Monday, October 3, 2011

Check off your gift list and help journalism leaders, too!

Staring Nov. 1, the first ever Associated Press Media Editors online holiday auction takes a bow. A great way to give gifts that help journalism, APME and even help you at tax time, since donations to APME are tax deductible. 

First step: Find groovy items to donate. They could be sporting tickets, vacation getaways, beverage packages, gift certificates, books, editorial cartoons, fan packages, jewelry, news-related items, framed news photos, music, movies, books, almost anything goes.

To donate, send a photo of your item(s), a brief description, value and contact information. We'll take it from there and let you know where to ship it Dec. 2.

And then, you should come and bid on the other items, too. It's fun, it's fast and can fill your wish list.

Your donation or your winning bid goes directly to help this volunteer organization advance the cause of professional journalism for AP-member publications and broadcasters in practical, meaningful ways. The three other 2011 online auctions produced almost $1,800 that went directly to supporting professional journalism leaders. APME and its foundation are nonprofit organizations and your donations are tax-deductible.

Online bidding ends 5 p.m. EST Thursday, Dec. 1.

Winners will be notified by after the auction has ended and will receive their certificates or items after payment is received.

Thank you to our auction donors and to all our bidders!

For more information, contact APME President Bob Heisse, Auction Co-Chairs Dennis Anderson and Laura Sellers or APME Executive Director Sally Jacobsen

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