I was contacted by a fellow author about donating signed paperbacks for an auction to benefit a family in need following their tragic loss. Below is their story and the information regarding a benefit auction in their honor:
On the night of February 10th, Matthew Corn left his house for a short motorcycle ride. That was the last time his wife and three children saw him alive. On the morning of February 11th, Matt’s body was found a quarter mile from home by friends of the family. That day knocked the breath out of the community, broke the hearts of his friends, and wounded the souls of his family.
Matt was not just a name to me; he was my husbands close friend, my friend. My husband is the god father to Matt’s daughter—who is only one years old. Matt has played with my daughter, chased her around my living room, and admired her toys with her. I knew him as someone that would drop everything to help someone and a father that would do anything for his family. That dark Monday, the sky poured water over the grieving family, as if to weep along with them. It was such a painful, shocking thing to happen, and for most it seemed utterly unbelievable.
As I watched the family try to digest this horrible reality, I was struck by the need to do something, anything to help. The road ahead of them is going to be difficult and I wanted to help smooth it out. After talking with some of my friends, the idea of raising money was brought up. But how? After brainstorming, we decided to do an auction of signed books. That’s where you come in.
The website, www.forthecornfamily.us has been set up in their honor. Here we will have ‘lots’ of books for readers to bid on. I’ve been overwhelmed by the generosity and willingness to help among the author and blogger community. Over thirty authors have donated books and/or audio books for the auction. Many of these authors are household names; authors that are New York Times and USA Today Bestsellers. It is our hope that we will be able to raise money for this family for the difficult times ahead.
The auction for the Corn Family will begin on February 22nd and will end on March 15th at Midnight. The website should be complete and ready for people to look over by Thursday morning. The highest bidder will win and have a set number of days to send the money, before we move on to the next bidder.
There will be a donate button linked with Paypal for those people that want to donate but aren’t interested in bidding.
Here is a list of participating authors:
New York Times and USA Today Best-Selling Author