The 3rd Annual Willem Wijnberg Cancer Fundraiser

This Fundraiser is now closed, for the most amazing results
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All of the Items for this Very Special Fundraiser were created and donated by Willem Wijnberg, a very talented artist from The Netherlands.

To see more of Willem's work and past contributions to Fundraisers to fight cancer:
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"The laboratory of Dr. Elaine Ostrander and colleagues (Dr. Heidi Parker and Dr. Nate Sutter) of the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is conducting a study of Malignant Histiocytosis (MH) in Bernese Mountain Dogs. The goal of this study team is to find variation in genes associated with MH. Recent advances with the canine genome project have facilitated the mapping of canine diseases and we are building upon these resources and successes to try and identify the MH gene in the BMD.

In addition and working independently, the laboratories of Drs. Catherine André, Francis Galibert and Benoit Hédan of the CNRS / Medical University at Rennes in France have also been studying MH in BMD's and have collected a single large family with a large number of affected individuals, with great help of the French BMD club (AFBS).

Since we wish to find the MH genes as quickly as possible, the laboratories of Dr. Elaine Ostrander in the U.S. and Drs. Catherine André, Francis Galibert and Benoit Hédan of the CNRS / Medical University at Rennes in France have been recently funded by the AKC-CHF to collaborate on this extraordinary project. This offers an exciting opportunity for a group of long term colleagues and friends who have collaborated many times in the past to work together again to pool our resources and talents to expedite the search for the MH gene."



For more information and how you can help by donating blood and tissue samples:
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To fully understand just how important it is that we do all we can to help and fund this research, view the Histio Roll Call Site and see just some of the many beloved Bernese lost to this awful disease.
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This Fundraiser is for Grant #336 and the money raised will be matched at a rate of 300% by the Canine Health Foundation CHF and is tax-deductible.


The 3rd Annual Willem Wijnberg Cancer Fundraiser


January 8 through February 19, 2005

Tickets are $5 each.. or
6 for $20... or
20 for $50

Make checks payable to AKC CHF


Please include your name, address, phone number and e-mail address. Also, be sure to include a note telling Joye how to distribute your tickets for the items for the drawing. Mail your checks, your information and your instructions for distributing the tickets you are buying to:


Joye M. Neff,

1182 Firwood Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15243-1825

Joye Neff can convert foreign cheques to US Dollars with no charge from her bank.

Make foreign cheques payable to "Joye M. Neff" and follow the above instructions. Mail your cheques to:

Joye M. Neff
1182 Firwood Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15243-1825

All donations to the AKC CHF are fully tax deductible under current U.S. tax laws. Donors should always consult their tax advisors regarding the tax status of their charitable donations.

Please give generously knowing you have a chance to win one of these beautiful items




FUNDRAISER RESULTS


"It was my dream to be able to fully fund Grant #336 by raising $17,500.
Well, as you will see we have gone past that amount!!!!


From Joye, 9th March '05


I have just finished preparing all of the checks and the Excel Spreadsheet to send to Erica Werne, Grants Director of the AKC Canine Health Foundation from our recent 2005 Willem Wijnberg Cancer Fundraiser. I have checks totalling $26,290.12. I am still awaiting checks for pledges people made for an additonal $530, which would give us a total of $26,820.12. This is an astonishing amount of money that everyone contributed to help fight malignant histiocytosis in Berners. Here is how the money will be distributed:

Grant #336 - "Elaine Ostrander, PhD ~ This grant needed $17,500 to be fully fund with a 3 to 1 match, adding $52,500 for a total of $70,000.

Grant #2667 - "Matthew Breen, PhD ~ This grant needed $2,000 to be fully funded with a 1 to 1 match, adding another $2,000 for a total of $4,000

Grant #2646 - "Cheryl London, DVM, PhD ~ This grant needed $5,000 to be fully funded with a 1 to 1 match, adding another $5,000 for a total of $10,000

To fully fund these three grants we have donated $24,500 with matches of $66,500 for a total of $90,500!

This leaves an additional $2,290.12, plus the pledges of $530, which will be used to establish a "Berner Lovers" Donor Advised Fund for future Bernese Mountain Dog research.

ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!!!

THANK YOU, THANK YOU EVERYONE!



{short description of image} Item # 1

First prize



Willem will make an original painting
from the dog of the winner of this item.

