Ulrika O’Brien, who worked the auction, wrote up an excellent account of the proceedings. Here it is in full:
SASQUAN FAN FUNDS AFTER-AUCTION REPORT
I confess when I first sat down at the cashiers’ table, I felt a degree of trepidation. As I surveyed the crowd across the dim and smoky haze in Guinan’s, it seemed to me that most fans present were there to drink and weren’t terribly interested in our little proceedings. But from the moment Andy Hooper took the mic, the auction rolled along at a spanking pace with brisk and lively bidding and much jollity. It was a good time, and made good money.
Final auction sales came to $1870.00, divided thus:
Checks to TAFF and DUFF sitting administrators will be sent out this week; GUFF funds have been disbursed.
There were a lot of heroes who made this auction so successful, and I will probably manage to forget someone because it was a long and busy convention but here goes:
PREP AND RUNNERS
Andrew P. Hooper
Especially the super-helpful Kelly Buehler, who was originally only there to run the sound board and stepped up like a champ.
She who would rather not be named on the internet
And of course a gigantic shout out of thanks to everyone who donated auction goods, and everyone who came and bid and bought our stuff. You guys are all TOTALLY AWESOME.
Humbly submitted: Ulrika O’Brien, TAFF ’98
That is a terrific result and I’m so very grateful to all of the above mentioned for running a great auction. Big thanks to Toni Weiskopf, Naomi Fisher and Tom Becker (on behalf of Art Widner’s family) for their donations. Even bigger thanks to everyone who showed up and supported the fan funds with their time and money.
Super supremo thanks to Norman Cates for his fundraising contributions and efforts outside of Worldcon. He raised almost $400 for the fund while at Gen Con this year, chiefly by bringing really cool stuff from WETA and sundry New Zealand curiosities to auction. What an excellent friend he is to the fan funds.