W4AN Memorial Trust Fund to Benefit Bill's children, Graeme & Erik Fisher
DAYTON RAFFLE RESULTS ANNOUNCED -- $20,000 RAISED
As you may know, a trust fund for the two young children of Bill Fisher
W4AN (SK) -- top contester and founder of contesting.com and
eHam.net -- was set up shortly after his passing. To help add more funds
to the trust, a raffle was organized to coincide with the Dayton
Hamvention. Tickets were sold on-line, as well as during the Contester
Hospitality Suites in Dayton, with all the proceeds going to the Trust Fund.
We are extremely grateful to the many businesses who donated prizes that,
when combined, totalled over $7,500 -- including a new ICOM 756PRO-II
donated by ICOM America.
The drawing was held around 05:00z Sunday May 16th in the SMC Hospitality
Suite at the Dayton Crowne Plaza hotel. We are pleased to announce that
the ICOM 756PRO-II was won by John WA2GO. John sent us a very nice e-mail
after learning he won the radio. Here is an excerpt:
"WOW - this is completely unbelievable! I had no intention nor
expectation of winning this raffle, I really just wanted to help out
the kids. ...I used an IC-756PROII at W2XL last fall for Sweepstakes
Phone and totally fell in love with it. I have wanted one ever since;
but until now, getting one was totally out of reach for me. ...I am
honored and thrilled to be entrusted with the 'W4AN Memorial Radio'
and will endeavor to make sure it lives up to its namesake and
heritage, to the best of my abilities."
The complete e-mail from John is posted near the top of the raffle page at
And we are happy to report that $20,000 was raised for the Trust Fund !!!!
Yes, exactly $20,000! Well, there's a little story there.... there was
over $18,500 in raffle ticket sales... and another $1000 generated from
fundraising at the Dayton Contest Forum and Contest Dinner. All totalled,
we were $386 short of reaching the $20,000 mark. When we e-mailed John
WA2GO to tell him of his win, he asked us how much we had raised. When we
told him it was about $19,600, he e-mailed back that he would be willing to
make an additional donation to get the total up to $20,000. And his $386
donation was promptly received. Way to go, John !!!
We'd also like to share with you the very nice e-mail we received from
W4AN's mother, Linda, after she heard about the results from the
raffle. She wrote:
"WOW!! How wonderful!! I don't know what to say!!
Bill would be very pleased... What a neat community
and great bunch of guys you hams are. I cannot tell
you how much all the hams have helped me get thru
this awful loss!! Please pass my thanks along to all
for worked so hard on this and made it such a
success. LOVE YOU ALL!!
Some have asked how the Trust Fund will be administered and how the kids
will be able to draw funds. All of that is still being worked out, per Tom
W8JI. "The basic plan is that Graeme and Erik [Bill's two children] will
be able to draw from this fund for worthwhile activities like school, a
first home, or some valid emergency.... The fund is being administered by
several well-known members of the amateur community." Further details, as
well as all the information on how you can make a direct donation to the
Trust Fund, can be found at http://www.w8ji.com/w4an.htm
Thanks to all of you that made this raffle such a success... the ham
businesses that came through with such great prizes... and all the hams
that so generously purchased tickets!!! This donation will send a strong
message to the Fisher family -- to show how much we cared and loved our
If you have any questions about the raffle or the trust fund, please send
them to firstname.lastname@example.org -- this is a distribution list that goes to the
four of us, and one of us will try our best to give you an answer.
- Chad WE9V
- Scott KA9FOX
- Paul K9PG
- Mike K9NW
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