The 6th Annual Willem Wijnberg AKC CHF Cancer Fundraiser



The Items for this Very Special Fundraiser were created and donated by Willem Wijnberg,
a very talented artist from The Netherlands.


For the past six years, Willem has made and donated all of the items for our AKC CHF Cancer Fundraisers.

Thank you, Willem, for your monumental work to fight cancer in our Berners.


To see more of Willem's work and past contributions to Fundraisers to fight cancer:
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For the Results of this year's Fundraiser
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The 6th Annual Willem Wijnberg Cancer Fundraiser


On March 16,2008, I authorized $41,600 to be transferred from our "Berner Lovers Donor Advised Fund" to the Elaine Ostrander (NHGRI/NIH)/Catherine Andre (CNRS) study of "Positional Cloning of Two Genes for Malignant Histiocytosis" study, and the AKC CHF matched our donation of $41,600, giving a total donation to fight Malignant Histiocytosis of $83,200! Working together, the Ostrander and Andre labs have each unambiguously identified two regions of the genone (on chromosomes 8 and 20) with genes causing Malignant Histiocytosis in Bernese Mountain Dogs. They are now working together to find the exact genes and genetic variants responsible for the disease. We ARE getting closer to being able to produce information needed for genetic test development.

THANK YOU ALL for your very generous support of our cancer fundraisers and THANK YOU to Willem Wijnberg who donates his beautiful Berner paintings to help us raise money to fight cancer.

Unfortunately, we have completely depleted the funds in our Berner Lovers Donor Advised Fund, and we now need to build it up so when the new round of studies are approved early in 2009, we will have some money in our fund. I know that Matthew Breen will need some funding next year and I'm sure that there will be some other Berner studies which will also need money.

I am pleased to launch our "6th Annual Willem Wijnberb AKC CHF Cancer Fundraiser!"



Dates


May 24th to July 11th 2008


Prices:


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




When you send your check/cheque, please include your name, address, phone number and e-mail address. Also, be sure to include a note telling how to distribute your tickets for the items for the drawing, so you can try to win the prizes you want the most. 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

wbneff+@pitt.edu

Checks should be made payable to: AKC CHF

In the memo line write: Donation to fight cancer

I can convert foreign cheques to US Dollars with no charge from my 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

wbneff+@pitt.edu


Donations to the AKC CHF are tax deductible under current U.S. tax laws, however 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



Thank you all....Berner People are the Greatest!!!

Joye Neff and Nicky (and Ben)
Mt. Lebanon, Pittsburgh, PA

wbneff+@pitt.edu




Fundraiser Challenges!


After all of the regular prizes are awarded to the winners, I will place ALL of the tickets into a BIG container for our BIG BERNER BONUS Drawing. The first ticket chosen will be the winner of the gorgeous Dannyquest Berner and Pups Carting Sculpture donated by Renee Jacquier. The second ticket chosen will be the winner of the great Mad Dog Berner Art Berner Clock donated by Andrea Madeley. .




DannyQuest Sculpture
DannyQuest Sculpture
Carting Scene with Pups
15x5.25x6.5" plus Cherrywood Base





Mad Dog Berner Art Berner Clock


These fabulous Big Berner Bonus Prizes have been generously donated by Renee Jacquier and Andrea Madeley, we are hoping that they will encourage people to send in generous donations and buy a lot more tickets for the fundraiser so they can try to win these special prizes too! If you have already sent me a check for tickets, then you already have tickets for these special prizes. Of course, I'm sure that everyone will want to get more tickets to try to win this prize, and all you have to do is buy more tickets for the regular prizes painted by Willem Wijnberg. You are getting tickets for both when you buy your regular tickets. I have had several pledges from people since yesterday, but we still need a lot more pledges and donations to get to our goal. We need YOU to support this Cancer Fundraiser. Cancer is a huge problem in our breed - if you haven't lost a Berner to cancer you are lucky. But, your luck will run out before too long, so why don't you "stack the deck" in your favor and make a donation to support research in Cancer in Berners. The dog your donation might save might be the Berner at your feet right now or the Berner in your future.

We also have these Challenges going on right now which will give you extra tickets!


I have a very special Challenge from Carol Ganz for a three day period. Carol and Joe Ganz lost their boy, Willie, to osteosarcoma on June 27th. Carol will match any donations up to a total of $1000 for donations that are sent between July 5 and July 8. Carol will also donate her tickets to the donors,so their tickets will be doubled!!!

