Tuesday, June 29, 2010


1. When does the silent auction run?

This silent auction will begin Monday, July 5th, 2010, and run through Sunday, July 11th, 2010. Bidding ends on July 11th at 6:00 p.m. EST.

2. Why is my e-mail address going to be visible to others?

When I decided to do an online auction, I couldn’t afford to use eBay or other online auction sites. I want as much money as possible to go to the cause. A team of 3-Day walkers who had done a successful on-line auction were gracious enough to share how they did it. So a silent auction blog is what I’m doing.

Because I’ll need a way to contact you to let you know that you’ve won the auction, this is the only way that will work.

If you are uncomfortable with having your address out for everyone to see, may I suggest that you set up a yahoo or hotmail account?

If you are still not comfortable—please contact me at kahearn@roadrunner.com to discuss a bidding alternative.

3. I’ve looked through your items and I didn’t find anything of interest. However, I love your cause. Can I still donate?

OF COURSE! I’d be happy to accept a donation!

Donations to the 3-Day can be made via check or credit card by going to www.the3day.org/goto/KathiAhearn. Once there, for donations by check, scroll to the bottom of the page to print out a donation form. To make a donation by credit card, click on the Click to donate to Kathi in 2010 button on the upper left side.

Cash donations are not accepted.

4. How did you decide on the starting bid amount?

Starting bids are anywhere from 25 to 30 percent of the estimated value.

5. I see I'm the first bidder. The minimum starting bid is listed. Do I have to start at that price or can I go higher?

Of course! Feel free to bid as high as you'd like. The minimum starting bid is the lowest amount that I'll accept for the item. Should a first bid be lower than the minimum bid amount, that bid will not be accepted and eventually deleted from the comments section.

6. I had the highest bid, but now I see I’ve been outbid. Why wasn’t I notified?

I am unable to notify bidders that they’ve been outbid. Just like a face-to-face silent auction, bidders need to take responsibility to check on their bids to make sure that they are still the high bidder.

7. How much do I need to pay for shipping?

Shipping will be covered by me. However, if you'd like to make a donation for the shipping of your item, I would be happy to accept it. Please contact me at kahearn@roadrunner.com to discuss this donation.

8. How did you come up with the estimated value on the donated items?

The value was determined by cost of materials, time, and market value.

Monday, June 28, 2010

About me

I’m a wife, mother, daughter, quilter, 3-Day walker, church administrator, and past NEADS puppy raiser. I think that about sums it up.

I’m a regular at the gym and a few years ago I started walking with a friend for the exercise. Little did I know at the time that it would lead me to walk in the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure three years in a row!

Walking has never been my exercise of choice but when the opportunity came up to walk with a new friend, I went for it and am truly glad I did. I had always thought about walking in a multiple day walk to benefit breast cancer research and awareness but truthfully I don’t think I would ever have done it on my own. It took others to say they were thinking about it for me to say, “If you do, I will.”

That first year we were a team of 10 and boy did we learn a lot! We trained and did fundraisers together for what seemed like eternity. It was awesome though. The support we received from our friends, family and communities was beyond our wildest dreams. We raised over $32,000.

Last year, some of the original team members walked again and we were joined by some new members, including my daughter to make up a team of 7. While we still held fundraisers, we were blessed to have a local company, Thorndike Press, take us on as their charity for the year. They held many fundraisers and donated almost $10,000 to us helping us to raise over $17,000.

This year there are five of us, who have walked together before, walking again. While we are working more as individuals to raise funds, we are in touch with each other for much support.

Each year I have been fortunate to have my quilting friends support me financially as well as emotionally. Several of the quilts in this auction were made from blocks that they donated to me. I also received a $300 mini-grant from the Pine Tree Quilters Guild to help pay for the supplies needed to make the quilts.

I get asked why I do the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure. My answer is simple: because I can.

Like many of us, I know several people who have been diagnosed with breast cancer. Every time I learn of someone else getting that diagnosis, I know that there is always the possibility that I could be the one someday getting that news.

So, what I do for now is walk - a lot!

Thank you so much to everyone who has supported me in one way or another along the way.

The Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure is a 60-mile walk over the course of three days. Net proceeds from the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure™ are invested in breast cancer research and community programs.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Auction to open soon!

Monday, July 5th begins my first ever online silent auction.

There will be at least five quilts up for grabs.

All money raised from this auction will go to the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure.

Auction begins Monday, July 5th at midnight and runs until Sunday, July 11th at 6 pm EST.

Stay tuned for more information.