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Saturday, September 19, 2009

My Team Sarah Blog Talk Radio Interview: The Palins & Alaska

By Adrienne Ross - www.motivationtruth.com

On Friday, September 18th, I was privileged to be a guest on Join Team Sarah Blog Talk Radio. The interview was filled with details about my trip to Alaska during the month of July. I explained how I came to be in Alaska, what I did while there, my encounters with Sarah Palin and members of her family, and my reaction to her hometown of Wasilla. I also detailed what it was like to be in the state during her historic announcement that she would be stepping down from the governor's office and to be present at her fairwell address.

Prior to going to Alaska, I had met Sarah and Todd Palin in June right here in New York, and in the interview I shared those details.

I also gave information about the 2012 Draft Sarah Committee and other pro-Palin avenues through which I support Sarah Palin.

Perhaps the best part of the interview was being the recipient of phone calls from those who wanted to ask questions or make comments.

Sarah Palin is a blessing to this nation. She is making an impact by lending her voice to important issues like health care, energy independence, support of our military, and special needs. She has touched the lives of millions, not just in America, but across the globe. In fact, she is heading in just a few days to Hong Kong to speak at the prestigious CLSA Investor's Forum. Having had the opportunity to be a part of the community in which she was raised, to meet her parents and children, and to talk to her and her husband have left an indelible mark upon my life. You now have the opportunity to share in that experience. Simply log on here to listen to this exciting and informative interview.

Dinner with Sarah Palin Brings In $63,500. for Wounded Warriors

After 10 days of bidding, Private Dinner for Five with Sarah Palin brought $63,500. in for the Ride 2 Recovery charity auction for wounded warriors. Cathy Maples, a Sarah Palin fan from Huntsville, Alabama placed the winning bid.

The Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman reported:

Sep 18, 11:14 PM EDT

Fan pays $63,500 for dinner with Palin

Associated Press Writer

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- A true fan of former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin is shelling out $63,500 to have dinner with her.

Cathy Maples of Huntsville, Ala., was the winner Friday of an Internet auction to aid a charity which benefits wounded veterans.

"I fully support the military and our people that fight for our freedoms," said Maples, a defense contractor who owns her own business.

"I thought it was an extremely good cause, and also I'm a big advocate for Sarah Palin. I think she has a lot of morals, and I would love to see her as president of our country," she said in a phone interview.

Palin offered the dinner as part of a charity auction on the Internet Web site eBay for the Ride 2 Recovery program, which supports wounded veterans through cycling programs. There were nine other auction items in the event.

"We're extremely happy," said John Wordin, executive director of the California-based Ride 2 Recovery. "We ended up grossing over $95,000, which is about as good as it gets right now. We cannot thank the participants and the bidders enough."

The money will help support the organization's programs, like the Golden State Challenge, where 150 wounded veterans will bicycle from San Francisco to Los Angeles along the Pacific Coast Highway. The challenge starts Oct. 4.

Messages left with Palin's spokeswoman on Friday were not immediately returned.

Maples has met Palin twice before, once at a fundraiser in North Carolina during last year's presidential campaign. The other meeting was in Alaska last summer, shortly before Palin left office.

"I've been to Alaska about three times, and the last time I came I bought my grandchildren up, and I tried to make sure my they got to meet her, and they did," she said of the brief meeting at an airport.

"She was a very gracious person, and we enjoyed it," Maples said.

Seven people placed 61 bids over the 10-day run of the auction, which had a minimum bid of $25,000. Maples will have to foot the bill to meet up with Palin for dinner, likely in Alaska. She wouldn't have any problems making another trip north. "I love Alaska," she said.

Other auction items for the charity included lunch with former Bush aide Karl Rove (which went for $16,000), a "CSI: New York" set experience and party with star Gary Sinise ($4,150), and a Rob Lowe-autographed baseball jersey ($620).

The auction ends as Palin is set to re-emerge in public with a speech Wednesday in Hong Kong to an investors group.

She has made only one public appearance since quitting as Alaska governor on July 26, attending a gun owners dinner in Anchorage. Her father told an Idaho newspaper that Palin has been out of Alaska, working on a book.

She was a little-known governor until Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., picked her as his running mate in the 2008 election.

Maples is allowed to bring four people to dinner. She says the plan right now is to bring her two grandchildren, 13 and 18 years old, their mother and the 18-year-old's

The auction had some regulations for the winner, including passing a background check. "Will not be a problem," Maples said.
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Fan pays $63,500 for dinner with Palin (Frontiersman) http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/A/AK_PALIN_EBAY_DINNER_AKOL-?SITE=AKWTF&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT

eBay Listing http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=260474255847

eBay Bid History http://offer.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewBids&item=260474255847

Ride 2 Recovery's Website http://www.ride2recovery.com/

Overall Auction Results http://cgi6.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewListedItems&include=0&since=15&rdir=0&sort=13&rows=50&userid=ride2recoveryfcf

Cathy Maples Wins Sarah Palin Dinner

Chance of a Lifetime Experience with Governor Sarah Palin
Highlights Ride 2 Recovery eBay Charity Auction

On September 18, the first annual Ride 2 Recovery EBay Charity Auction ended with amazing results. Collectively, the auction items brought in over $95,000. Ride2Recovery is thrilled to be able to use these funds towards their upcoming rides with our veterans.

After a week of heavy media coverage, the highlight of the auction, a dinner experience with former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, was won by Cathy Maples of Huntsville Alabama, with a bid of $63,500.

Ride2Recovery was also thrilled that the exclusive lunch with Karl Rove was won with a bid of $16,000 to have a meal with the former Deputy Chief of Staff.

The money raised from this effort will go to support the participation of wounded heroes in the R2R program and events, purchase bikes, helmets, and other technical equipment required for the wounded heroes.

The mission of Ride 2 Recovery is to improve the health and wellness of wounded heroes by providing a life changing experience that can impact their lives forever.

R2R supports Spinning® Recovery Labs and outdoor cycling programs at Military and VA locations around the U.S. to help injured veterans overcome obstacles they face. Ride 2 Recovery improves the health and wellness of injured veterans through cycling. Cycling is an important part of the recovery process because it is an activity that almost all patients with mental and physical disabilities can participate, and because it helps to speed up the rehabilitation process.

On October 4, 2009, more than 150 injured veterans and supporters will set off down the California coast on the seven- day, 460-mile, Golden State Challenge from San Francisco to LA. In December, the injured vets will ride from Tampa to Jacksonville finishing at the Jaguars game vs. the Colts on December 17.

The winners are to be contacted soon and prizes will be redeemed depending on the agreement between both parties.

Other items up for bid included
CSI NY set experience and wrap party with Gary Sinise $4150
Lunch at the Capitol with Frank Luntz $1775
Meet and Greet at the Sean Hannity Show with Sean Hannity and Frank Luntz $5,700
Meet, Greet and Dinner with Fox Special Report with Bret Baier and Steve Hayes $3,000
Play'N'Stay at the World Golf Resort $570
Phil Jackson Autographed Basketball $355
Rob Lowe Autographed Dodger Jersey from the recent Hollywood Stars game $620

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