The weekend of the 25th through 27th September marked the 2015 MadPea Charity Auction to help further the work of Live and Learn Kenya (LLK) in building a school in Nakuru, Kenya, where young children will be able to receive an education (you can read my background article on the event here).
The weekend featured live entertainment throughout, provided by 22 entertainers and live performers, at a specially constructed stage and location over Stargazer Bay, and gave people the opportunity to bid to spend time with a host of well-known Second Life residents and Linden Lab staff, and to gain special goodies in the process.
Over 60 people had signed-up to participate in the auction, with boards placed around the stage area, which included a beautifully crafted model of the school in Nakuru, Kenya, which has been under construction since 2014, with the first phase having opened in January 2015.
Some amazing opportunities were on offer to winning bids – shopping and spending time with Xiola Linden, gong to an event with Simon or Rider Linden or getting one-to-one LSL tutoring from them; time with some of SL’s top creators and special gifts from them, and more.
In all, the event raised a stunning L$1,667,762 (approx. US $6671) through bids and donations by the time the final hammer fell.
The highlight of the weekend was the live auction, where many of those offering their services / time / selves were up on the stage and able to talk about what they’ve been offering, help encourage the bidding and even adding to their lot.
Kess Crystal was kind enough to pass me details of the bid amounts, which were topped-out by an incredible L$150,000 offered for 2 hours with Queen Pea Kiana Writer and input on a MadPea upcoming game!
|Kiana Writer||150,000||Callie Cline||87,000|
|Alexa Linden||50,001||Bryn Oh||45,000|
|Kess Crystal||41,000||Xiola Linden||41,000|
|Arduenn Swartzmann||40,3000||Isla Gealach||35,000|
|Draxtor Despres||31,500||Tab Tatham & EvanKeel Resident||30,000|
|Jessica Lyon||30,000||The Arcade Team||30,000|
|Inara Pey||30,000||Simon Linden||28,000|
|Levio Serenity||27,000||Saffia Widdershins||26,666|
|MadPea Resident||26,000||Ren Enberg & Quai Franklin||25,000|
|Roman Goode||19,000||Jo Yardley||18,000|
|Kush Zepp||16,000||Bcreative Wilde||15,000|
|Chloe Seljan||15,000||Eku Zong||15,000|
|Sina Souza||15,000||Canary Beck||15,000|
|Aeonix Aeon||14,000||Josie Anderton||14,000|
|Dusty Wasp||13,500||Brique Topaz||12,000|
|Sabbian Paine||11,000||Poulet Koenkamp||11,000|
|Cacilia McMasters & Ava Jhamin||11,000||Mericat Ireland||10,700|
|Johannes1977 Resident||10,000||Kara Trapdoor||10,000|
|Lisa Brune||10,000||Rider Linden||10,000|
|Dita Lamour||9,000||Harpet Beresford||9,000|
|Caitlin Tobias||8,000||Tracy Redangel||7,750|
|Sufferingfrom Lockjaw||7,000||Toxic Darkmatter||7,000|
|Imre Bellic||5150||Anderian Sugarplum||5,000|
|Angela McKeenan||5,000||Ayla Barzane||5,000|
|Esme Capelo||5,000||Gabrielle Riel||5,000|
|Yelena Istmal||5,000||Jake Vordun||4,050|
|Jenica Penucca||4,000||TerryLynn Melody||4,000|
|Seductive Dreamscape||4,000||Irrie Ember||3,000|
|Trinity Yazimoto||3,000||Twostep Spiritweaver||3,000|
|Leetx Resident||2,000||Winteru Resident||2,000|
|Synitry Resident||1,500||Maggie Mae Bhaktiguru||1,369|
In addition, there were some lots of goodies, which collectively raised L$25,400, with donation boards also available throughout the weekend.
Commenting on the event, Kess Crystal from the MadPea team said, ” I cannot help but feel immense happiness and pride at this outcome. I’m so proud of everyone was has been involved, and in the Second Life community, all of whom have proved yet again that when we come together with a common goal, we can achieve such great things.
“When I actually sit back and let it sink in that generations of children will have an education because of what we achieved at the weekend, I am humbled beyond words.”
I was only able to spend brief periods at the event on Saturday and Sunday, but the atmosphere while there was tremendous, and it was great making new friends (/me waves to Levio 🙂 ). Special thanks to everyone who took part as auction lots or bidders, etc. Very special thanks to Jo Yardley for her incredibly generous bid for my time – I’m looking forward to the film project!
Most of all: congratulations to the MadPea team, to Brique, LLK and the children of Nakuru school – current and future!