SIPS & SONGS – GREAT MUSIC FOR A GREAT CAUSE
On Saturday, June 8, 2013, twelve of southeast Michigan’s leading singer/songwriters will gather on one stage to benefit the Book Industry Charitable (Binc) Foundation. This amazing group of musicians is scheduled to include:
The concert will be held at Woodruff’s in Ypsilanti’s historic Depot Town. Tickets for the event are $40 per person ($30 is tax deductible) and include a drink ticket, snacks, and a silent auction. The event will be MC’d by Ann Arbor’s own Matt Altruda, local radio host of Tree Town Sound on 107.1.
As an added bonus, there are a limited number of $100 VIP tickets available. The VIP tickets include a pre-concert dinner at Frenchie’s, with local Ann Arbor author Steve Amick as the featured speaker. After dinner the VIP guests will be treated to preferred seating at the concert to continue their enjoyment of the evening.
Tickets can be purchased online from the Binc Foundation or in-person at Literati Bookstore or Nicola’s Books in Ann Arbor.
The American Booksellers Association is a lead sponsor for the event, and all proceeds will benefit the programs of the Book Industry Charitable Foundation. The Foundation has been assisting bookstore employees in times of personal financial crisis since 1996.
More details to come. Please check back for updates!
VOLUNTEER THANK YOU PARTY
Thanks to everyone who attended the Binc volunteer party at the Binc offices. We had fun catching up with old friends and getting to know new friends!
The return of the Mini-Mart was a big success! And, don’t forget to check out our On-line Mini-Mart for more goodies.
Thanks to our Volunteers! We couldn’t do what we do without you.
ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE! A BEER TASTING SUCCESS
The Binc Foundation’s first big fundraising event was a huge success by any measure. More than 100 supporters gathered in downtown Ann Arbor to enjoy an afternoon of beer tasting which resulted in more than $10,000 being raised to benefit programs supporting booksellers across the country. Arbor Brewing Company’s award winning beers were complemented by a lively dart tournament, a silent auction and even a Zombie themed “flash mob” by the Dance Arts of Chelsea/ Youth Dance Theater!
The Foundation would like to give special thanks to the American Booksellers Association, our primary event sponsor, whose participation was instrumental in making this event a success. Additional sponsorship from Ingram Content Group, Susan Franke, Financial Advisor with Raymond James, Michigan Commerce Bank and Workman Publishing helped the Foundation surpass its fundraising goal. Thanks to our book industry partners, each attendee was offered a book of their choice, generously donated by Chronicle Books.
The silent auction featured a wide variety of items donated by individuals and companies from near and far. Thank you’s go out to: the Arbor Brewing Company, Barbara Kinzer, Mark Brown, Nicola’s Books, the Detroit Tigers, the Detroit Pistons, Sava, Mainstreet Ventures, the Michigan Theater, Gladwin Center, Spiral Chi Center, Oasis Hot Tubs, Anne Kubek, Trader Joe’s, Morgan & York, Motawi Tile, September Wynne, Café Ollie/MI General Store, Publishers Services, Inc., Joanna Cline, Fathead, and Everyday Wines.
Jen Hawkins and her event committee did a fabulous job of planning the afternoon and keeping things running smoothly. Mark Brown, Jeff Steinhauer, September Wynne, Lori Tucker-Sullivan and Gina Nowak rounded out the fierce planning committee. Thanks to all the volunteers – Jenny Weed, Pam McBride, John Hawkins, Greer Thibodeau, Penny Johnson, Jeanne Joesten, Mike Shubel, LeAnn Hartka, Jodi Jackson, Beth Peery and Mary Fitzgerald – who kept the beer flowing and the auction bidding lively. Donna Shubel put her photographic talent to great use and you can view her pictures here.
You can view a video of the Zombie Flash Mob here. Click on the small orange text in the link to start loading the video.
Thank you to everyone who visited our table at the Kerrytown BookFest. It was wonderful to share our message with so many book lovers. We are looking forward to making the BookFest an annual event!
Fore more information on Kerrytown BookFest visit: kerrytownbookfest.org
CHARITY YARD SALE
The most memorable moment from our Yard Sale on August 27th came when an unsuspecting customer was perusing the many boxes filled with books for sale and innocently asked “Can anyone here recommend a good book?” The poor woman never had a chance as six Borders Alums went into action!
The first-ever Binc Yard Sale raised over $1200 to support the programs of the Foundation. Donors loved being able to clean out their unused items and have them go to a good cause, volunteers were having fun “selling” again, and customers were enjoying the wonderful selection of items on sale. Before the day was finished there was talk of the “next” Binc Charity Yard Sale.
A huge “thank you” goes out to Jeanne Joesten, who came up with the idea, volunteered her yard for the sale and put in more hours than she will admit to marking, merchandising and selling all the goodies. Helping Jeanne before, during and after the sale were: Carla Bayha, Lisa Brown, Judey Kalchik, Jaye Kerr, Jane Regenstreif, Amy Sample, Jenny Weed, Pam French and Kit Steinaway.
None of this would have been possible without the donations of great merchandise from family and friends. For cleaning out their basements, attics and garages, we thank: Robin & Jamie Agnew (Aunt Agatha’s Book Store), Merrie Atlas, Jane Baker, Peyton Bland, Lisa Brown, Laurie Colatruglio, Alison Foreman, Pam French, Sally Hoyle, Darrell Jacob, Jeanne Joesten, Kay Kohler, Julie Lawler-Hoyle, Mary Matthews, Melanie Rhodes, Amy Sample, Jane Severson, Becki Spangler, Kit Steinaway, Jenny Weed and September Wynne.
Another Yard Sale laugh came when an “early-bird” shopper was put to work by one of our volunteers and was well into arranging merchandise before she found out he was there to shop and not to help out! To his credit, he took direction very well.
SHOPPING FOR A CAUSE
Thank you to everyone who purchased Macy’s “Shopping for a Cause” discount coupons. This was our first year participating in this annual event and we got plenty of good marketing ideas from our supporters to use next time around.
THE BIG HOUSE BIG HEART RUN
One of our biggest fundraisers of the year is the Big House Big Heart Run. Each year when spring comes around we unpack our running shoes and gather with friends and family to run, walk or stroll through the University of Michigan’s beautiful campus in Ann Arbor, MI, finishing on the 50-yard line in the famous football stadium–the Big House. This year’s event was held on April 15, 2012 and we successfully raised over $4600 to support the programs of the Foundation. We are already planning how to make the 2013 Big House Big Heart Run even more successful!