T-Shirt Auction Raises Ten Thousand For Charity

by Jeremy Schoemaker on December 31, 2008 · 66 comments

Our auction for me to wear your company’s shirt at Affiliate Summit West 09 ended on Monday. The winning bid was $5,200.00. The winning bidder, Train Signal, emailed me and said they had allocated $10,000.00 for this and would like to donate the full amount.

So at Affiliate Summit west I will present a check to the Affiliate Marketers Give Back, who’s chosen charity is Fighting Breast Cancer, on behalf of Train Signal for the amount of 10,000.00!!!!

You rock Train Signal! If you use twitter give them a shoutout @trainsignal

Train Signal

I am glad we pulled this off and were able to raise a decent amount for charity. The auction could not have happened at a worse time. Almost every major affiliate/SEO/marketing company told me they would love to participate but everyone who could make a decision for that much money was on vacation for Christmas. Also the fact that the auction ended at 8am on a Monday morning… blah.

There was every reason for me not to do this auction and also every excuse for you guys not to participate. Between the holiday season… this (alleged) recession… you all had every excuse in the world not to but you choose to help us raise money for charity and for that I thank you!

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1 Missy Ward

Train Signal and ShoeMoney:

On behalf of Affiliate Marketers Give Back, I can’t thank you enough for all that you’ve done. The National Breast Cancer Foundation will be thrilled to receive such a generous contribution.

As a cause that is near and dear to my heart, I can’t be more pleased that you chose this effort to support.

I am eternally grateful.


2 Make money online with a 17 year old kid

Hello Missy,
I too believe that ShoeMoney has done a very good and generous job by providing support for this noble cause.
This great quality has taken Shoemoney to the top bloggers’ list on the internet. I cam to know about the site on Technorati.
ShoeMoney slowly I am becoming your fan. Your great posts are not letting me leave the blog. I have been reading the posts on this blog and its just my first visit. I am definitely going to be your next subscriber.


3 Internet Marketing Industry

I agree! Many of us have been affected by this disease in one way or another my great grandmother died of breast cancer and hearing of this contribution is great!….

Thanks Jeremy all who donated and without a doubt Train Signal!

4 Ben Pei

Its kinda heart warming to hear that the company is willing to fork out full sum even when they won the bid at a much lower price..

5 Shawn Collins

Great stuff Train Signal and Jeremy – excellent to see the support of the National Breast Cancer Foundation and now I’ll check out Train Signal, when I hadn’t heard of them previously.

6 Tushar

I think I speak for everyone when I say we all will.

7 Wesley

Holy shit, seems I was too conservative with my $4,000 estimate!

Congrats to the winner, I hope you get your money’s worth! (Which I’m sure you will)

8 Taris Janitens

I personally thought it was going up to 10k lol!!! But congrats to both the winner, and to Jeremy for raising so much money for such a noble cause!! Way to go!! :)

9 Tushar

Yea, some people made some really good bets.

One guy estimated $20,000 lol.

Maybe next year’s goal..?

10 TYCP Entertainment Magazine

I thought it was going to be higher myself, but it’s still something.

11 The Poker Jerk

Awesome, there is so much money on the web, we can just give it away!

12 Ben Pei

$4,000 is too little man… I am sure Jeremy has many supporters and 5 figures wouldn’t be a problem..

13 Free T Shirts

Holy Shirt! That is awesome.

14 Steven-Sanders

Wow! That’s awesome! A lot of money.

I’m not sure everyone is doing as bad in this supposed “recession” as we may think.

I’ve been getting more phone calls in the past couple of weeks for website designs than I have ever gotten in the past 2 years.

People have money and they’re spending it.

15 Steven-Sanders

Also might have something to do with it being the last day of the year. Give as much to charity as possible for tax benefits. :)

16 Tushar

I wonder if this will count for this tax returns?

17 Ben Pei

Wow skipped to 10 thousand dollars so quickly? My last impression was still at $2,500. But I bet that was a good investment by that advertiser..

