So are you interested is having your company name listed on the Christmas Lights web pages ... and helping out a good charitable cause? I'm not a lawyer/PR/marketing/whatever person, but lets make this real easy. First, read about the Center for Celiac Research and then donate online at their web site and in the comments, say "I like Alek's Christmas Lights" ... and forward me the confirmation Email. I'll add your name/company (maximum 3 words and must be family friendly) to the web pages listed above for a year. There is no promises, guarantees, whatever on how many web hits and/or media coverage will happen.
Donation levels are:
$100 (individual no link), $1,000 (company with link), $10,000 (company with link and similar-size logo).
Contact me with any questions/comments, but THAT is the "deal" - i.e. it's real simple
and don't bother me (or the fine folks at the Celiac Research Center) with your
lawyers, 50-page contracts, or any of that crap. I reserve the right to
decline any ad and also change these terms and conditions ... but highly doubtful that will happen.
Pam King - CFCR Director of Operations
My kids (that's Dirk, Kyle, and their Big Green Buddy in the picture) were diagnosed with Celiac Disease when they were infants. This is an autoimmune disorder triggered by the protein gluten found in wheat, rye, barley and possibly oats. Similar to diabetes, you don't grow out of this ... and there is no cure short of going on a strict gluten-free diet. So while low-carb diets are the rage these days, it's a bit of a challenge when the kids go to events such as birthday parties (cake is a no-no unless made with rice flour) or after school/sports gatherings at a pizza joint. There's a LOT more I could write (spending 4 days at Children's hospital for "failure to thrive" is no fun), but the kids are doing great now, mostly thanx to the great efforts by my wonderful wife Wendy. Hopefully when my kids grow up, they will be able to go out with (old) Dad not only for (corn chip) Nacho's and Margarita's (Tequila is OK), but also Burgers (with a real bun) and Beer! ;-)
2013 Update: Dirk & Kyle are now 15 & 12 years old and we have just found out that the initial diagnosis was incorrect - i.e. it was a false positive for Celiac Disease. After living gluten-free for 13 years, this was life altering ... but fortunately in a good way. So while my kids don't have CD, I'd still like to continue my effort to support Celiac Disease research since it affects so many people.
$80,830 has been raised (as of January 9th, 2014) to fund research
to find a cure for Celiac Disease.
The webcams would still be live for everyone in the world to
watch ... but only you could control the lights & inflatables.
And the rest of the time, anyone in the world can continue to
control the lights for free.
I don't know if that is a good idea ... or maybe just dumb.
So drop me a note and let me know
what you think ... and for sure if you'd be willing to do it.