40 cm x 30 cm
Approx. 16in x 12in



Winner:
Nancy Bullard


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BMD Boris from Wendy Beard

"I Like the Snow"

40 cm x 30 cm
Approx. 16in x 12in


The first ticket drawn will win the actual painting.
Then 6 additional tickets will be drawn
and each winner will get a poster of this painting

Winners:
Barb LeTourneau

Ruth Nielsen
Jill Schaeffer
Helen Sue Hollander
Cathy Susko
Wanda Tait
Jane Heggen



{short description of image} Item # 3

Cecilia Stahl's BMD from Sweden

"Griffin Under Tree with Autumn Leaves"

40 cm x 30 cm
Approx. 16in x 12in


The first ticket drawn will win the actual painting.
Then 5 additional tickets will be drawn
and each winner will get a poster of this painting



Winners:
Jill Shaeffer

Jane Smith
Sheldon Schall
Diane Cukrowicz
Elizabeth Pearson
BMDC South East Wisconsin



{short description of image} Item # 4

"Brrrrrrrr, Mom, It's So Cold Outside"

40 cm x 30 cm

Approx. 16in x 12in

The first ticket drawn will win the actual painting.

Then 5 additional tickets will be drawn
and each winner will get a poster of this painting

Winners:
Loyal MacMillan

Patti Rosner
BMDCSEW
BMDC Greater Twin Cities
Jane Smith
Andrew Bradbury



{short description of image} Item # 5

Berner pup from Denise Vickers in the US

"Puppy with the Watering Can"

40 cm x 30 cm

Approx. 16in x 12in

The first ticket drawn will win the actual painting.
Then 6 additional tickets will be drawn
and each winner will get a poster of this painting

Winners:
Marles Maxwell

Robin Hoogwerf

Andrew Bradbury
Carolyn Smithn
Art & Mary Ellen Masson
BMDC of Canada
Elizabeth Pearson



{short description of image} Item # 6

Cecilia Stalh's BMD from Sweden

"Griffin by the Flower Fields"

40 cm x 30 cm
Approx. 16in x 12in

The first ticket drawn will win the actual painting.
Then 8 additional tickets will be drawn
and each winner will get a poster of this painting

Winners:
Joyce Kallgren

Andrew Bradbury

BMDCSEW
Lone Star BMDC
Francine Tisch
BMDCGTC
Maxwell Anderson,
BMDC Greater Seattle
Elizabeth Pearson



{short description of image} Item # 7

"Berner and His Ice Cabin"

40 cm x 30 cm
Approx. 16in x 12in


The first ticket drawn will win the actual painting.
Then 7 additional tickets will be drawn
and each winner will get a poster of this painting


Winners:
Debby Lyon

Jeannie Smith

BMDCSEW
Vicki Kindergan
Carol Ganz
Francine Tisch
Robin Hoogwerf
LSBMDC



{short description of image} Item # 8

"Berner Playing in the Snow"

40 cm x 30 cm

Approx. 16in x 12in

The first ticket drawn will win the actual painting.
Then 6 additional tickets will be drawn
and each winner will get a poster of this painting

Winners:
BMDCC

Maxwell Anderson

Jerry Hughes
Robin Hoogwerf
BMDCSEW
Joyce Kallgren
Jenise Klos



{short description of image} Item # 9

Berner portrait

"Let's Go and Make Fun"

40 cm x 30 cm
Approx. 16in x 12in

The first ticket drawn will win the actual painting.

Then 5 additional tickets will be drawn
and each winner will get a poster of this painting

Winners:
Robin Hoogwerf

Loyal MacMillan

Gloria Green
Australian BMDC
BMDC Southern CA
Jane Smith



{short description of image} Item # 10

Playing Berner puppies

"I Am Much Stronger than You, Little Sister"

40 cm x 30 cm

Approx. 16in x 12in

The first ticket drawn will win the actual painting.
Then 7 additional tickets will be drawn
and each winner will get a poster of this painting

Winners:
Bobbie Abern

BMDCSEW

Julie Latterell
Beth Atkinson
Jill Weir
Liz Caldwell
Barb Lindman
Pam Santorelli



{short description of image} Item # 11

BMD Griffin from Cecilia Stahl from Sweden

"Mom I love You So Much"

40 cm x 30cm

Approx. 16in x 12in

The first ticket drawn will win the actual painting.

Then 5 additional tickets will be drawn
and each winner will get a poster of this painting

Winners:
Pam Santorelli

Anya Wittenborg

Cathi Dovico
Sheldon Schall
BMDCC
Kevin Nolet



{short description of image} Item # 12

China Flat Flower Vase with Berner head,

Wendy Beard's Boris

18 cm x 20 cm

Approx. 7in x 8in
Winner:
Loyal MacMillan



{short description of image} Item # 13

China Flower Vase
with the head of Karen Conners' Amika

28 cm x 10 cm

Approx. 11in x 4 in
Winner:
Pat Long



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2 China Flower Vases with ribbed bottom

18 cm x 6 cm
Approx. 7in x 2.5 in


2 tickets will be drawn

Winners:
Janice Parky
Loyal MacMillan



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2 China Flower Vases with one ear

