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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 1:26 PM, Nsheppard9101 said:
    On 2/10/2016 at 6:36 AM, Ed Mack said:

    I've asked them all to post photos of their prizes.  It's up to them to come forward.  Nine are from the US.  One Canada.  One UK.  Mostly from the west coast.  None from the Northeast.....unfortunately for my wallet and shipping costs.  LOL

    I won the R2D2, but we're in the middle of moving into a new house so I won't be able to post a picture anytime soon!!  It came in the mail this past week though!!

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    31 minutes ago, Ed Mack said:

    Hopefully everything arrived in one piece(s)...LOL

    I think what you meant to say was,

    "Box was great conditions when I was sent it. Even doubleed brown wrap papers for special you. If still problem, can you file claim with USPS Post office local. Thanks."

     

     

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    21 minutes ago, Grynn said:

    I think what you meant to say was,

    "Box was great conditions when I was sent it. Even doubleed brown wrap papers for special you. If still problem, can you file claim with USPS Post office local. Thanks."

     

     

    Only top notch UPS for me...To US and Canada anyway.

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    Just here to say I enjoyed the raffle and was glad to support what I could.  I would be happy to support again next year if you need to do it again and I hope you reached your goal and helped the school.  Good job on this event. 

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    6 minutes ago, Squashmike10 said:

    Not worth as much now but I can't stop smiling, awesome,

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    Isn't this what LEGO is all about, in the end?

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    On 2/7/2016 at 1:58 PM, MathBuilder said:

    Did you eventually get the bat pod or lost your chance due to not replying on time? 

    I didnt reply in time... I was like 2 days away.

     

     

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    On 2/28/2016 at 7:54 AM, Squashmike10 said:

    Not worth as much now but I can't stop smiling, awesome,

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    Fantastic...Better than sitting in a box on a shelf!

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    26 minutes ago, Ed Mack said:

    The Second Annual Brickpicker Raffle for St.Paul School Coming Soon!

    I would be more into this if I had done better last year.

    Just kidding.  The kids are who won in the end.

    This year I will send my donation sets in prepackaged mailing boxes to make it easier on you.  I have dibs on donating a 10188.  It will look bad to have too many in one raffle.

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    Just now, belljohn said:

    I would be more into this if I had done better last year.

    Just kidding.  The kids are who won in the end.

    This year I will send my donation sets in prepackaged mailing boxes to make it easier on you.  I have dibs on donating a 10188.  It will look bad to have too many in one raffle.

    I am going to make a poll and ask the members if there was anything else they would love to see raffled off for the charity...like an Ipad or TV or something similar...in addition to LEGO sets.  There will be more current sets available this run.  I will be donating an SSD and more...

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    9 hours ago, belljohn said:

    This year I will send my donation sets in prepackaged mailing boxes to make it easier on you.  I have dibs on donating a 10188.  It will look bad to have too many in one raffle.

    I already know what lot I'll be getting raffle tickets for :)

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