Time once again to start rounding up donations for this years Alliance Auction. Putting the call out to hoarders of vintage parts, artists, and Alliance Vendors to start digging through each of your stashes and offer up something cool for the good of fellow HAMBers. Each year the money raised from the Alliance Auction goes to help out a few members of the HAMB that have fallen on a bad stretch. Last year, close to two grand was raised and the money was split between three guys with piles of medical bills. My expectation this year is to double the amount raised, so I am going to be sending a ton of pm's, e-mails, and talking on the phone to reach this goal. So, parts collectors start sifting thorough your piles to offer something you can let go of. Same goes for those that collect hot rod and custom memorabilia/literature. Artists if you can create something with the "HAMB Drags 2010" theme; that stuff always brings top dollar. Alliance Vendors, all vendors really, pick something off of your shelf to lend a hand. Will have a table at Holiday Inn parking lot Fri. night to grab donations Even if you don't have a donation stop and say hello and sign the H.A.M.B. banner that will be put in the auction when full of autographs. Send me a pm or mail stuff to: Bill Owecke 2444 Missouri St. Lawrence KS 66046 Thanks to everyone that has helped in the past and those that will pitch in this year too. Buddha Bill A cut and paste from dickster's auction... ...a little bit what the Alliance Auction at the HAMB Drags is about. It begins with HAMBer stan292 who started the Silent Auction several years ago to help Ryan pay expenses and keep the HAMB chugging along. Stan posted a thread a few years back asking for another set of hands, and being a newb figured it would be a good way for me to help and meet other folks from the board here. The following year, other pressing matters came to surface for Stan and the auction was now pretty much in my hands. I went through my initiation and raised a decent chunk of change. At this time too, things were rolling along pretty well financially for Ryan. He suggested we send this ship on a different course and give back to the HAMB in a different way. So, we agreed to give the money directly to others who may have hit a rough patch in their lives. I won't name names here as it is not my place. But, in years past the money raised has gone to; a young rodder from Canada who captured a lot of hearts here, a guy who endured the challenges of a stroke, a FAS talent who had multiple heart surgeries, a well known Oakie who unfortunately lost his battle with cancer, as well as a few others. The money raised comes with no strings attached. It can be spent however each person sees fit. They can throw themselves a wild party, buy parts for their cars, or pay bills. It's really of no concern. This is just a way to say "thank you" to these HAMBers for helping to make the HAMB a place , in the words of Ryan, "dedicated to spreading the gospel of traditional hot rods and kustoms to hoodlums world wide."