Weekly Paul Zimmerman/Nothing Is Impossible Benefit Update
Quite a week of news for the Z-man. We've got more teams on board with extremely charitable donations, and we've got an online auction site set up so you can start perusing and, hopefully, bidding on some interesting trips and experiences.
As most of you know, we'll be holding a benefit for SI pro football maven Paul Zimmerman on May 18 at 7 p.m. at Mayfair Farms in West Orange, N.J., with Giants coach Tom Coughlin and Jets coach Rex Ryan appearing with me on a panel to rev up attendees for the 2009 football season. Dr. Z suffered three strokes last November, leaving him unable to read, speak or write, and we're raising money for him to undergo some aggressive treatment so he can resume the life of writing -- we hope -- that he longs for. Tickets to the dinner (open bar begins at 6:15) are $225, or $1,500 for a table of eight, and can be had by writing a checking payable to "Dr. Z/Nothing Is Impossible Foundation'' and sending to: Dr. Z/Nothing is Impossible Foundation, 21 Pine St., Suite 202, Rockaway, N.J., 07866.
This week, Buffalo owner Ralph Wilson checked in with a donation that blew us away. Raiders executive Amy Trask came through with a fun day at Raiders training camp -- a VIP outing for six, complete with lunch, at the Raider camp in Napa, Calif., and if I may make a recommendation, the sights and sounds of an NFL camp in the midst of such splendor as the Napa Valley is not to be missed; you Raider fans out there know what I'm talking about. And there's a very nice Eagles trip, or actually trips: four tickets to the Eagles-Giants in Philadelphia, onfield passes before the game ... and a second fun day, with passes for four to a day at Eagles camp in Bethlehem, Pa. Thanks to one and all for coming together to help Zim.
We also owe a big debt of gratitude to our friends at the online auction site cmarket, of Cambridge, Mass., for donating their services. Today, for the first time, you can begin the bidding process online. Here's how you access the site, and begin bidding:
Go to www.DrZ.cmarket.com. Click on the "register'' link near the top of the page. Fill in your information, including choosing a unique username (your e-mail works fine) and password. After you click "submit,'' you are registered for our auction. In order to place a bid, you must add a credit card to you account. When you go to place your first bid (or you can click on "my account'' in the upper right corner), follow the instructions to do so securely. Browse through the great items that have been donated for the auction and bid away. The bidding works like most online auction sites, and you can click on "help'' on any page to get answers to your questions.
Thank you, cmarket. It goes without saying we couldn't do this without you.
We'll be adding events and things in the next couple of weeks. So check back often. You can also buy tickets to the event online, if you'd rather purchase them that way instead of sending a check.
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