17 cm x 6 cm
Approx. 7in x 2.5in


2 tickets will be drawn

Winners:
Laurie Farley
Joyce Kallgren



{short description of image} Item # 16

2 China Flower Vases with 2 ears

20 cm x 8 cm
Approx. 7in x 2.5in


2 tickets will be drawn

Winners:
BMDCGTC
BMDCSEW



{short description of image} Item # 17

China Small Flower Vase

10 cm x 8 cm

Approx. 4 in x 3 in
Winner:
Liz Bradbury



{short description of image} Item # 18

5 China Herb Pots

18 cm x 7 cm
Approx. 7 in x 3 in

5 tickets will be drawn
Winners:
Mary Stoll
Dottie Pattee
Loyal MacMillan
Anne Copeland
BMDCSEW



{short description of image} Item # 19

5 China Acorn Leaf Candy Plates

17cm x 14cm
Approx. 7 in x 5.5 in


5 tickets will be drawn

Winners:
Vicki Hall
Lisa Ebnet
Ellen Folke
Roz Salbenblatt
Shirley Bartmess



{short description of image} Item # 20

2 Oval China Plates with Berner

29 cm x 21 cm

Approx. 11.5 in x 8 in

2 tickets will be drawn

Winners:
Cindy Heintzberger
Joyce Kallgren



{short description of image} Item # 21

China Flat Plate with Berner head,
Wendy Beard's Boris


30 cm x 20 cm.

Approx. 12 in x 8 in
Winner:
Craig & Tracy Healy



{short description of image} Item # 22

Oval China Tea Spoon Box

14 cm x 8 cm x 7 cm

Approx. 5.5 in x 3 in x 3 in
Winner:
BMDC Southern California



{short description of image} Item # 23

Water Colour Painting

of Berner head in frame

10 cm x 8 cm.
Approx. 4 in x 3 in
Winner:
BMDCSC




{short description of image} Item # 24

6 Bernese Mountain Dog Figurines.

6 tickets will be drawn.

Winners:
Candy Konicki
Ron Peck & Toshiko Obokata
Joyce Kallgren
S. V.
Susan Muza
Craig & Tracy Healy



{short description of image} Item # 25

A very rare and unique item,
as so far as we know it's the only one in the world.

Painting of the head of a BMD,

Wendy Beard's Boris,
on an egg from an Ostrich bird.
Winner:
Patt Wiegand



{short description of image} Item # 26

3 Posters of BMD Griffin


"Griffin Lying Between the Autumn Leaves"
40 cm x 30 cm
Approx. 16 in x 12 in


3 tickets will be drawn


Winners:
Anya Wittenborg
BMDCC
Margot Burwood



{short description of image} Item # 27

2 Posters of Cabot


"Mom, I Am the Nice Flower in Your Garden

40 cm x 30 cm
Approx. 16 in x 12 in


2 tickets will be drawn.
Winners:
Marilyn Dreger
Mary Ann Bruner



{short description of image} Item # 28

3 Posters of Xena on the beach


"BARC puppy Xena with Her New Big Brother"

40 cm x 30 cm

Approx. 16 in x 12 in

3 tickets will be drawn
Winners:
Diane Cukrowicz
BMDC Mason Dixon
Mandy Farrar



{short description of image} Item # 29

4 Posters of


"I Am Sitting Between the Flowers, Mom"

40 cm x 30 cm
Approx. 16 in x 12 in


4 Tickets will be drawn



Winners:
Cindy Heintzberger
Candy Konicki
Karen Heitkamp
BMDCSEW



Berner-Garde Database Challenge

Our two donors (One anonymous and Val Taylor-Wood and Phil Harfoot from the U.K.) have pledged to donate $5 and the AKC CHF will match that with $15 more, for EVERY documentation of cause and date of death in the Berner-Garde Database.

If you have already entered the cause and date of death into the Berner-Garde Database, just dig through your records to find or get your vet's diagnosis and either scan and e-mail it to Maria Crifasi mcrifasi@starpower.net ~ or you can fax it or snail mail it to her.

If you have never entered your present and past Berners into the Berner-Garde Database, now is the time to do it!!

If we can get 77 people to send Maria Crifasi the documentation for cause and date of death for the Berner-Garde Database, we will get $385 from the donors and an additional $1,155 from the AKC CHF Match, giving us a total of $1,540. This challenge is still active!!!

Here is the url for the Berner-Garde web site:

http://www.bernergarde.org/

WE NEED PEOPLE TO SUPPORT THIS CHALLENGE BY DOCUMENTING THE CAUSE AND DATE OF DEATH FOR THEIR BERNERS IN THE BERNER-GARDE DATABASE.

PLEASE go through your records and find the diagnosis of your Berners at the Rainbow Bridge's death or the pathology report. You will be honoring their memory by supporting the Berner-Garde Database Challenge and you will be helping the future Berners because not only will we be adding vital information to the Berner-Garde Database, but you will be helping us earn more money to fight Malignant Histiocytosis in our breed. It's easy to help - please take the time to help our Berners......

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