As Im sure most of you are well aware by now, a great friend to the mountain bike community, SVEN MARTIN, was broke his neck while riding in Whistler just before the Crankworx MTB festival. Luckily, Sven was not paralyzed, but he will be out of commission for at least 3 months+. Because of the unfortunate circumstances & not being able to work, his medical bills (let alone personal bills) are stacking up!! Thanks to a few of Svens close friends, led by Pro Downhill star April Lawyer, the mountain bike community is planning on holding a RAFFLE during the US National Championships in Mammoth, Calif. Time is tentatively scheduled for after the PRO MtnCross race on Saturday, Sept 17. Stay tuned for any possible updates/changes & well also have the announcers let everyone know at the race what the latest word will be. Anyone who attended Svens Benefit Raffle at the NORBA Finals in Mt Snow, knows that a ton of prizes were given out & we were able to make a nice chunk of change for Sven. So come on out & donate whatever you can to help out our friend! Theres sure to be tons of awesome products won! I personally will be donating a stack of UTOPIA Optics product & a FREE Custom Painted Helmet by DYLAN DEAN DESIGNS! --- --- --- WHAT: RAFFLE to benefit SVEN MARTIN WHERE: 05 US National MTB Championships @ Mammoth, Calif. WHEN: (tentative) Right after the PRO Mountain Cross race on Saturday, Sept. 17, 2005 WHY: To help a friend of the MTB Community offset his expensive medical bills. HOW MUCH?: Raffle Tickets are $5 each or 5 for $20 --- --- --- If anyone would like to donate product for the raffle, you can contact me at 760-443-3344 or email me at email@example.com. Or you can bring the product with you at Mammoth. If you arent going to be able to make it to Mammoth, but would still like to be a part of the raffle, or would like to donate some money. You can [P]PAYPAY[/P] the funds by visiting www.DylanDeanDesigns.com OR send the money (check or money order preferred written out to SVEN MARTIN) to me at the address below. Raffle money must be received no later than TUESDAY, Sept 20. Anything received after that date will be sent directly to Sven. SVEN MARTIN c/o Jeremiah Dean P.O. Box 461029 Escondido, California 92046 PAYPAL by visiting www.DylanDeanDesigns.com --- --- --- --- **BONUS** I've just talked to Doug Heiser from DHRacers.com & the Turner/Honda Team. It turns out, they too are setting up another auction/raffle at Hennessey's Tavern (in Dana Point, CA) on Thurs, SEPT 22. In order not to get the "Sven Recovery Funds" too out of hand, we've decided to join forces by counting the raffle tickets as a 2 for 1! What this means is that if you buy tickets for the Mammoth raffle, any ticket that doesn't win can be used at the raffle at Hennessey's the following week! Although the Mammoth Raffle will close at the following times: MAIL - Wednesday, Sept 14 PAYPAL - Friday, Sept 16 The PAYPAL service will remain open until the date of the Hennessey's Raffle in order to collect additional Raffle ticket purchases (date/time subject to change) Stay Tuned for more info as it becomes available! If you have any questions, please feel free to conact me at firstname.lastname@example.org Please note: The winner of any raffle prize must pay for all shipping charges (unless they are present at the raffle). Please remember this is a NON-profit raffle/auction.