Children's Fundraiser Tonight

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    Dec 20, 2015 5:19 AM GMT
    Attended a fundraiser at a private home tonight, to benefit needy children. Your admission "ticket" was a kid's bicycle as a Christmas gift. Either an entire new bike, or else you contributed a minimum amount to a bike purchase. Most of us gave the money for an entire bike to the organizer/host couple ahead of the event, who bought them in bulk at a discount.

    My husband & I did this and bought several. The top donor, whom we know, bought 20 bikes. A total of nearly 300 bikes were collected.

    Of the 2 benefiting children's agencies, one works with HIV/AIDS pediatric cases. While the other shelters abandoned and abused children, effectively orphans while the courts decide their disposition.

    A team of volunteers worked from early this morning to assemble the bikes, which were displayed at the party tonight. Here are some of the bikes for older children:

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    Here are some of the bikes for the younger kids, including some trikes. You'll notice the bike helmets displayed on the ground, which all the children will also get with their new bike.

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    This took place in Wilton Manors, Florida, the "gay ghetto" as southbeach1500 scornfully calls us. This is the kind of thing this largely gay community regularly does, not just at Christmas. And one more reason my husband & I love living here. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Dec 20, 2015 5:32 AM GMT
    Your munificence is boundless!

    (All I got for Christmas was a thesaurus.)

    Have a Joyous Noel!
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    Dec 20, 2015 1:58 PM GMT
    Thanks Southbeach for the definition of the word Ghetto.
    That was a very interesting read.
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    Dec 20, 2015 1:59 PM GMT
    Congratulations. In my mind, it's not the intention (expressed, implied, or perceived) of the donor that matters in charitable work. It is the result that truly matters. Tons of people donate for reasons other than generosity of spirit (for example, self-aggrandizement, quid pro quo expectations, etc.), but some good still comes out of it, and that's what truly matters in the long run. So, I always tell potential donors to the public charities that I represent: I don't care about your intention; I care about who benefits from your donation.
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    Dec 20, 2015 2:00 PM GMT
    southbeach1500 saidHere we go again...
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    Art_Deco saidAttended a fundraiser at a private home tonight, to benefit needy children.


    At a "private home" huh? I hope one day to be able to visit one of those, having only ever set foot (apparently) in "public homes."


    Art_Deco said Your admission "ticket" was a kid's bicycle as a Christmas gift. Either an entire new bike, or else you contributed a minimum amount to a bike purchase. Most of us gave the money for an entire bike to the organizer/host couple ahead of the event, who bought them in bulk at a discount.

    As one would expect from attendees at an exclusive "private home" fundraiser.


    Art_Deco saidMy husband & I did this

    Mr. Deco: Since you have not legally married your partner (which has been possible to do for quite some time now), he is no more your "husband" than he is your grandfather. To continually misrepresent your marital status on a public gay site is quite offensive.


    Art_Deco said and bought several.

    You are truly the definition of philanthropy.

    Art_Deco saidThe top donor, whom we know, bought 20 bikes. A total of nearly 300 bikes were collected.
    I think we all assume that you WOULD "know" the top donor, being a self-proclaimed "Wilton Manors Gay A+ Lister Mover and Shaker."


    Art_Deco saidThis took place in Wilton Manors, Florida, the "gay ghetto" as southbeach1500 scornfully calls us. This is the kind of thing this largely gay community regularly does, not just at Christmas. And one more reason my husband & I love living here.

    Surely with your superior intellect you know that the term "gay ghetto" fits Wilton Manors perfectly, as it is a gay community that is segregated from the rest of the surrounding area.

    Here is a wonderfully edifying look at the term "ghetto" from the liberal-approved outfit National Public Radio:

    http://www.npr.org/sections/codeswitch/2014/04/27/306829915/segregated-from-its-history-how-ghetto-lost-its-meaning


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    Dec 20, 2015 2:26 PM GMT
    DOMINUS saidCongratulations. In my mind, it's not the intention (expressed, implied, or perceived) of the donor that matters in charitable work. It is the result that truly matters. Tons of people donate for reasons other than generosity of spirit (for example, self-aggrandizement, quid pro quo expectations, etc.), but some good still comes out of it, and that's what truly matters in the long run. So, I always tell potential donors to the public charities that I represent: I don't care about your intention; I care about who benefits from your donation.

    Excellent post. And also if someone's looking for a way to spread some cheer this season remember seniors in nursing homes. Children aren't the only ones in need. Drop off some throws, blankets, sweaters, robes. (These seemed to be the most requested items on my church's senior tree. One man just wanted a coconut cake).
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    Dec 20, 2015 2:31 PM GMT
    I forgot the ladies wanted perfume. I guess the 80 year olds are still trying to catch a man.
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    Dec 20, 2015 3:11 PM GMT
    DOMINUS saidCongratulations. In my mind, it's not the intention (expressed, implied, or perceived) of the donor that matters in charitable work. It is the result that truly matters. Tons of people donate for reasons other than generosity of spirit (for example, self-aggrandizement, quid pro quo expectations, etc.), but some good still comes out of it, and that's what truly matters in the long run. So, I always tell potential donors to the public charities that I represent: I don't care about your intention; I care about who benefits from your donation.

