Over the past two years, we’ve been fortunate to build a faithful following here at This Is Nowhere, and to watch an incredible little community grow out of our shared love of The Airborne Toxic Event. It’s been a privilege to get to know so many of you – whether in person at shows, or just virtually as we enjoy the band together online.
From time to time, readers ask us what they can do to support the website. Though we very much appreciate the generous sentiment, I’ve always been content to run the website out of my own pocket. We’re happy to provide all our content and giveaways free of charge, and have no intention of changing that.
However, we got to thinking… perhaps we could put this community to good use and join together to make a difference for a cause that is near and dear to our hearts.
If you’re a longtime reader, you probably know that I have a ten-year-old daughter with Down syndrome. You probably also know that this has been an extraordinarily difficult year for us, as Becca was diagnosed with leukemia last October. In the sixth months since then, we have spent over 80 nights in hospital as she fights this cursed disease with a courage that surpasses anything I have ever imagined possible. She is truly an inspiration – and a TATE fan to boot!
Next month, my family and I will be participating in Run Up for Down Syndrome on Becca’s behalf. We are raising funds to support the important work of the Down Syndrome Research Foundation, which empowers individuals with Down syndrome to reach their full potential through customized educational programs and critical research. DSRF has been instrumental in Becca learning to read, and we look forward to continuing that work after she’s done beating cancer.
In the interest of full disclosure, I should mention that I also happen to work for DSRF. But this is much more than just a job to us – it is an effective and efficient organization that has a tremendous impact in the lives of many families, and we would be proud to support it even if we weren’t part of it.
So, today I’m asking for your help. If you have a few dollars to spare, we would be very thankful for anything you can do to support our efforts. There are two ways to do so:
1. Make a Donation
All donations are fully tax deductible, both in Canada and the U.S. Click here to donate through our fundraising page.
2. Add to Your Airborne Toxic Event Collection
We have joined with some generous friends and fellow fans of The Airborne Toxic Event to put together a unique auction of TATE items that you won’t find anywhere else. This is a chance for you to add some one-of-a-kind (or in some cases, two-of-a-kind) Airborne swag to your personal collection. Most of the items have been signed by the band, for which we are extremely grateful. Every penny raised from the sale of these items will be donated to the Down Syndrome Research Foundation – all artists involved have donated their time and talents free of charge.
Below is a description of each item, along with a link to the eBay auction.
Item #1: Digital Painting of The Airborne Toxic Event’s Mikel Jollett and Anna Bulbrook
This artwork was created digitally by talented Irish artist and Airborne fan Keith Thompson, based on a wonderful photograph by Jennifer McInnis of Creative Copper Images. It has been professionally printed on a 30×20″ canvas (1.5″ thick) that will make a stunning centerpiece for any TATE display!
Minimum Bid: $150
Items #2 and 3: The Airborne Toxic Event Hand Painted Umbrella (Autographed)
These two umbrellas (one of which was donated by Jennifer Largent) were hand painted by TATE fans Tim and Wendy Steele. The Airborne Toxic Event generously signed them when the band played in Denver this spring. Be prepared for all these buckets of rain!
Minimum Bid: $75
Item #4: The Airborne Toxic Event Hand Painted Rain Poncho (Autographed)
This rain poncho was donated and hand painted by TATE fans Tim and Wendy Steele. The Airborne Toxic Event generously signed it when the band played in Denver this spring. Be prepared for all these buckets of rain!
Minimum Bid: $75
Items #5 and 6: The Airborne Toxic Event Autographed Gas Masks
These two gas masks were donated by Tim and Wendy Steele. The Airborne Toxic Event generously signed them when the band played in Denver this spring. Protect yourself from any airborne toxins that may come your way!
Minimum Bid: $75
Item #7: The Airborne Toxic Event Framed Photo/Mug Package – $150 Value
This package, generously donated by Kristina Lee, includes $150 worth of Airborne Toxic Event photographic products from MacPhotographers.com. We recommend a 10×25″ print of the Mikel Jollett seen here, mounted and framed in a glassless box frame, and a ceramic mug with Mikel Jollett image; however, you will be free to choose your TATE images and products from the MacPhotographers collection, up to a total value of $150. Free shipping.
Minimum Bid: $100
Items #8-17: The Airborne Toxic Event 15″ Ceramic Mug
Kristina Lee has generously donated ten 15″ white ceramic mugs with the Mikel Jollett image seen here, from MacPhotographers.com. Free shipping.
Minimum Bid: $15
Good luck, happy bidding, and thank you for your support!
Glen is the founder and editor of This Is Nowhere. He’s grateful for an understanding wife and kids who indulge his silly compulsion to chase a band all over the Pacific Northwest (and occasionally beyond) every time the opportunity arises.