I have a blogging friend in Orlando, FL. Simon Conway. If you are in need of a Realtor please check him out. Simon writes some great posts and this is one of those I wanted to pass along!!
I promise this will not be all that political - but I just LOVE the REAL America. The one that sets us apart from everyone else. What I'm about to tell you is a story of incredible entrepreneurship which was followed by an incredible find which in turn was followed by a challenge to kids and then the first of many acts of generosity. This story will end up with you doing the right thing to help provide college scholarships.
This is America. The one I love. The one that doesn't require Government to tell us what to do; to hold our hand; to get in our way; to provide hand outs and to nanny us. This is the REAL America. I am going to give you the opportunity in a moment to grab yourself a piece of REAL American history, but first I have to start at the beginning (always a good place I feel).
There is this wonderful local company called College Hunks Hauling Junk. Some of you who may be local will perhaps have heard of them and even know the next part of this story. The company was hired to clear out an abandoned storage unit. While doing their job they found a genuine treasure trove of American history in the form of sports memorabilia. The list of items includes autographed basketballs, hockey sticks and baseballs, including ones from Hall of Famers Hank Aaron, Willie Mays and Mike Schmidt (all authenticated).
Now of course the company could have kept all the goodies for themselves and sold them for lots of money. But as I said at the beginning - this is a story of the REAL America. The one where we help our fellow citizens.
Now all these items have been donated to Dr Phillips High School right here in Orlando - the High School where for the fifth year, I am coaching mens' and womens' tennis (so I am totally biased here!) and DP will be holding a silent auction for the items in a project called "Play it Forward".
Let me give a few words to DP's remarkable Athletics Director, John Magrino: "With the extraordinary help of Lockheed Martin’s Jimmy Stewart, Dr. Phillips High School is auctioning off the items online to fund, hopefully, multiple scholarships for deserving student-athletes of the class of 2010…hence the name, “Play it Forward.” The auction itself will run for two weeks beginning Friday February 12th at 5:00 PM. All items are available for preview right now by going to the auction site at http://silentauction.verticalaps.com/index.asp?auction=9 .
"None of this would be possible without the generosity of DP graduate Bradford MacGregor of College Hunks Hauling Junk, and our own Deb Wasylik, who submitted the required essay to the company when it was searching to donate the items for a worthy cause. We believe this is a most remarkable story and, with your support, we can assist several of our kids that truly need it."
So there you have it. Your chance to own genuine American history AND help some deserving kids get to college in these troubled times. It doesn't get any better than that. Of course, you should also check out College Hunks Hauling Junk. I thank you, in advance, for validating their generosity and helping some remarkable student-athletes attend college. Bid high and bid often my friends!
Picture of Willy Mays is a link from TsnToday.com
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Simon Conway is the two-time winner of the FIVE STAR Best in Client Satisfaction for Real Estate Agents in the Orlando area.