    You make a very valid point. Part of this bicycle drive's attraction for many people was as a social function, an opportunity to see and be seen, and be recognized by your peers for your charity.

    The Mayor, Vice-Mayor, and half the City Commission were there, along with other influential people. And the gay couple who organize this drive and host the event at their home own several businesses in town. Some self-promotion going on, sure, but as you suggest, the bottom line is that needy kids are gonna get bikes for Christmas that they wouldn't otherwise.

    And I mention these things online here to encourage others to look into doing similar things within their own communities. Like in another thread where I talked about our holiday food drive for the needy with HIV/AIDS. I still follow the US Army adage to "lead by example", and you can't set an example if your work is a secret no one else knows about. So that does leave me open to attacks by obsessed haters like southbeach1500 (as Ex_Mil8 slyly observes), but again, the bottom line justifies that trade-off.

    Incidentally, I find it amusing to see SB covering himself with a book definition of "ghetto". When every veteran RJ member knows he's used it for years not in the sense of the sanitized interpretation he now trots out, but as a pejorative term to slander the city of Wilton Manors, gay communities in general, and me in particular. But then we all know examples of people & entities that attempt to recast history and the facts to suit their own agendas. And also in this instance a bit of CYA.

    In any case, I'm glad this thread is getting some reads, since it's not too late to donate to a holiday "Toys for Tots" kind of drive in your own area. Or should I say gay ghetto? icon_wink.gif
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    Dec 20, 2015 3:37 PM GMT
    southbeach1500 saidI've always maintained that the Wilton Manors gay ghetto is a place where gays huddle, insulated and "safe" from the real, integrated world. I find such a mindset to run counter to what this country is all about, which is integration, not segregation. And you can not deny that Wilton Manors is segregated.


    You seem to have the same misunderstanding of "integration" as you do of "interaction" (discussed elsewhere). Exactly how are you integrating in the real world, when apparently you spend every waking hour posting on this gay website?
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    DOMINUS saidCongratulations. In my mind, it's not the intention (expressed, implied, or perceived) of the donor that matters in charitable work. It is the result that truly matters. Tons of people donate for reasons other than generosity of spirit (for example, self-aggrandizement, quid pro quo expectations, etc.), but some good still comes out of it, and that's what truly matters in the long run. So, I always tell potential donors to the public charities that I represent: I don't care about your intention; I care about who benefits from your donation.

    Excellent post. And also if someone's looking for a way to spread some cheer this season remember seniors in nursing homes. Children aren't the only ones in need. Drop off some throws, blankets, sweaters, robes. (These seemed to be the most requested items on my church's senior tree. One man just wanted a coconut cake).


    I second that.
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    Dec 20, 2015 4:57 PM GMT
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    southbeach1500 saidI've always maintained that the Wilton Manors gay ghetto is a place where gays huddle, insulated and "safe" from the real, integrated world. I find such a mindset to run counter to what this country is all about, which is integration, not segregation. And you can not deny that Wilton Manors is segregated.

    You seem to have the same misunderstanding of "integration" as you do of "interaction" (discussed elsewhere). Exactly how are you integrating in the real world, when apparently you spend every waking hour posting on this gay website?

    Wilton Manors is one of the least segregated places I know. Straights & gays mingle more freely and easily here than elsewhere. Whether that's always integration or merely interaction I'm not sure, but everyone seems to enjoy each other's company. If socializing together and going to each other's homes, having dinner, exchanging gifts and so forth isn't the sign of an integrated community then I don't know what more we should be doing.

    Just last night we spent some time at the kid's bicycle event with our straight Vice-Mayor (who's also formerly the Mayor) and his wife. We contribute money to his election campaigns, promote his candidacy and attend his functions. Far from hiding from the straights here, a lot of us would like to see this straight guy be the Mayor again of our mostly gay town, when the gay guy who's currently the Mayor steps down.

    And Wilton Manors has integration of other kinds, too. Mixed-race couples are quite common, as are mixed-race friendships and socializing. And gays and lesbians socialize freely, we all seem to know each other. Yesterday was our weekly Saturday "lesbian lunch", that we try to have with lesbian friends.

    At a place where our favorite bartender is also a lesbian, when she got her cash Christmas gift from us. As did another lesbian bartender the other day, as we made the rounds and gifted our 8 favorite Wilton Manors bartenders.

    And for the record and to preempt another SB slander, gay clubs form part of the social scene here, frequented by straights as well, where you eat, meet, have events and party, and do much more than drink. In fact, my husband rarely has more than a soft drink, and I don't drink that much myself. With the meds I'm on and with my medical conditions I can't.

    Hell, I had myself permanently tattooed with a medical alert for my epilepsy. I plan and restrain my drinking as compulsively as a military operation, something I presume you would understand, even if SB doesn't, or won't.

    Well, anyway, Wilton Manors is no closed or incestuous gay ghetto by any definition. Only someone with a history of attacking and attempting to undermine and sabotage gay communities would say so. We need to consider the past track record of the compulsive spoiler we're dealing with here.
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    Dec 20, 2015 5:05 PM GMT
    you remind me of those characters from Who - ville village ''How the Grinch Stole the Christmas''

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