Passing the baton

I have transferred the fund’s remaining balance to Paul Weimer who is now the North American DUFF delegate and administrator. He will be taking over this site and its administration as the 41st winner of the Down Under Fan Fund.

My profound gratitude to Marty Cantor who acted as fund treasurer for many years before I stepped up as acting administrator in May 2015 after Juanita Colman was unable to fulfill her commitment. He ensured the fund’s continuing ability to function in spite of a few continuity glitches. Thanks also to my Down Under counterpart Julian Warner who stepped in for Bill Wright and administered last year’s race with the help of Justin Ackroyd. Most of all, thank you to everyone around the world who donated, bid, voted, promoted and auctioned on DUFF’s behalf. This fund is a group effort. Well done, group!

Lucy Huntzinger, DUFF NA 1987

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Paul Weimer wins 2017 DUFF race

Congratulations to Paul Weimer who will travel from the U.S. to visit Australia and New Zealand in June.

There were 21 valid ballots submitted in North America and 19 in Australasia for a total of 40. Paul received 37 first place votes.

Of the 21 North American votes cast, 19 listed Paul Weimer in 1st place, 2 listed Hold Over Funds in 1st place.

Of the 19 Australasian votes cast, 18 listed Paul Weimer in 1st place, 1 listed No Preference in 1st place.

DUFF received two valid ballots with no votes listed and a request to accept the fee included as a donation only. We also received one ballot with no fee submitted; it was disqualified.

The voting fees and donations came to $203.53 AUD and $207.44 USD. The administrators are grateful to everyone to voted and extend special thanks to everyone who gave more than the minimum.

Voters: Alexandra Pierce, Sam Hawke, Tehani Croft, Kirstyn McDermott, Michelle Goldsmith, Jennifer Bagley, Timothy Walker, Jean Weber, Eric Lindsay, Anne Lyle, Catherine Lundoff, Carey Handfield, Gillian Polack, Helen Lowe, Andrew Robins, Amanda Bridgeman, Simon Litten, June Young, Irwin Hirsh, Martha Wilson, Murray Moore, [name redacted], Michael Kennedy, Curt Phillips, David Axler, Alis Rasmussen, Bart Patton, Steven Silver, R. Laurraine Tutihasi, Courtney Schafer, Donna Marie Hanson, Joel Zakem, Sarah Olsen, Jackie McKown, Dave Robison, Nina Horvath, Naomi Fisher, Patrick Molloy, Grace Molloy, Mark Linneman. Donations received from Janice Gelb and John Hertz.