The 2016 Lift Campaign Total Is In!

We know we could never say it enough, but thank you. You have tattooed our hearts forever, and it’s the best damn tattoo of our lives. When we started kicking around the idea of launching an autism awareness and fundraising campaign over two years ago, somewhere in the back of our minds, we dreamt it might…maybe…one day reach the level you all pushed the LIFT Campaign to this year.

One day. Down the road.

But you have blown our minds TODAY with your willing hearts and generosity. Speaking of willing hearts, we have to give a special thanks to Erica Heath, who came on board to manage the LIFT Auction, and amazed us with her huge heart and “whatever it takes” attitude. And we can’t forget the authors and bloggers who promoted and donated, everyone who bid, and those who bought LIFT t-shirts. Because of this huge team effort, the 2016 LIFT campaign is donating $11,092.00 to Talk About Curing Autism (TACA) — specifically their scholarship program, which helps families afford the important services and therapies they need.

Let’s back up…and say that number again. $11,092.00!

The difference this campaign will make is the kind that’s felt deeply. It will touch families, offer comfort, and put some good in a world that desperately needs a little sunshine. Beyond the money raised, you fostered dialogue about autism, and hopefully, understanding and acceptance for those who live with it every single day.

We believe the romance writing, reading and blogging community is the best in the world. You’ve proven that. We’re already looking forward to raising the bar next year. Seeing these results in our FIRST year hosting the auction, we can only imagine what’s ahead.

We thank you.
We MORE than thank you.
We love you.

From our hearts,
Ginger, Kennedy and Erica

BIDDING IS CLOSED!!!!

Winning bidders, an email will be forthcoming confirming details and making payment arrangements for your items. We’ll announce the campaign total once everything has been finalized! You guys were amazing! We are so incredibly grateful! Thank you for LIFT-ing!!! You’ve made such a difference, and we can’t thank you enough!

The Auction Is Open!

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It’s time!

We’ve all been holding our breath, counting down to the big day, and it’s finally here! The 2016 LIFT4Autism auction, raising funds for autism families struggling to pay medical and therapy costs, is LIVE!!! The prizes are AMAZING!!! You’ll see when you start looking through the list, but just to tempt you: Kristen Ashley, J. Daniels, Sylvain Reynard, S.C. Stephens, K. Bromberg, Kim Holden, Jay Crownover, Penelope Ward, Vi Kreeland, J. Redmerski, Colleen Hoover – and so many more! Plus: Amazon Echo, Kindle Fires, Kindle Paperwhite, book-themed goodies! Amazing authors and prizes. All for families on the spectrum in need! Let the bidding begin!

Enter the auction here!

Lift 2016 Kicks Off!

April is Autism Awareness month, shining a global light on the condition an estimated 3 million people in the United States and 70 million people in the world live with every day. 1 in every 68 American children. 1 in every 42 boys. Though Autism is the fastest growing developmental disability, affecting this many, for those outside looking in, it often remains a mystery. This month we hope to shine light and spread compassion for families living with Autism.

In addition to raising awareness, we also want to take action. This is the second LIFT 4 Autism campaign, rallying the romance reading community around this cause. More than 200 authors and bloggers are partnering with this effort, many donating books and other items to an auction the last week of April. Proceeds from this auction will go directly to our charitable partner, Talk About Curing Autism (TACA), a national non-profit organization dedicated to educating, empowering and supporting families affected by autism. Specifically, our efforts will benefit families served through TACA’s scholarship program to offset medical and therapy costs.

To stay abreast of LIFT news and developments this month, join our Facebook Group.

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How can you be involved?

1. Authors – Donate books or other items for auction
2. Bid in the auction, and your money goes straight to TACA’s scholarship fund. (You’ll be asked to register before the auction date to bid.)
3. Purchase a LIFT 2016 t-shirt
4. Make a tax-deductible donation to TACA

 

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Official 2016 Lift Campaign Shirts!

The shirts are here! The shirts are here!

Did you miss out on last year’s Lift Campaign T-shirt? Don’t worry – we’re back…and even better! This year’s shirt features a dual logo–2016 in the front and a salute to authors, bloggers and readers working together on the back! Six styles with prices ranging from $20 to $30. All proceeds benefit Talk About Curing Autism. The ordering time begins now, and orders must be placed by April 7th for shipping!

Check out the styles HERE and order directly from TeeSpring – our T-shirt partner!

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LiftSquareLargeWelcome to the 2016 Lift campaign. We will be posting more information very soon, but are grateful that you found us! Lift is a collective effort in the romance author/blogger community to raise awareness and funds that support families in need of autism resources and therapies on their journey. We are proud to partner with Talk About Curing Autism (TACA), a national non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to educating, empowering and supporting families affected by autism.

This year we will be hosting an online auction featuring dozens of signed books from bestselling authors participating in the 2016 campaign as well as several other donated items. Be sure to check back often as we gear up in honor of Autism Awareness Month in April. In the meantime, thank you for LIFTing with us – together we can move mountains!

XO

Kennedy Ryan and Ginger Scott

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