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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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    I hope i win at least one, specially the startwars sets. I love them!! Feel like my 75$ contribution wont be enough haha. I reeeaally want those. 

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    Didn't get any raffle tickets (yet) but did donate to the school.  Really just wanted to give the thread a bump

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    Didn't get any raffle tickets (yet) but did donate to the school.  Really just wanted to give the thread a bump

    Thanks. I appreciate the bump. I won't let people forget.

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    This is awesome!  My children are students at St. Paul School and we are humbled by the support seen here from far and wide!  Ed Mack has said it in previous messages but this is a school worth fighting for!  Our graduates are excelling at both the high school and college level and are confident, moral young adults who give back to their community.  My daughter is PROUD to be smart, and its a school that is cool to have good grades - National Junior Honor Society was first introduced to us last year when she was too young to be eligible and she knew from that moment that she wanted to be a part of that "elite" group of students!  My son reads above his grade level and wants to excel because that's what he sees around him.  KEEP ST. PAUL STRONG for many generations - its worth it - and Ed thanks again for organizing this - it's a great approach for our fundraising efforts!  Thanks everyone for supporting - I'll be buying tickets for my 8 y.o. or he'll never speak to me again (lol).

     

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    This is awesome!  My children are students at St. Paul School and we are humbled by the support seen here from far and wide!  Ed Mack has said it in previous messages but this is a school worth fighting for!  Our graduates are excelling at both the high school and college level and are confident, moral young adults who give back to their community.  My daughter is PROUD to be smart, and its a school that is cool to have good grades - National Junior Honor Society was first introduced to us last year when she was too young to be eligible and she knew from that moment that she wanted to be a part of that "elite" group of students!  My son reads above his grade level and wants to excel because that's what he sees around him.  KEEP ST. PAUL STRONG for many generations - its worth it - and Ed thanks again for organizing this - it's a great approach for our fundraising efforts!  Thanks everyone for supporting - I'll be buying tickets for my 8 y.o. or he'll never speak to me again (lol).

     

    Thanks for sharing Lucy. Lucy is St. Paul School's PTA President and does a great job.

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    Each time I get $100 in orders from my Brickowl and Bricklink site I will buy at *LEAST* one ticket (hopefully two per hundred) to help this cause.   Just started with my first.   Wish I could do more..... 

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    Ed and I have created a special group called "Giving Back" for members that have donated to Brickpicker Fundraiser.  We truly appreciate those that are giving back to Brickpicker and helping with a very worthwhile cause.  You will see certain members have a new little badge on the profiles.  If you did donate and used a different email address, please feel free to send me a PM and I can add you to the list.  I will try to run an update every day or two until the fundraiser closes.  It is a simple gesture to show our appreciation!!!

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    We also added a color to the Giving Back group that you can see them in the list of logged in users.

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    P.S. Mods will still retain their mod icons, I don't have a way to show two icons.  I still don't have an upgraded awards module to add to this forum, so this is all I can do for now!

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    Like Jeff said, if you have given to the St. Paul School raffle and want an icon, let us know.  We don't have all the emails and some people were left out so we can add you.  I appreciate all that has been given so far...I really do.  

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    I gave under a different email, but since the Mod icon can't be replaced I guess it doesn't really matter lol.

    To all who haven't donated yet, please consider all the good info and money this site will help make you in 2016 (and helped in 2015)

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    I am not a tax expert, but this can add to write offs for 2015 and I believe today is the last day.  Charity is a great thing!

    St. Paul School is a qualified 501(c)(3) entity and donations are deductible in accordance with the tax laws.  All funds raised through this site will only be used only to support St. Paul School for the 2016-2017 school year.  

     

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    Just purchased 5 (out of the possible 6 choices) tickets in the raffle. Depending on what will be added for the 7th option I might purchase another ticket for that one too when it's revealed. :) 

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    here's a reminder for folks as extra long December credit card statements are coming in the mail

    the donation for this good cause will be billed by "WPY*RallyUpcom".

     

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    4 hours ago, Haay said:

    Just purchased 5 (out of the possible 6 choices) tickets in the raffle. Depending on what will be added for the 7th option I might purchase another ticket for that one too when it's revealed. :) 

    The Second Bundle will be better than all the others.  I'm just waiting to see how this all plays out to see how I want to promote it.  

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    On 12/30/2015 at 10:27 AM, Ed Mack said:

    We go to Peddler's Village all the time.  Very nice area.  

    The next time that you go there, be sure to visit my friend's business,...

    https://www.asyoulikeitgallery.com

    She does AMAZING work.

    Be sure to tell her that I, Kevin Puls, sent you.

     

     

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    Kind of disappointing to see that less than 1% of the community has participated in the raffle for a good cause.  They are excellent prizes after all.  

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    I bought a few tickets today, new to the brickpicker community.

    Getting 2016 of to a good start, be positive and support this good cause.

     

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    Kind of disappointing to see that less than 1% of the community has participated in the raffle for a good cause.  They are excellent prizes after all.  

    There is still almost a month left yet and the holidays are finishing up, so I am I hoping that more people will find it in their hearts to buy a few tickets for a chance to win some top notch sets and to help some kids and teachers stay in a great school.

    In a way, the response to this raffle will tell Jeff and I (...and the other LEGO fan sites) what BrickPickers are made of. Are we givers or takers? My glass is half full, so I am counting on this community to come through for people in need.

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