18 Taris Janitens

That was the persons budget, and they decided to just donate it all anyways!! Great way to get some more publicity for sure!!!

19 ways to make money online

That is sweet how they doubled the auction. One of the best things is to be generous around the holiday seasons and continuing to be that way. If I had the money, I’d be tossing it out to people who need it too.

20 brad

it always puts a smile on my face, when people are able to give so much :)

21 Affiliate Showdown

That is extremely generous! Great Cause for the money as well!

22 da buck

They definitly deserve a shoutout for their generosity.

23 DebtBusters

Donating to a good charity is the best marketing your money can buy while at the same time help someone in need. A win win combination.

24 nqm

I’m very happy for this!

25 Pheak Tol

good use of the amount of money earned. saving the ta-ta’s

26 Dog Health

awesome, and good choice of charity

27 jtGraphic

This is an awesome testament to the generosity of people. I’m glad that you raised so much. Truly great work.

28 Zac Johnson

Nice, ended up going to a good company and cause!

29 Joe Tech

That’s generous and good PR, too. I tweeted it @joetech.

30 Tyler Cruz


31 License Plate Number Search

This is a great, if mindless way to raise money, and everybody wins. Somethines it’s the simple things, huh?

32 Iman Jalali

Thank you to everybody for the kind words. It’s a great cause and it’s important that companies/individuals give back.

Iman Jalali
Train Signal, Inc.

33 Tushar

Thanks to you and your company for supporting such a noble cause.

34 BusinessX

Thank you to Train Signal for being a leader. Also speaks well of Train Signal for giving the full $10,000 when you could have just done the $5,200.

35 Mark A.

Great job and great benefit!

36 PriceperHeadExpert

wow… I think events like these say a lot about the economy and the supposed recession.

I also find it surprising that there was someone, anyone in any company that is around to authorize that kind of spending.

Anyway, great to hear you got that kind of money for charity.

37 Taris Janitens

Theres definitely a recession – some markets just aren’t affected by it

38 Tushar

Thanks Train Signal and Shoemoney for giving back.

Also, very smart move on with-holding the $5000 so eBay doesn’t tax that as well.

39 Blogger Tips

How awesome is that !!!

40 Dick

Whatever the donated sum of money might be, the cause seems to be very noble for it is needed.

41 peter bordes

How wonderful is that bonus amount, and how unexpected is Train Sigal as the winner. I have never heard of them. Now many people will so good job Train Signal. love to know what happens business lead wise for them in our industry segment.

Congratulations Jeremy on an outstanding job!

Will you have to make train signal sounds as you walk the show with the shirt on?

42 screen

Wow, big props to train signal for essentially doubling what the would have needed to pay.

43 Mr. School Fundraising ideas

Where did you buy the shirts from? You know i could hook you up since I do custom T-shirts. Put a logo or a picture on it we can do it. You know how to reach me. With Reasonable prices and timely delivery we match up to local and global competitors.
Mr. Fundraiseing Ideas

44 Dick

DId they already donated the full amount to anyone?

45 Play Games Win Prizes

WOW, they got some big money to spend! :D


46 TYCP Entertainment Magazine

Nice going, Shoe!

47 Mr. School Fundraising Ideas

Nice way to give back. Also if you ever need any more help with any fundraising keep me in mind.

48 Penis Enlargement

I think you are thinking like sukrat, but I think you should cover the other side of the topic in the post too…

49 contentpig

Mr. Shoe,
Has Train Signal reported any type of significant traffic or lead generation, based on you wearing the shirt and more importantly from the post?

50 sanle

thank you

51 Portland window cleaning

I’m sure that $10,000 will help out alot of people.

Great work.

52 Steve @ Turbo Tax

That’s some serious cash. Very nice contest to raise money for charity.

53 Gutter Cleaning Guy

Will come back for more info later, nice post

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