The Jack Vasel Memorial Fund Auction 2020 (CLOSED)
- JVMF Auction AdminUnited States
The Jack Vasel Memorial Fund Auction 2020
THE AUCTION IS NOW CLOSED
FAQ ITEM GUIDE TERMS AND CONDITIONS WISHLIST MY ITEMSWhat is the Jack Vasel Memorial Fund?
One tragic event and two acts of generosity brought the BGG community together: the result was the Jack Vasel Memorial Fund. In January 2011, Cate Pfeifer (Cate108) posted an auction for Tom Vasel and his family to help with the financial hardship related to the unfortunate loss of his son, Jack. The generosity of the BGG community was amazing. Tom was touched and wanted to pay the kindness forward so he created the Jack Vasel Memorial Fund. He used some of the money that BGGers donated and spent to build this fund. The fund is a not-for-profit with a simple goal: raising and distributing funds to help gamers in their hour of need.
Are you (or is someone you know) a member of the public that is part of the gaming community who has suffered a personal hardship? The gaming community's generosity up to this point has been amazing, and we anticipate you will continue to amaze us. However, we are not just here to raise money, but also to do good.
Please contact the Jack Vasel Memorial Fund if you believe you are a member of the gaming community and have suffered personal hardship. Tom and the rest of our Board of Directors are happy to work with you to explain our eligibility criteria, confirm your situation is within our mission statement, and then provide assistance. You can fill out an application for help online here.
Visit JackVasel.org for more information.
So how does this auction work?
Add an item to this list! (check the FAQ if you need help)
Both individual and business donations are welcome. Unusual game items are very welcome. You can also list items of general geeky goodness as well (electronics, comics, geekgold, half pony/half monkey creations, etc...). This list is active in BGG, RPGG and VGG. Items in all three genres are welcome.
You may set minimum bids. If there is a minimum dollar amount you are comfortable letting the item go for, please state that in your item description as a minimum bid. Please do not publicly complain about low bids. Set a minimum bid if you are not comfortable with letting something go for as little as $1 (an extreme, but possible, example).
There are no standard shipping requirements - please select those that suit you (i.e. "Free worldwide shipping" or "Will pay first $15 towards shipping" etc...). You may also state that buyer pays shipping - again, whatever you are comfortable with.
There may be no more than one winner per geeklist item. If you are giving away 5 copies of a game, please list them all separately instead of saying that the 5 highest bidders get one game each.
No BIN (buy it now) auctions, please.
Please do not delete an item once it has been posted. There is a lot of administrative work going on behind the scenes and disappearing items make for a headache! If you must retract an item you have offered, please contact one of the auction admins listed at the bottom of this post, and we'll help.
Bid on items!
To bid, simply reply to an individual item with your bid amount.
All bids must be listed in USD and be in whole dollar amounts.
When you bid, please subscribe to the item(s) you are bidding on. This allows you to be informed when outbid, in case you want to bid again.
Please bid generously. Remember this if for charity!
Once you place a bid, please do not modify or retract your bid. We understand that sometimes financial issues arise that are out of your control. If you absolutely must retract your bid please contact one of the auction admins listed at the bottom of this post. If you receive permission from the admins to withdraw a bid you will be asked to no longer bid on new items until you restore the withdrawn bid.
When does the auction end? What happens after that?
The auction ends at 11:59pm server time on April 04, 2020. This means that we will not accept any bids with a timestamp of 12:00 a.m. or later the night the auction closes. (Please note the anti-sniping rule below). Server time is CDT (GMT -5).
Once the auction has closed, an official volunteer will announce the winner of each item and post instructions for payment. All payments for winning bids will be made through PayPal directly to the Jack Vasel Memorial Fund's PayPal account - not the person donating the item (separate shipping costs may need to be paid to the donor if specified in the item description). To be clear - ALL payments must be made via PayPal - no exceptions. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.
A big thank you to BoardGameGeek and the kind folks who run and administer this site. Given the nature of this auction, sales do not need to be run through the BGG Marketplace, as the admins have kindly agreed to waive the commission for sales in this auction. This is a huge donation in itself, so thank you BGG!
All proceeds generated by this auction go to the Jack Vasel Memorial Fund for our charitable work. You can check the JVMF website for examples of how our organization is helping the gaming community.
Bids and donations made in this auction are tax deductible. The Jack Vasel Memorial Fund is a recognized 501(c)(3) not-for-profit under U.S. tax law, but does not provide tax advice. We will, however, provide tax receipts upon request at the beginning of the year. See this post for more information: TERMS AND CONDITIONS
Above all this is a charity auction. In addition to bidding generously, be good to each other! If any disagreements arise during the auction please attempt to resolve them via personal GeekMail and keep item and GeekList comments clear of arguing. If there is a situation that cannot be resolved, please bring it to the attention of the auction admins.
ANY complaints about someone else's bid, whether on your item, or someone else's will not be tolerated. This includes public complaints about perceived "low" offers, being outbid by one dollar, and things like that. We're not talking about good-natured challenging of people to increase their bids. We're talking about being clearly annoyed at someone and trying to let them and others know it. If you have an issue, deal with it in private, or contact an auction admin.
We have a very simple anti-sniping rule: If a bid comes in within 15 minutes of the end of the auction, the auction will be extended on that item by 15 minutes. Each subsequent bid resets the 15 minute clock on that item. It's not perfect, given the fact that someone will always be in bed or at work when the auction ends, but it's the most reasonable and manageable solution. Get your bids in early and hopefully none of this is an issue! But in the interest of being good to each other, please do not deliberately place "snipe bids."
Auction admins will ultimately settle any disputes as fairly as they can - but let's not let it get that far. If an admin makes a decision, please accept it with good grace, even if it goes against you.
Who is in charge around here?
The Jack Vasel Memorial Fund Auction is run by a group of volunteers under the authority of and in coordination with the Fund's board of directors.
If you have any questions, don't forget to check the FAQ or contact the appropriate administrator from the list below.
Any and all questions regarding the auction can be directed to one of the following Auction Administrators directly:
Auction AdministratorsDaniel SchwartzkopfUnited States
CAThe science of history is a great bulwark against the stream of Time; in a way it checks this irresistible flood, it holds in a tight grasp whatever it can seize floating on the surface and will not allow it to slip away into the depths of oblivion
A special THANK YOU to all of the other volunteers: acreman, balzi, bobondi, Clamjamfry, Common Man Games, cvdellen, elephantgirl, feenix1363, hockeyking9, Jormi_Boced, theercs, zippy1979, . It's a much tougher job than you might think! If you have a moment, let them know how much you appreciate their help with the auction.How Can I Support the Fund Year-round?
AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon that lets you enjoy the same wide selection of products, low prices, and convenient shopping features as on Amazon.com. The difference is that when you shop on AmazonSmile (smile.amazon.com), the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price to the eligible charitable organization of your choice. The Jack Vasel Memorial Fund is an eligible charitable organization.
The Jack Vasel Memorial Fund is listed as an eligible charity for donations. On the main page you can find "If you would like to support a different charity, select a new one from our database of thousands" and search for Jack Vasel Memorial Fund. There is also a choice to search for the Fund when checking out from the Humble Store.
When creating an eBay listing, you can check the box for "Donate a portion to charity" which allows you to designate the Jack Vasel Memorial Fund as a recipient.
You can donate to the fund directly using this link: PayPal Giving Fund
(do not use this link to pay for auction items)
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