The Robert Jordan estate, Brandon Sanderson, and JordanCon, Inc. are pleased to announce a joint effort to raise money for two incredible not-for-profit organizations and offer fans the chance to become a named character in the final installment of A Memory of Light. Fans will have two opportunities to participate in this fundraising effort.
The first option will be a highest-bidder auction through eBay. The highest bidder in this auction will be memorialized as a character (physical description, name within guidelines) in the final installment of The Wheel of Time. This auction will run from November 1 to November 10.
The second option is through a drawing. Fans who donate $10 will have their names entered into a drawing to be included in the final installment of A Memory of Light. The final number of names drawn is determined by Brandon Sanderson as dictated by the needs of the story. Donating is not a guarantee that you will be included.
The Mayo Clinic, a non-profit organization and premier medical research center; as well as JordanCon, a literary convention and non-profit organization based in Atlanta, Georgia, are both set to benefit from this fundraiser.
WHAT IS JORDANCON?
JordanCon is a fantasy literature convention founded in honor of the late author, Robert Jordan. Jordan was the author of the bestselling The Wheel of Time series. JordanCon features four tracks of simultaneous programming, a Dealers Hall, and charity events benefiting the Mayo Clinic. Past guests have included Harriet McDougal, Brandon Sanderson, David Wong, Jana G. Oliver, David B. Coe, and Eugie Foster.
New to JordanCon this year will be the Art Show featuring art from a variety of fantasy and sci fi artists. Guests this year will include author Mary Robinette Kowal, artist Sam Weber, and Toastmaster Melissa Craib Dombrowski.
Please note that JordanCon, Inc. has applied for tax-exempt status as a 501©3 corporation. While they are awaiting the final verdict from the IRS, they are allowed to begin soliciting donations. Their tax-exempt status will be retroactively applied to the day of the filing.
WHAT IS THE MAYO CLINIC?
For more than 100 years, Mayo Clinic has inspired hope and contributed to health and well-being by providing the best care to every patient through integrated clinical practice, education, and research. Today, your generosity is at the heart of sustaining Mayo’s mission.
As a not-for-profit organization, Mayo Clinic reinvests all earnings into improving patient care. Yet philanthropy provides essential support as we develop better methods to understand, predict, prevent, diagnose, and treat disease, and train the next generation of physicians and scientists. Mayo Clinic has more than 3,300 physicians, scientists, and researchers from every medical specialty. They work together with 46,000 allied health employees to care for more than half a million patients each year, from every U.S. state and many countries.
In 2006, Robert Jordan was diagnosed with cardiac amyloidosis, which is a rare blood disease where abnormal proteins form in the bone marrow and become deposited in the patient’s heart. During his illness, Robert Jordan received treatment at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota and encouraged his fans to donate in support of the clinic. JordanCon is proud to continue to honor that request each year through various charitable fundraisers at the convention.
Q & A
If I donate, what happens to the money?
All funds received will go directly to JordanCon with 10% of the proceeds going to the Mayo Clinic.
May I participate in both?
Yes, you may participate in both the General Auction and the Drawing. Please note you cannot win more than one character named for you.
Please follow these instructions! In the notes section, include your full name and email address.
What are the rules for naming characters?
You may use your name or an appropriate name of your choice, but the author reserves the right to approve it or change it to fit the type of character created. A physical description of yourself may be used.
How long is the Fundraiser and when will winners be announced?
The drawing will run from October 1 to December 1, 2011, and winners will be announced at www.jordancon.org. The auction will begin on November 1 and end on November 10. We will announce the winner of the auction and the first name drawn by Brandon Sanderson. All future names drawn will be announced via Brandon’s website.
Can I be entered multiple times in the General Drawing by giving several donations?
Yes! For every $10 you donate, you name will be entered into the drawing. If you donate $100, your name will be entered 10 times. However, your name can only appear once in the story.
I am trying to donate to the General Auction or enter the Drawing, but have difficulties. Who do I contact?
You must contact eBay for issues regarding payments. They are our vendor handling all the transactions. If you are having an issue with the drawing, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
May I pay by check or cash?
At this time we are only able to accept credit card, debit, or PayPal as methods of donation.
Who is eligible to win?
All fans are eligible to win with the exception of members of JordanCon, Incorporated’s board of directors and their immediate families.
I have questions about my privacy.
All donors give consent to have their names published publicly. This is done to ensure fairness and so you may see that your name did go through before we randomly draw the winners for the Drawing. All winners, including the General Auction winner, further agree to allow us to use their names to announce them as the donors selected to be used in A Memory of Light, including use of their names in any publicity associated with The Wheel of Time in this regard.
Private information such as contact emails and phone numbers will be given to Brandon Sanderson in case he chooses to use additional names at a later time. All other copies will be destroyed.
What if I have more questions?
Please send them to email@example.com with a subject heading indicating your question.