I have one more challenge to announce - actually it's two challenges: An anonymous Berner Lover has just come back from the World Dog Show in Stockholm, Sweden and she has donated 10 World Dog Show pins as a challenge. The first 10 people who send a check of $30 or more dated July 8th or later will receive one of these "collector item pins." The second challenge she is making is that the first person who sends a check of $100 dated July 8th or later will receive a very special World Dog Show program - it is a synopsis of the show schedule each day with some nice short articles, photos, and some advertisements.



The World Dog Show Pin



The World Dog Show Programme


And a Personal Challenge from Jean Cheesman

Item # 29 is Jean's Samson as a puppy, her Berner Boy sadly lost to Lymphosarcoma in 1999. Anyone adding tickets in to this Item on the Fundraiser from June 9th to June 11th she will match the amount donated and if someone else wins it she will buy it from them for Triple the amount they donated, this money to go to the Fundraiser of course!!



Our fundraiser will end on Friday, July 11th. As usual I will allow a few more days for checks mailed on the last day to reach me. I plan to do the drawing on Thursday evening, July 17th. That means that there isn't much time to send in your donations.

** Procrastinators ** This is the right time to send in your checks and cheques!!!



Results of the 6th Annual Willem Wijnberg Cancer Fundraiser


*~ TA DA ~* ANNOUNCING THE TOTAL AMOUNT WE RAISED
FOR THE 6TH ANNUAL WILLEM WIJNBERG AKC CHF CANCER FUNDRAISER~!

I am very pleased to announce that we have raised $18,190.17 in our 6th Annual Willem Wijnberg AKC CHF Cancer Fundraiser. That total includes both the checks I have already received and the pledges people made during the last week of the fundraiser. I sent off a huge batch of checks to the AKC CHF a few weeks ago and will send off the rest of the checks as soon as I have all of the pledges.

We had donations from 194 people, living in 38 states, 4 provinces of Canada and 4 other countries. Here are the totals from the states/provinces/countries:
AK - 2
AZ - 5
CA - 9
CO - 7
CT - 2
FL - 1
GA - 4
ID - 1
IL - 4
IN - 3
KS - 4
KY - 1
MA - 16
MD - 5
ME - 2
MI - 2
MN - 1
MO - 1
MT - 4
NC - 7
NE - 1
NH - 1
NJ - 5
NV - 2
NY - 14
OH - 13
OK - 1
OR - 1
PA - 22
RI - 1
TN - 1
TX - 8
UT - 4
VA - 3
VT - 2
WA - 9
WV - 1
WY - 1
Alberta - 2
Australia - 4
British Columbia - 4
Italy - 1
Mexico - 1
Newfoundland - 1
Ontario - 5
UK - 5

Pennsylvania, once again, led the pack with 22 donations. In second place was Massachusetts with 16 donations, followed closely by New York with 14 and Ohio with 13. THANK YOU everyone WORLDWIDE for making this fundraiser to fight cancer such a HUGE success!!!

THANK YOU to Willem Wijnberg for painting the prizes for our fundraiser. This is his 6th year doing the prizes for the AKC CHF Cancer Fundraiser. He does a tremendous amount of work creating the prizes each year and we are indebted to him for his generosity and hard work.

THANK YOU to Jean Cheesman, who created another wonderful website for our fundraiser. I know that Jean spends a lot of time developing and updating the website and her dedication is greatly appreciated.

THANK YOU to Took Visudtibhan for purchasing the china pieces and shipping them to Willem for the fundraiser and also to Took and David, her husband, for driving 5 hours on Friday from their home to help pack up the prizes and deliver the first batch of prizes to the post office on Saturday morning.

THANK YOU to everyone who made a Challenge to encourage more donations to the fundraiser: Toby Erlichman, Nancy Melone, Bobbie Abern, Pat Long, Susan Muza, Dana Pero, Renee Jacquire, Andrea Madeley, Carol Ganz, Took Visudtibhan and Jean Cheesman.

THANK YOU to my husband Bill, for taking a truck full of prizes to the post office today!! All of the packages have been mailed to the very lucky winners, except for twelve which I will take to the post office on my way to work. I am missing three addresses - if anyone has the snail mail addresses of these people, please send it to me: David Hopper, Sue O'Bannon and Marsha Hargrave. Thanks!

Now, we will have a break from me asking you to send money to help Berners, so that you can start saving up for our next fundraiser, which will start around mid August.

BERNERS AND THEIR PEOPLE ARE THE GREATEST!!!

Joye Neff and Nicky (and Will)
Mt. Lebanon,
Pittsburgh, PA



First Prize Item #1

First prize!

