Back in the winter, I had to chance to participate in a couple of great fundraising auctions that were organized and led by Mallory Knox. What started out as a quick way to raise funds for the people in crisis in Attawapiskat turned into an extraordinary online community. Not only did the auction raise a few thousand dollars, it raised awareness, brought complete strangers together from all over Canada, the US and overseas (some of whom are still "friends") and helped showcase some really incredible talent that we likely would not have seen otherwise.
The first auction was such a resounding success that another auction was set up in early 2012 to raise funds for the Lakota Pine Ridge Children's Enrichment Project, chosen by member vote. The second auction was also a great success thanks to all the participants, but mostly thanks to Knox's incredible coordinating abilities and strength of character. Check out the great write up for the "Art Knows No Boundaries Auction" on the Lakota Kids blog. It just goes to show the power of community, even if that community spans across the normal physical boundaries found on maps.