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I am absolutely delighted to announce that through our “Photoshop Guys Guitar Raffle” you guys raised more than the $2,000 needed to get both of the vans back in working order for the Springs of Hope Orphanage in Kenya. How cool is that!!!!

The raffle ticket sales were $1,575, plus our Spiderlite friends at FJ Wescott & Company donated $100 toward the repair, and my wonderful friend and fellow photographer Janine kicked in $500 to take us over the top, raising a total of $2,175 for the Orphanage.

Now, it’s time to reveal our winner for the autographed guitar. The winner, picked at random from all the raffle ticket holders, is:

Marty Ginter of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Congrats to Marty (we’ll be shipping you the guitar soon!).

My heartfelt thanks to everyone who kicked in and bought a raffle ticket, and even though you may not have won the guitar, you won because by buying that ticket you helped orphaned kids on the other side of the world who were counting on you to be there for them….and you were. :)

I’m continually amazed and proud of the people who read this blog, and who over these past few years, through their boundless generosity, have helped transform an empty plot of land in Nakuru, Kenya, into a place which every single day provides food, education, hugs, love, and puts a roof over the heads of some truly wonderful (and totally adorable) young children. Ya did good, gang!

Please take a minute and check out the short video clip above—it’s an excerpt from this week’s episode of “The Grid” which explains why we need to raise some money quick to help the Springs of Hope Orphanage in Kenya, and how you might win “The Photoshop Guys” signed guitar for helping out.

Here’s the link (watch the video first, then I hope you’ll want to click the link and help. If you do help, please leave me a comment so I can thank you personally).

Hi Gang: I know many of you have generously supported the Springs of Hope Orphanage in Kenya this year, and I wanted to give you guys a quick update on a some great news:

(1) The sales of t-shirts from my Worldwide Photo Walk raised over $7,000 this year.
This could not have come at a better time. I got an email from Molly Bail, who runs the orphanage, looking for help in covering transportation costs, clothing, and school supplies for the children in the orphanage, and right about that time Rob Jones (from Towner Jones Photography, who organized the sale of the shirts), let me know that not only had we raised that much, but that the first check was already on its way. Way to go Rob, and to everyone who bought a shirt (100% of the profits went to the orphanage).

(2) Yesterday, after a very long, complex, and tedious process, the Orphanage was granted official registration as a Charitable Children’s Institute in Kenya (their designation for a Children’s Home). They had to go through loads of legal wrangling, and miles of red tape and politics to get this done, but thankfully—it’s done. During the hearing (in front of 20+ people from the Kenyan Children’s Dept. board, the head provincial officer who overseas children’s homes in a large area of Kenya, and had thoroughly inspected Springs of Hope Orphanage), said that he thought it to be “The Best!”

(3) You can follow Springs of Hope Kenya on Facebook right here.


Our buddy Rob Jones (of Towner Jones Photography), has come up with the “Killer Deal” of the year, for anyone participating in the World Wide PhotoWalk (or not).

You guys know we have official Photo Walk t-Shirts (Rob’s idea), and 100% of the profits from the sale of these shirts goes to the Springs of Hope Orphanage in Kenya, but Rob’s deal takes this up a BIG notch.

For this weekend only (through the 27th at midnight EDT), Towner Jones Photography will contribute an additional $10 per item to the Springs of Hope Orphanage.

Whether you’re walking or not, this is a AWESOME way to support the Orphange, and the walk, and you’ll look totally cool in the shirts.

Here’s the link. Order yours right now, while you’re thinking about it. :-)

My humble thanks to Rob for his incredibly big heart, and all his help in supporting the kids!


Ken Toney, regular commenter here on the blog, won the raffle we did for the “Photoshop Guys Signature Guitar” and he sent me the shot above of the guitar, in its display case, hanging on the wall of his office (which is pretty sweet, by the way). Click on the photo for a larger view.

The raffle raised nearly $2,500 for the Springs of Hope Orphanage, and then we raised another $1,300+ from the off camera flash t-shirts (which are still available, in four stunning styles by the way), right here.

Also, we raised an additional $1,000 through this blog’s affiliate program with Think Tank Photo, (makers of the most awesome camera bags I’ve ever used) so if you’re thinking of buying any Think Tank gear (over $50), use this link and: (1) You’ll get a cool freebie from Think Tank (see below), and (2) 100% of the affiliate fee goes directly to the orphanage.

Here are the free Think Tank Goodies you get to choose from:

  • Cable Management 20 ($19.95) Link
  • Modular Pouch ($19.95)  Link
  • Pixel Pocket Rocket ($16.50) Link
  • Security Tag ($25.00)  Link

Anyway, all totally cool stuff, for a really important cause.

Thanks to Ken for sharing the photo, and thanks to you all for helping to support the great kids from the Spring of Hope Kenya Orphanage.

You’ve gotta watch the short video above for all the details, but here’s the quick scoop:

(1) It’s a raffle I’m using as a final year-end fund raiser to help feed the orphans at the Springs of Hope Kenya Orphanage

(2) There’s more to it than just winning a cool guitar, so you have to watch the video.

(3) The raffle tickets are $25 each, and you can buy as many as you’d like to increase your chances to win. (Once you add your ticket to the cart, just click the “add another”  button as many times as you want).

(4) All the money, every single penny from every raffle ticket goes directly to Springs of Hope Kenya to feed and care for these wonderful children

(5) We’ll choose the winner at random on Monday, January 4, 2010 so enter now (or at least before that Monday. If you win—what an awesome way to start the year. If you don’t win, all your raffle ticket money still goes to feeding orphans. There is just no way to lose on this one).

(6) Here’s where you enter (link)

(7) This is my last fund-raiser for the year, so please help me spread the word through your blogs, Twitter, Facebook, carrier pigeon, etc..

(8) This is the stuff that Christmas is really all about. Well, not necessarily guitars, but you know what I mean. :)

Thanks you guys for helping transform an empty plot of land into a place where homeless children are homeless no more, and they’re loved and cared for by two of the most wonderful and genuine people I’ve ever known—Molly and Joseph Bail.