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


The Winner is: Carol McArthur


{short description of image} Item #2

Spike says "Gideon I will tell you a secret"

owned by Annie Bell from Australia.

The first ticket drawn will win the actual painting.


The Winner is: Dottie Schulte


Then 10 additional tickets will be drawn and each winner will get a print of this painting.


The Winners are: Nell Ward, Carol Stephenson,
Barb LeTourneau, Annie Bell, Renee Meriaux,
Dottie Schulte, Sue O'Bannon, Carol Eastley,
Bobbie Klimkowski and Annie Bell



Item #3

"Angel between the flowers"

owned by Karen Connors from the USA

The first ticket drawn will win the actual painting.


The Winner is: Diane and Couglas Metzler


Then 7 additional tickets will be drawn and each winner will get a print of this painting.


The Winners are: Sue O'Bannon, Robin Hoogworf,
Barb LeTourneau, Carol Stephenson, Annie Bell, Carol McArthur and Mie Kingsley


Item #4

Nicky says "Mom I am a big boy now"

owned by Joye Neff from the USA.

The first ticket drawn will win the actual painting.

The Winner is: Donna Wiles

Then 7 additional tickets will be drawn and each winner will get a print of this painting.


The Winners are: Alexis Smith, Sue O'Bannon,
Carol Stephenson, Donna Wiles, Ella Causer,
Marsha Hargrave and Nell Ward


Item #5

"Stevie the Miracle Dog"

owned by Karen Doyle & Mike Bulmer from Bright, Ontario


The first ticket drawn will win the actual painting.


The Winner is: Molly Settles


Then 7 additional tickets will be drawn and each winner will get a print of this painting.


The Winners are: Karen Doyle, Carol McArthur,
Nell Ward, Carol Stephenson, Barb LeTourneau, Karen Doyle and Carol McArthur


Item #6

"She is my Hero"
Sophie Tucker in the snow

owned by Nancy Melone from the USA


The Winner is Debby Fitch


The first ticket drawn will win the actual painting.

Then 9 additional tickets will be drawn and each winner will get a print of this painting.


The Winners are: Nell Ward, Renee Jacquier, Carol Westaway, Sue Ward, Annette Jan, Kristi Davis, Greg and Glenda Peirce, Coral Denis
and Barb LeTourneau



Item #7

Kaiser says "I am tired from playing with my toy"

owned by Liz Rilstone from Australia.


The first ticket drawn will win the actual painting.


The Winner is: Terri Babcock

Then 7 additional tickets will be drawn and each winner will get a print of this painting.


The Winners are: Donna Wiles, Lisa Dobey,
Julie Wilson, Carol Eastley, Jean Smith,
Barb LeTourneau and Sue O'Bannon



Item #8

"Daddy can I go with you for a walk"

owned by Cathy Shipe from the USA.

The first ticket drawn will win the actual painting.


The Winner is: Cathi Dovico

Then 8 additional tickets will be drawn and each winner will get a print of this painting.


The Winners are: Cherie Massaro, Sue Ward,
Sue O'Bannon, Linda Klei, Dot Decker,
Carol Stephenson, Nell Ward and Karen Thompson


Item #9

Riley says "I have the best place in the house"

owned by David Hopper from the USA.

The first ticket drawn will win the actual painting.


The Winner is: Nell Ward

Then 6 additional tickets will be drawn and each winner will get a print of this painting.


The Winners are: Greg and Glenda Peirce,
Donna Wiles, Annette Jan, Annie Bell,
Keith Lipman and Randy Eddleman
and Diane and Doublas Metzler


Item #10

Yaros says "Sorry Mom that I left you alone!

owned by Nancy van Horne from the USA.

The first ticket drawn will win the actual painting.


The Winner is: Cathi Dovico

Then 7 additional tickets will be drawn and each winner will get a print of this painting.


The Winners are: Annie Bell, Jane Nordwall,
Marsha Schaublin, Teresa Godfrey, Linda Glover, Barb LeTourneau and Nancy Bullard


Item #11

Bentley says "I am so sweet"

owned by Pam Upchurch

a friend of Karen Connors from the USA

The first ticket drawn will win the actual painting.


The Winner is: Kathy Sibley

Then 9 additional tickets will be drawn and each winner will get a print of this painting


The Winners are: Annette Jan, Bobbie Klimkowski, Randi Leonard, Donna Wiles, Barb LeTrourneau,
Nell Ward, Carol Stephenson, Kathy Sibley and Randi Leonard



{short description of image} Item #12

Sadie says "I am much stronger then you, Uncle Bentley"

owned by Joyce & Jaye Mills from the USA

The first ticket drawn will win the actual painting.


