Last week, I held an online fundraiser for the Secular Student Alliance with the grand prize being a special copy of I Sold My Soul on eBay with the signatures of several atheist leaders and celebrities within our movement.
Over the weekend, I randomly selected a winner. I emailed the person to congratulate him and let him know he had won.
He responded with this:
… I am very delighted to win, but I found Richard Wade’s comment too sensible, and would request that you put it up for direct auction with proceeds going to the SSA.
The winner also chose to remain anonymous, too. (How generous is that?! I The current high bid is $475 (TIED). (I’ll update that number as needed.) The bidding will end Sunday night!
And if you just want to give because the SSA is a great organization, that wouldn’t be such a bad thing, either 🙂
In case you need a reminder about the book…
The signers include:
- Margaret Downey (former president of Atheist Alliance International)
- Nica Lalli (author of Nothing: Something to Believe in)
- Ellen Johnson (former president of American Atheists)
- Brian Sapient (Rational Response Squad)
- Kelly O’Conner (Rational Response Squad)
- Greydon Square (atheist rapper)
- Sam Harris (author of The End of Faith)
- Richard Dawkins (author of The God Delusion)
- Daniel Dennett (author of Breaking the Spell)
- Rob Boston (Americans United for Separation of Church and State)
- Pastor Deacon Fred (head pastor at Landover Baptist Church)
- Mynga Futrell (co-founder of The Brights)
- Paul Geisert (co-founder of The Brights)
- Mike Estes (African-American freethinkers educator)
- Julia Sweeney (former Saturday Night Live actress and creator of Letting Go of God)
- Matthew Chapman (Charles Darwin’s great-great grandson and author of 40 Days and 40 Nights)
- Christopher Hitchens (author of God is Not Great)
- Eugenie Scott (executive director of the National Center for Science Education)
- Jamie Raskin (Maryland State Senator and same-sex marriage advocate)
- Ellery Schempp (activist who helped end mandatory Bible readings in public schools)
- Matthew LaClair (student activist)
- Lou Appignani (Humanist philanthropist)
- Wendy Kaminer (lawyer and writer)
- Phillip Pullman (author of His Dark Materials Trilogy)
- Simon Singh (author of Big Bang and Fermat’s Enigma)
- Paul Kurtz (founder of the Center for Inquiry)
- Phil Plait (author of Death from the Skies!)
- DJ Grothe (president of the James Randi Educational Foundation)
- Adam Savage (co-host of Mythbusters)
- Michael Shermer (founder of Skeptic magazine)
- Paul Provenza (author of ¡Satiristas!)
- James Watson (Nobel Prize winner and co-discoverer of the structure of DNA)
Good luck! And thanks to the anonymous donor for his generosity!