news!

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    On 2/1/2016 at 1:17 AM, Ed Mack said:

    Here are the winning ticket #s that were listed on the Rallyup site.  The winners will probably be notified shortly.  Please contact me (PM) and I will discuss the prizes and shipping.  Thanks again everyone.  You really came though for the school and the kids, families and teachers...and me and Jeff too.  If there are any issues, I will address them tomorrow.  Time for bed...LOL

    Friends Bundle #6

                115

    Batman Bundle #4

    143

    Bundle #1 Grand Emporium & Parisian Restaurant

    274

    BrickPicker Bundle #5

    485

    Mystery Bundle #2: More Than 5000 Pieces!!!

    535

    Create a Bundle #3

    564

    LEGO Star Wars Death Star #10188

    100343

    LEGO Star Wars R2-D2 #10225

    300345

    Sealed Case of LEGO Series 10 Minifigures #71001 - Get Mr. Gold!!!

    500460

    LEGO Monster Haunted House #10228

    600510

    LEGO Creator Town Hall #10224

    800397

     

    If nobody contacts you on winning the death star, you should probably award it to the ticket number immediately preceding it. 100342. 

    Also, i'll pay for the shipping costs for whomever that is.

    #Selfless

    #soClose

    Seriously though, congrats to St. Paul's and thanks all around to our community of greedy, selfish, QFLL's that managed to help out a worthy cause.

    Proud to chat with you blokes.

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    17 minutes ago, mudcatsfan said:

     

    If nobody contacts you on winning the death star, you should probably award it to the ticket number immediately preceding it. 100342. 

    Also, i'll pay for the shipping costs for whomever that is.

    #Selfless

    #soClose

    Seriously though, congrats to St. Paul's and thanks all around to our community of greedy, selfish, QFLL's that managed to help out a worthy cause.

    Proud to chat with you blokes.

    People at the school are still amazed.  I am too...at the damn shipping prices!  By the way, the Death Star will ship tomorrow.  Sorry. 

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    19 hours ago, mudcatsfan said:

     

    If nobody contacts you on winning the death star, you should probably award it to the ticket number immediately preceding it. 100342. 

    Also, i'll pay for the shipping costs for whomever that is.

    #Selfless

    #soClose

    Seriously though, congrats to St. Paul's and thanks all around to our community of greedy, selfish, QFLL's that managed to help out a worthy cause.

    Proud to chat with you blokes.

    Nice try!!!! :lolu:

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    Second round of sets went out this morning.  I am still waiting to hear from some winners.  Next sets will go out early next week.  

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    12 minutes ago, Ed Mack said:

    Second round of sets went out this morning.  I am still waiting to hear from some winners.  Next sets will go out early next week.  

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    Dibs on whatever prize doesn't get claimed!

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