The Winner is: Greg and Glenda Peirce

Then 10 additional tickets will be drawn and each winner will get a print of this painting.


The Winners are: Sheila Morgan, Nell Ward,
Barb LeTourneau, Joyce Mills, Joni Payne,
Donna Wiles, Cherie Massaro, Sue O'Bannon,
Carol Stephenson and Dot Decker



{short description of image} Item #13

Raven says "I am so happy rolling in the snow"

owned by Vicky Hall from the USA

The first ticket drawn will win the actual painting


The Winner is: Robin Hoogworf

Then 9 additional tickets will be drawn and each winner will get a print of this painting


The Winners are: Vicky Hall, Stephanie Biksacky, Terri Babcock, Anya Wittenborg, Wendi Meyer, Peggy Dixon, Sue Ward, Kim Moran, Nancy Bard
and Kay Taylor


{short description of image} Item #14

"Look what we found in the forest" say Cass and Skye

owned by Laurie Farley from the USA.

The first ticket drawn will win the actual painting


The Winner is: Debbie Schaeffer

Then 10 additional tickets will be drawn and each winner will get a print of this painting.


The Winners are: Joni Payne, Coral Denis, Annie Bell, Teresa Dickerson, Debbie Schaeffer, Laurie Farley, Nell Ward, Barb LeTourneau, Carol Stephenson
and Annie Bell



{short description of image} Item #15

"I am tired from the long walk" says Spike

owned by Annie Bell from Australia.

The first ticket drawn will win the actual painting.


The Winner is: Alexis Smith

Then 10 additional tickets will be drawn and each winner will get a print of this painting.


The Winners are: Liz Caldwell, Robin Hoogworf, Annie Bell, Carol Eastley, Annie Bell, Nell Ward, Bobbie Klimkowski, Liz Caldwell, Terri Babcock
and Carol Stephenson



{short description of image} Item #16

Ernie says "I am a big boy but the long walk was very hard"

owned by Carol Burke from the USA.

The first ticket drawn will win the actual painting.


The Winner is: Terri Babcock

Then 12 additional tickets will be drawn and each winner will get a print of this painting.


The Winners are: Jane Nordwall, Janice Parky,
Nell Ward, Annie Bell, Dawn Weber,
Laura Lopez Mendez, Terri Babcock, Jane Nordwall, Carol Stephenson, Brenda Broome
and Took Visudtibhan



{short description of image} Item #17

The Golden Pup says "I am so happy with my new toy"

owned by Gerdine van Koten from the Netherlands

The first ticket drawn will win the actual painting.


The Winner is: Sue Sanvido

Then 14 additional tickets will be drawn and each winner will get a print of this painting.


The Winners are: Barb LeTourneau, Cherie Massaro, Annie Bell, Sue Sanvido, Carol McArthur,
Jeff Ruffing, Don Petrella, Annie Bell, Sue Sanvido, Carol Stephenson, Gracie Neff, Peg Patti, Bella Neff and Ginger Paige
.


{short description of image} Item #18

Berners Geneva and Gundrun say "We love the snow"

owned by Jill Shaeffer from the USA.

The first ticket drawn will win the actual painting.


The Winner is: Jill Shaeffer

Then 11 additional tickets will be drawn and each winner will get a print of this painting.


The Winners are: Robin Hoogworf, Nan Pixton,
Jill Shaeffer, Nell Ward, Annie Bell, Donna Wiles, Jane Nordwall, Carol Stephenson, Annie Bell,
Jill Shaeffer and Laura Lopez Mendez


Item #19

"Mom, where are you now" say Leia and Link

owned by Dawn Weber from the USA

The first ticket drawn will win the actual painting.


The Winner is: Nell Ward

Then 10 additional tickets will be drawn and each winner will get a print of this painting.


The Winners are: Peggy Rickenbach,
Robin Hoogworf, Annie Bell, Dawn Weber,
Karen Connors, Jean Smith, Jane Nordwell,
Lynn Alvarez, Terri Babcock and Nancy Bard



{short description of image} Item #20

Griff says "I love the Sunset!

owned by Pat Wiegand from the USA.

The first ticket drawn will win the actual painting.


The Winner is: Sheila Durfee

Then 10 additional tickets will be drawn and each winner will get a print of this painting.


