Return of the Corgi Cup!

Hey Philly enthusiasts! We’re less than 3 weeks away from the final big RT community gathering of the season. Hope you all are as pumped to see everyone as we are!

I wanted to quickly talk a little about something we’re very happy to bring back to RT Philly this year: The Corgi Cup! We began it in honor of friend of the community/event Jamie Dillion, who many of you likely know as the project manager of Child’s Play (and if you know her, you also know about her passion for all things Corgi-related). Child’s Play is a wonderful charity, and we would be remiss if we didn’t celebrate the fantastic work of one of our own and help contribute to it. Thus the Corgi Cup was born. We launched it at last year’s event as a live auction filled to the brim with wonderful items graciously donated by our guests and vendors both present and past. All in all, thanks to the continuously amazing generosity of the RT community, we managed to raise over $500 for Child’s Play, and the first annual Corgi Cup was awarded to Kathleen Zuelch, who brought in the most money individually with her items.

Check out our video from last year’s event to see how it went down.

So here’s what you need to know about this year’s Corgi Cup. The rules haven’t changed much from last year. We will have items up for silent auction displayed throughout the day, and attendees will be able to place competing bids through the entire event. Anybody can donate an item to be bid upon, and the individual who brings in the most money from all of their items combined will be awarded the Corgi Cup. Every cent of what is donated during the event goes directly to Child’s Play and making a difference in the lives of kids in need.

An auction is only as good as the items that are being auctioned off and the people who place bids on them though, so we’re asking all of our guests, vendors, and attendees of this year’s event and past events to participate and either donate auction items or consider placing a bid on at least one item. [b]You do not need to be at RT Philly this year to donate an item.[/b] Kathleen could not attend last year and ended up winning the whole thing. Any item (within reason) is okay to donate.

If you have any questions regarding the Corgi Cup or are interested in donating an item, e-mail me at nick@rtphilly.com, and I will gladly answer them. If you need to mail an item because you will not be attending the event, we can compensate shipping costs.

Thanks, and I’ll be seeing a bunch of you very soon!

THE FINAL COUNTDOWN

Gonna try and keep this as brief as I can because I’m currently slaving over a hot CPU whipping together some VERY IMPORTANT AND RELEVANT videos for you all.

Starting tomorrow at 8pm EST, RT Philly will be holding it’s final fundraising event of the year before the main event in a little over 2 weeks. Over and over we have been overwhelmed by the generosity that the community’s shown in supporting RT events and members in need, and the community has already done so much to support us and this event.

We are currently in need. We’ve gone to great lengths to secure venues and bring in people that will all-but guarantee that our attendees will have a blast. We still have not been able to meet the goal set out by us to cover this year’s budget though, and thus, we must ask one more time for you fabulous people to help us out. Between tomorrow night and Sunday we would like to raise $500. If any of you haven’t actually gotten around to purchasing your event tickets yet, now would be a pretty fantastic time to do so. If you’ve given to us already and are unable to give more, you can help us tremendously by spreading the word to your friends by either linking them to here, which will be updated throughout the weekend.

This will not all be for nothing though. Two things will happen this weekend if people donate. First, I will be releasing videos from our fantastic performance featurette Martha Marin: Rock Patch. At 8pm tomorrow evening, the intro will be made available to the public. From then on this is how the release schedule will fall:

Part 1: $50 donated, or 2 hours after start of event (10pm EST)
Part 2: $125 donated, or ~24 hours after previous video released
Part 3: $200 donated, or ~24 hours after previous video released
Part 4: $300 donated
Part 5: $400 donated
Part 6: $500 donated

At the very least half of the whole thing will be released this weekend. If you guys manage to meet the other benchmarks though at any time of the weekend, more shall be released.

And that’s not all! If we meet our goal this weekend, the person who puts us over the top past $500 will be awarded the RT Philly Savior Package, which will include an awesome package of goodies directly from the staff and some of our vendors. If any of you were part of the group last year you’ll remember we did something similar, which turned into a great success.

If you would like to donate any money to RT Philly please go to our tickets page and select one of the drop-down menus for tickets and shirts or scroll to the bottom for a general donation option. We also still have the Master Wizard package still available, which will include, among other things, commemorative Jenga blocks from this year’s Jenga Q&A game signed by the staff, guests, and vendors.

Once again, we thank each and every one of you for your moral and/or financial support of this event. We’re doing this all for you guys, and I hope we succeed in putting together an amazing weekend for all of you.

LET’S MAKE SOME MAGIC HAPPEN