(No, we’re not auctioning off our Mom! We’re auctioning a cooking class for you and 5 friends!)
Last week, Mom wrote a post about our dear friend, Jennifer Perillo whose husband died suddenly from a heart attack. Through her grief, Jennie asked us all to do one thing: make peanut butter pie to honor her husband. And thousands of people did. It made the front page of CNN.com and Food Network. The restaurant Blue Smoke in New York City put Mikey’s Peanut Butter Pie on their menu for two weeks (I went and had it!). And Todd and Diane, in their inimitable way, made a beautiful video that made this a movement. There were hundreds, maybe thousands, of blog posts. Our Twitter streams were filled with pictures of that gorgeous pie accompanied by heart-felt words of love and support for Jennie and her girls. It was astounding.
But now it’s time to do something for Jennie. Jennie’s good friend, Shauna sent out an e-mail to the blogging community which initiated a campaign to raise money. She said:
As you can imagine, Jennie is overwhelmed not only by her grief, and the sudden responsibility of raising two children by herself, but she is also struggling with this financially. She just learned that she cannot collect widow’s benefits from Social Security because she earns too much money each year. The health insurance for her and her kids runs out in December and she just learned that the total she will have to pay will be more than her mortgage. It’s possible she’ll have to pay off the entire mortgage in one lump sum because the apartment was in his name alone.
And more than anything, Mikey wanted Jennie to continue living her dream of being a food writer. And he wanted to make sure his kids were taken care of well. That’s why he worked as hard as he did.
Erika and I also just launched Bloggers without Borders, a blogger-based nonprofit which is promoting all the auctions & fundraising efforts and collecting all the funds for Jennie’s campaign. There are two ways that you can help:
If you’d like to make a donation to a #afundforjennie, you can do so directly through the Bloggers without Borders Paypal account:
Three Many Cooks is also donating a Pam Anderson cooking class/tasting menu in the New York city area to the highest bidder and 5 guests.
Date, location, and menu to be determined by Three Many Cooks and highest bidder. Also included–Pam’s six books, signed and personalized. New York Times bestsellers Perfect One-Dish Dinners and The Perfect Recipe for Losing Weight and Eating Great, Julia Child award winning, The Perfect Recipe, and James Beard Award nominees,How To Cook Without a Book and Perfect Recipes for Having People Over, as well as CookSmart. Book 7–Cook Without a Book: Meatless Meals (Rodale Press October 2011) will also be included in the package.
We’d love to cook with you and your friends!
Bidding starts at $500
Leave your bid in the comments section. If you’d like to remain anonymous, you don’t have to enter your real name. Just make sure the email address is correct (I am the only one who will see your email address) so I can find you after the auction.
Auction will end on Sunday, August 28, 2011 at exactly 11:59PM EST. I will contact you with details on how to complete the purchase.
And thank you for your support!