#A Fund For Jennie: Time to Help One Of Our Own

If you’ve been near the internet lately, you likely know that my friend Jennie Perillo, a talented cook and food writer and a devoted mom and wife, lost her husband Mikey to a heart attack 2 1/2 weeks ago.

Mikey’s death was sudden and life-shattering. Absolutely devastating. If you haven’t heard her story, you should read it here. Jennie writes about her sorrow with eloquence and honesty; I don’t know where she gets the strength…I really don’t.

There has been a tremendous outpouring of love for Jennie from across the world. Thousands of peanut butter pies have been made in Mikey’s honor. People who’ve heard her story are re-evaluating their priorities and hugging their loved ones tighter and more often.

But these acts, as wonderful as they are, won’t help Jennie deal with the financial burden that’s now upon her.

Enter Bloggers Without Borders: a brand-new non-profit organization started by Maggy and Erika to help fellow bloggers in need. Together with Bloggers Without Borders, Shauna kicked off an online auction this week to raise money for Jennie so she and her daughters, ages 3 and 8, can have a little financial security…a padding to make their currently fragile life a bit more secure.

There are some amazing items on the virtual auction block. And lots of people are bidding, which is just so wonderful. Kim (pictured above with Jennie in a photo I took of them last fall) has been speaking to Jennie just about every day and she is amazed, humbled, and inspired by all this support. So thank you for sending her the message that the world is filled with goodness. I know that is a giant comfort to her right now.

You don’t have to bid on an auction to help. You can make a straight donation of any amount by clicking through this badge:

Donate to Bloggers Without Borders

If you do want to bid on an auction, though, head to the #a fund for Jennie auction list.

Kim and I wanted to do our part to help, so we have put together our own contribution to the auction, and I talked my dad Barry Wine (owner and chef of the now-closed, but legendary Quilted Giraffe Restaurant in NYC) into joining us! If you’d like to spend some time with the three of us, we would be honored to feed you, show you a great time, and help our friend in the process.

Auction Details:

Description: We will throw a homemade pizza party for up to 12 people at my dad Barry Wine’s (gorgeous!) renovated barn here in New Paltz, New York. The winning bidder(s) will be served by us, drinking Hudson Valley wine and eating gourmet pizzas we cook in the wood-fired pizza oven, or you can choose to make your own pizzas. My dad will even show you how to make his signature Tuna Sashimi and Wasabi Pizza. If you’re gluten-free, it’s not a problem. We’ll make gluten-free dough.

To make this experience even better, up to six guests are welcome to stay overnight in the barn after the dinner, and the next day, you can enjoy some of the Hudson Valleys best hiking, rock climbing, biking, apple picking and farms. Or you can just relax and enjoy the house. New Paltz is only an hour and half from the New York City, accessible by car, bus or train and makes the perfect weekend getaway.

Bidding: The bidding will start at $600. Please bid in the comments section below. $600 might sound like a lot of money for a dinner at first glance, but if you assemble 12 friends, that’s only $50 a person. Try to have a private party with your best friends, great food and wine, a gorgeous space and the attention of a celebrated chef for $50 a person in the city! Impossible. Plus the accommodations are beautiful. I promise.

Terms: The party must take place in 2011 and will be scheduled on a weekend date that is mutually-agreed upon by us and the winning bidder. The winning bidder will be responsible for collecting all money from participants if the cost of the event is shared.

We’re going to run this auction through Monday August 29th, 2011, at midnight EST. Tell your friends and spread the word, please. And thanks again for all your love and support for Jennie!

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42 thoughts on “#A Fund For Jennie: Time to Help One Of Our Own”

  1. Hey Ken, Congratulations!! If Irene hadn’t taken my power away I was going to bid at least $953.50. Have a wonderful time, I know it’s going to be superb!!

    • Leslie- thank you SO MUCH for bidding and I am sorry you weren’t able to put in a last minute offer due to Irene. Sigh.

  2. I remember this shot – and I tweeted you “Oh, they’re so pretty!” and you said, “I know!” Well, you are pretty too and I am doing what I can here in San Diego, donating a bunch of mango, cherry-apricot and rhubarb-ginger chutneys to a basket from San Diego food-bloggers. I also put in a bid, right up your alley, for a 4 hour class to learn to make my own tofu with FujiMama, a delightful person – if you come West one day, you will meet her. Love, Liz

  3. Lovely idea, Winnie. I’m not getting there anytime soon, but I congratulate you on jumping in so fast and offering such an irresistible getaway package.

  4. What a wonderful, delicious experience to offer! It sounds like such fun. I wish Seattle wasn’t so far away…I’d be bidding to join you. I am so moved by the outpouring of support for Jennie and her family.

  5. This sounds fantastic Winnie. I didn’t know about your dad and the Quilted Giraffe connection–I remember it well! Wish I was closer and could gather up friends to chip in with me–a lovely gesture and a really enticing prospect!

  6. What a fantastic auction item! I wish I lived closer, because my friends and I would be out bidding anyone!

    Thank you for your support.