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Old 11-17-2008, 06:29 AM   #1
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Just a note to ya'll.

We do an annual charity auction at my office for United Way. This year I donated 12 champagne bottles of appelwein & also the "home brew experience" where I go to the lucky winner's house and brew them an extract batch (not ready to take AG on the road...)

Well, the appelwein fetched $250, and the "homebrew experience" $300.

I'm pretty proud of myself - the ability to give back to the community a bit with my crazy hobby.
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Old 11-17-2008, 11:23 AM   #2
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That's awesome. Sometimes I wish my work was big enough to do stuff like that.
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Old 11-17-2008, 12:27 PM   #3
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Most all of our brewouts are charity driven. This allows us to write off the beer we donate and the ingredients we brew onsite. It's a great feeling to raise money for a good charity coupled with the taste of homebrew.
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Old 11-17-2008, 12:29 PM   #4
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That's great!

You get to give something back, and go introduce someone to homebrewing.

Do you leave the fermenter at their house and go back and bottle in a few weeks?
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Old 11-17-2008, 01:49 PM   #5
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That's pretty cool, Trance. It would be interesting to see the write-ups/introductions of each one (I don't know what they call that... whatever the auctioneer says about the item before accepting bids).
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Old 11-19-2008, 12:15 AM   #6
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That's great!

You get to give something back, and go introduce someone to homebrewing.

Do you leave the fermenter at their house and go back and bottle in a few weeks?

that's the idea. I think it'll be more fun for them to do it that way. Just have to convince him to leave the airlock on the entire time! I'll just tell him it'll be completely ruined if he takes it off.
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Old 11-20-2008, 05:33 PM   #7
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haha You'll go back and it'll be half empty with a pellicle on top. He'll say, It used to taste good, but started getting worse after nearly every glass. You made me bad beer! I paid $300 for gross beer?!

But kudos to you, great donations.
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Great idea, but the United Way as choice of a "good" charity?!?! I am sure Ms. King appreciates your contribution to her retirement instead of wasting it on those pesky "needy people". Sorry, but I hate the United Way...
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"United Way President and CEO Gloria Pace King has hired prominent Charlotte lawyer Bill Diehl to represent her in negotiations with her board of directors stemming from the growing controversy over her pay and benefits.
The board added $822,000 to King's retirement benefits last year, a six-fold increase over the $108,000 paid in 2006. It plans to pay between $450,000 and $500,000 into her retirement account each year for the next three years.
King's salary and bonus make her the fourth-highest-paid United Way executive, according to an Observer survey of 32 agencies. Only the United Ways in New York, Detroit and Miami pay more."

Kudos to you personally though. I admire your desire to give back.
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Great idea, but the United Way as choice of a "good" charity?!?! I am sure Ms. King appreciates your contribution to her retirement instead of wasting it on those pesky "needy people". Sorry, but I hate the United Way...
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"United Way President and CEO Gloria Pace King has hired prominent Charlotte lawyer Bill Diehl to represent her in negotiations with her board of directors stemming from the growing controversy over her pay and benefits.
The board added $822,000 to King's retirement benefits last year, a six-fold increase over the $108,000 paid in 2006. It plans to pay between $450,000 and $500,000 into her retirement account each year for the next three years.
King's salary and bonus make her the fourth-highest-paid United Way executive, according to an Observer survey of 32 agencies. Only the United Ways in New York, Detroit and Miami pay more."

Kudos to you personally though. I admire your desire to give back.
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Great idea, but the United Way as choice of a "good" charity?!?! I am sure Ms. King appreciates your contribution to her retirement instead of wasting it on those pesky "needy people". Sorry, but I hate the United Way...
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"United Way President and CEO Gloria Pace King has hired prominent Charlotte lawyer Bill Diehl to represent her in negotiations with her board of directors stemming from the growing controversy over her pay and benefits.
The board added $822,000 to King's retirement benefits last year, a six-fold increase over the $108,000 paid in 2006. It plans to pay between $450,000 and $500,000 into her retirement account each year for the next three years.
King's salary and bonus make her the fourth-highest-paid United Way executive, according to an Observer survey of 32 agencies. Only the United Ways in New York, Detroit and Miami pay more."

Kudos to you personally though. I admire your desire to give back.
I'm torn on this issue myself. On the one hand, it seems that this is a lot of money for a non-profit to be paying their executive staff. On the other hand, given the size of the organization, they have to offer competitive salaries and benefits to attract the "right" executive talent, so to some degree they have to pay the going rate.

It would be extremely hard for them to attract and keep good talent if they were paying pennies on the dollar compared with other companies.

 
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