Please Support A Great Cause! Plus Poker!!! Plus NPR Celebs! PLUS NUDITY! (No nudity)
This is from the acclaimed writer/NPR favorite Sarah Vowell, who enlisted me to enter a poker tournament for charity. What she failed to tell me is that I am responsible for raising money. Then she sent out the following email, which I am reprinting without her permission, to let everybody know in no uncertain terms that her failure to tell me about the money-raising part is her fault, not mine:
Remember that 826 poker fundraiser this weekend you're sorry you said yes to? Did we ever mention that one fundraising element is that one's friends and neighbors go online to donate money to you as players (which we then keep)?
If you would like to just forward your loved ones the following link, they can click on "support a player" and donate that way: http://www.826nyc.org/poker/
If you don't feel like asking people you know for money would you let me? I have no shame. Just paste the missive below into an email or in some electronic thingamajigs (sans my email address, please).
Right now, each of you has the hundred bucks 826 will slip you to play with and another hundred I just donated to each of your accounts. You are being out-earned by a grandmother and some Motorhead fans.
Dear friends of Michael Ian Black, David Cross and Ira Glass:
Sarah Vowell of 826NYC here. The aforementioned gentlemen will be participating in a poker tournament this Sunday to benefit the writing programs at 826NYC in Brooklyn. (To learn more about our programs: www.826nyc.org.) I know what you're thinking: What can I do to help? You can go to the link below and donate to your player of choice that's what! The more money each player raises, the more he has to bet with. Is there anything nicer than helping a friend win? Yep--helping New York City public school students with their homework. These donations are tax deductible. To contribute, go to http://www.826nyc.org/poker/ and click on "support a player." Thanks.
Please don't let me get beaten by David Cross or Ira Glass. Both of them are already so much better at what they do than me that it would be great to hand them their asses in the arena of poker charity fund-raising. Plus the organization we're playing for is all into literacy and shit. How awesome is literacy and shit? TOTALLY AWESOME!
Won't you please contribute a little something for the children - the precious, precious children?
Michael Ian Black (very famous)