Posted by Elaine on June 01, 1999 at 10:56:24:
There's a couple of things that some of us, in our exuberating messages, may have neglected to say in regards to raffles.
Though we certainly hope that the planned raffles at this year's Gathering prove to be a fun addition to the weekend, they are by no means intended as central events. Visiting the film locations & each other is what the Gathering is all about. It will be fun just being here!
The raffle items that have been "gathered" thus far are of such diversity it'll be a real hoot just going through the process. Lots of neat things have been donated by so many people - it's really just a fun thing to do!
As far as the Mask Raffle; same thing. It is a great opportunity for those who are interested in participating to do so but it is by no means right for everyone. Our intention was to be enthusiastic & *up* about what we feel is a really good opportunity for those who are either interested or able to take advantage of it. However, in our enthusiastic posts, we may have sounded too *pushy*???? If so, please accept our apologies. The Raffle is intended as a fun ADDITION to the whole, not as a required participational event. As it is, we are aware that just getting here is very costly. Please don't feel any obligation to purchase a ticket! Being here is the main thing!!!
When we speak of supporting the artist, we do not mean to imply that this is the only way to do that. Not at all!
If anyone has been left with that impression, forgive our oversight in not clarifying that point. Wishing someone well in life is as valid an act of support as anything else can ever be. In the case of Eric Schweig, every LOTM fan, as well as fans of Eric's other movies have certainly been his supporters!
Having said that, IF anyone is interested, by all means do jump in.
But ONLY if it's something you want & can do, okay? I hope we haven't made anyone feel uncomfortable about this. We really just want it to be enjoyable.
Either way, it'll all be a lot of fun & that's the goal.
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