The Winners are: Gary Lambach, Lisbeth Plant, Maria Crifasi, Fara Bushnell, Terri Babcock,
Donna Wiles, Kristi Davis, Marsha Schaublin,
Liz Caldwell and Linda Adams




Item #21

An original classic Swiss BMD collar


The Winner is: Celeste O'Malley



Item #22

A BMD Jigsaw Puzzle


The Winner is: Dottie Schulte



Item #23

A Christmas tree ornament with Newfoundland head


The Winner is: Donna Wiles



Item #24

A Chrismas tree ornament with Newfoundland pup


The Winner is: Donna Wiles


Item #25

A Christmas tree ornament with Newfoundland


The Winner is: Carol Stephenson


Item #26

A Christmas tree ornament with BMD head


The Winner is: Sara Grier


Item #27

A Christmas tree ornament with BMD puppy


The Winner is: Maria Crifasi


Item #28

3 China standards with BMD puppy
with red tongue

3 tickets will be drawn


The Winners are: Valerie Chase, Megan Settles
and Betsy Brainard and Sally Cross


Item #29

A China standard
with "Mom I steal something from your roses"
Jean Cheesman's Samson as a pup


The Winner is: Dawn Weber



Item #30

A China standard
with Sherman the story teller from doggy heaven

when he was a puppy

The Winner is: Audrey Donovan


Item #31

A China standard
with BMD. puppy head


The Winner is: Molly Settles


Item #32

A China wall plate
with head of a BMD male


The Winner is: Annette Jan


Item #33

A China wall plate
with Amika owned by
Karen Connors, the Angel Pin Lady


The Winner is: Carol Stephenson


Item #34

A China pill box with BMD head


The Winner is: Ella Causer


Item #35

China basket with Newfoundland pup


The Winner is: Janice Parky


{short description of image} Item #36

A China basket with BMD head


The Winner is: Maureen Hayes


Item #37

3 China Christmas tree ornaments
with BMD head with red scarf


3 tickets will be drawn

The Winners are: Donna Wiles, Maria Crifasi
and Pat Long


Item #38

9 prints of Angel amongst the flowers
owned by Karen Connors the Angel Pin Lady from the USA

9 tickets will be drawn


The Winners are: Lisa Hawes, Celeste O'Malley, Carol McArthur, Annie Bell, Renee Meriaux,
Lisbeth Plant, Allison O'Dell, Toby Erlichman
and Mie Kingsley





Item #39

7 prints of Fluffy Duffy amongst the flowers
owned by Carolyn Flemming from the USA

7 tickets will be drawn


The Winners are: Pam Santorelli, Dot Decker,
Donna Wiles, Annie Bell, Carol Stephenson,
Toby Erlichman and Donna Wiles




Item #40

8 prints of Three Berners on Driftwood
owned by Nancy van Horne from the USA

8 tickets will be drawn


The Winners are: Jane Nordwall, Jeanne Heiple, Annie Bell, Robin Hoogworf, Carol Stephenson, Nancy Van Horne, Annie Bell and Janice Parky



{short description of image} Item #41

9 prints of Barney Boy
owned by Jean Cheesman from England

9 tickets will be drawn


The Winners are: Jean Cheesman, Maria Crifasi, Laura Lopez Mendez, Janice Parky, Toby Erlichman, Dawn Weber, Brenda Broome, Karen Connors
and Sylvia Katvala



Item #42

7 prints of Yaros
owned by Nancy van Horne from the USA


7 tickets will be drawn

The Winners are: Nancy Van Horne,
Diane and Douglas Duell, Annie Bell, Jane Nordwall, Cherie Massaro, Greg and Glenda Peirce
and Lisa Serretto



Item #43

9 prints of Amika
owned by Karen Connors the Angel Pin Lady from the USA

9 tickets will be drawn


The Winners are: Cindi Harry, Nell Ward,
Diane and Douglas Duell, Annie Bell, Janice Parky, Karen Connors, Maria Crifasi, Annie Bell
and Laura Lopez Mendez





The winner of the gorgeous Dannyquest Berner and Pups Carting Sculpture donated by Renee Jacquier is: Kris Hayko and Mike Knisely

The winner of the great Mad Dog Berner Art Berner Clock donated by Andrea Madeley is: Patti Rosner


With special thanks to Took Visudtibhan who kindly donated the china for Willem to create many of these wonderful items


And here is a very special picture,

Willem at work on Amika's painting
for our Angel Pin Lady, Karen Connors,
We love you!
!!!!

Willem at work

Histio Roll Call
for our too many Berners lost to Malignant Histiocytosis

Shelley's Histio Website
for other breeds lost to this awful cancer

Endlesslove Angels
for all breeds and species lost to all types of cancer




By donating to this Fundraiser you are helping with research that in the future which will help spare the pain of losing a loved one to Cancer!



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