January 29, 2009

ThirstRelief Mentor Auction 2009 Starts Tonight!!

Every night he brings me a glass of water before bed. He turns off all the lights, double checks the locks, takes Cooper out one more time… and brings me a glass of water before bed. It’s his way of taking care of me, of providing for me. Of loving me with his whole heart. And night after night….I take it for granted.

It ALSO just so happens to be his way of breaking my bad habits. You see, every night he USED to bring me a glass of milk before bed. He would turn off all the lights, double check the locks, take C-dawg out one more time, and bring me a glass of milk before bed. And every night, like clockwork, I would drink exactly half of that glass of milk and leave the rest on the nightstand….umm for DAYS!

And yes, dear blog world, I know just exactly and to what degree of how gross I truly am.

So now it’s water before bed. Day in and day out, it’s become part of the fabric of our lives. The dance that centers around the glass always being half full and always being able to have a glass of clean water just any old time I want it. Heck, even Cooper gets his water from the Brita filter. Cause you know, he says it tastes better. :)

And day after day….I’m sorry to say…we take it for granted.

Enter: ThirstRelief.

This amazing organization has provided clean drinking water to over 100,000 people in just the past three years. Their mission: to overcome death and disease resulting from the consumption of contaminated water by providing safe, clean drinking water to those in need around the world. And possibly, quite possibly, to give the rest of us a gentle reminder not to take all the incredible abundance that we have….for granted.

Every year ThirstRelief puts on their Mentor Auction for WPPI to raise money to provide that clean drinking water all over the world. And we are so honored that this is the second year that we’ve been asked to take part! We are so excited to help such an amazing organization!

So here’s the dealio:
The winning bid will receive an hour and a half mentoring session with not just one, but BOTH of us!! We come as a package deal, you see:) We can either meet up in Vegas or do the session over the phone if you can’t make it out this year.

IN ADDITION, the winner will ALSO receive:
Lunch on us if we meet up in Vegas
A spot to the Spread the Love of your choice!
Your own custom Portrait House “PH” shirt (think PHabulous, PHierce, etc)
Your very own Dwight bobble head!!
AND…..drumroll please….a headshot session with us on the Vegas Strip!! We’ll make you look HOT for that new website you’re launching or the update that you’ve been promising yourself you would do all year!! :)

The Info:
The auction opens TONIGHT at 6pm EST!!! You will need to go and register before you can start bidding. The auction will go until Sunday, Feb 1st when it will close at midnight! There are a TON of amazing mentors this year, so whether it is for us or someone else…just get to bidding! It’s for an awesome cause!

  1. Gwendolyn Tundermann

    Touching story. My hubby has a similar routine for the pups, locks, and my glass of water! : )

    We do take clean water for granted. Thank you for bringing awareness to this fabulous cause!

  2. Michelle Johnson

    Good luck with this Mary.

  3. Jamie Delaine

    That is SO cute. I love your writing Mary. I too, always have a glass of ice water before bed!! But I get it myself for now. Hah!

  4. jeramy

    so cool! you and j* are both doing this. i love it when people use their popularity for a greater good. excellent stuff!

  5. robert Norman

    now THAT is a cool package of goodies!!!!

  6. Christine

    Looks like my nightstand – I do the same thing and then wonder where all our glasses are! Are those crate & barrel, too?!

  7. Mary Marantz

    they ARE crate & barrel!! :)

  8. The Last Forty Percent Photography

    That was a great post – I really enjoyed reading it. I found your blog about a month ago and I’m so impressed. You do beautiful work and your website is fantastic. Great layout and love the colours. You really are so talented and I look forward to seeing more of what you have to come in 2009.

  9. Jen Olsen

    Thanks Mary for the comment! :) I would soooo love to have you as a mentor with all the extras, but alas, I feel like a starving college student who can barely feed her kids. :( Have a blast doing what you do so well!

  10. steve depino

    I smell big money on that package! I’m in the bidding :)

  11. BetsyPhoto

    I love this post. And your nightstand. Methinks that’s a Pottery Barn clock? :) I have one in black and one in nickel, and I’m still late sometimes!

  12. Mary Marantz

    good eye!! it is a pottery barn clock. I think I got it for J for Christmas one year…we’re kind of obsessed with clocks. at one point we had this wall that was just covered in them in this sort of funky pottery barn way.

  13. Joan Solitario

    Mary! I LOVED the story! Just like my Ryan :) He too gives me a glass of water before I sleep and I drink it all! So in the morning, I’m the first to wake up cause I’d need to use the restroom :-P! Hmm, now I know why he gives me the water! So I can wake up early and he can sleep in because he knows I’ll give him the extra 15 mins before I personally wake him up…. gee wiz… thank you for opening my eyes heheh lol..

  14. Leslie Roark

    I’m going to bid even though I know my budget is not going to get me time with any of the photogs I want! It’s worth it though! Congrats on being picked!! Hopefully we can meet up at WPPI even if it’s just to say hi. You two ROCK!

  15. elizabeth

    well said.. what a great post.. we do take alot of things for granted

  16. Tracy (Serendipity Images)

    What a great cause, I am going to check in out right now!

  17. Jen May

    Thanks for your comment, love your work!

  18. Eileen Broderick

    Mary–you have a gift for writing the most thoughtful, lovely posts. This is no exception. I hope the auction went spectacularly. Whoever wins will not only have "done good" but will be so lucky to learn from you both!

  19. Ginger Murray

    Catching up on your blog a bit.

    Um…. I have about 7 glasses on my nightstand…. half full of water. One time, I think I had up to, like, 14……? SUPER bad habit, haha! I’m getting better…

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