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Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Goose Goes to Formal Charity Ball

The Flightless Goose has been known to play ball, but on Thursday, November 19, he will sport a black tie and attend his first formal ball. That’s because Flightless Goose is one of the features of the Buddy Project’s Charity Ball: Underwater Fantasea.

The black tie event will be held at Ceresville Mansion in Frederick, Maryland, from 6:30 to 11:00 p.m. on November 19. The ball includes a cocktail hour, gourmet dinner, and live music by 23 Days Rewind — a band that plays a blend of 80’s and 90’s alternative and today’s electronica. The band has opened for Modern English, Violent Femmes, and members of Fuel.

The night’s agenda features an auction of collectables such as autographed jerseys, helmets, posters and footballs that boast the signatures of Baltimore Ravens and Washington Redskins football players like Chris Cooley, Clinton Portis, Joe Flacco, Santana Moss and others, as well as an autographed copy of Flightless Goose, a full-color, the hardcover story book for children.

In addition to the copy donated for the auction, Nataliya (the illustrator) and I will be selling and signing copies of Flightless Goose at the ball from 6 to 8 p.m. and proceeds from the sales will benefit the Buddy Project.

The Buddy Project is a 501(c)3 that provides refurbished computers to help close the digital divide for people with disabilities.

Eric Zimmerman established The Buddy Project in October of 2007, soliciting used computers from colleges, universities, and high schools. To date he has put 125 refurbished computers in to service, and this year will expand to offer computer training with the help of grant funding from the Ausherman Family Foundation.

Flightless Goose is the perfect book to partner with The Buddy Project because it teaches important lessons about dealing with disability, focusing on positive strengths, and treating others with respect and dignity. The book is fun for children and it educates as it entertains.

Flightless Goose is available in book stores, at http://www.amazon.com/, and at http://www.rungoose.com/, where you can see some of the illustrations and read more about the exciting new book destined to become a classic.

But why not meet the author and artist in person and get your autographed copy inscribed to the children on your holiday gift list — and help The Buddy Project in their mission to make a difference at the same time.

The formal ball takes place on November 19 from 6:30 to 11 p.m. at the Ceresville Mansion in Frederick, Maryland. Individual tickets are $50 and full tables are $400. The Buddy Project’s goal is to raise $5,000 and to distribute 150 computers. Tickets can be purchased at: www.thebuddyproject.net/ball.

Visit the Ceresville Mansion online at http://www.ceresville.com/.

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