the fundraising auction 2008

Why An Auction?

This year's Fundraising Auction started on November 1st 2008, and was originally due to run through November 14th. We got some extra donations of items, so we're launching a third stage of the auction on Thursday, November 20th. The first two stages were a resounding success! Check back here for more details.

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Why An Auction? is entirely volunteer run. With the exception of the unwavering support of the Frenz of The Enz fanclub, who have donated many of the items for this year's item, we are not funded or supported in any way by record companies or management. We occasionally get some moral support from the musicians themselves, but for the most part it is a labour of love from fans to the fans.

While the main site itself has been static for some time (but not for long), even though all the work is done for free by fans, the site still incurs fixed running and hosting costs every month. These costs are kindly and happily covered out of pocket by the site's founder, Debbie. We held a very successful auction in 2006, the proceeds of which we put to work. These covered the following:

  • The initial costs to the development team of building the Crowded House site
  • Hiring a programmer to rescue the old discography database and bring it back to basic working order
  • About one month of hosting :)
This time we're aiming higher. The proceeds of this year's auction will be spent on the following:
  • Completely overhauling the entire site. Tearing down the old, and building the new. It's old and patchwork, and needs more than a lick of paint.
  • Largely expanding the scope of the discography, and improving on the existing structure.
  • Implementing as many of the ideas mentioned on the Frenzforum over the last year that we have time and budget for.
As always, a lot of the work will happily be done bye the team for free. We do however have to hire a little outside help, and cover some costs to take the site where you deserve it to be.

The new site launches on February 1st 2009!

We are accepting ideas and input from fans as to what you guys want to see on the site. We're also still looking for PHP programmers to help out too! Email Iarla.

A big thank you as always to Peter Green for the support, and also the following fans who have already donated items to this year's auction.
  • Perri Campbell
  • Jennifer Granozio
  • Marie Lombardi

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