When last I posted about the passing of my friend Joel Rosenberg, Hot Air readers reached out to offer their financial support to his family, especially after his activism on behalf of Second Amendment rights left them in a big hole with legal and court fees. Unfortunately, the web site that had the tip-jar information was hacked prior to Joel’s death, which no one knew until his wife began wondering where the donations were going. The hack didn’t occur on the PayPal side (it was on the website), which means that PayPal won’t indemnify Felicia for the losses.
If you donated through the site’s tip jar, please contact your bank or PayPal to retrieve the funds. Explain that the site was hacked and the money didn’t reach its intended recipient. Hopefully, your financial institution will claw back the funds (and perhaps prompt a further investigation). If you get your money back, you can send it to the Joel Rosenberg Memorial Fund at Wells Fargo:
At any Wells Fargo bank make a deposit to the JOEL ROSENBERG MEMORIAL FUND.
Send a check or money order here:
Wells Fargo Bank, NA
C/O The Joel Rosenberg Memorial Fund
330 Clydesdale Trail
Medina, MN 55340
Now, for better news. Joel’s family is currently holding an auction of much of Joel’s firearm and knife collection (keeping a few pieces for the family) at the Minnesota Carry Forum. It’s an impressive collection, and I have already bid on a few pieces myself. Feel free to join and to bid, although if you’re outside of Minnesota, you may want to check with your state to determine how to handle a private sale that crosses state lines. So far, after just two days, the collected bids as of now total over $11,000, which will go a long way toward helping Felicia bury the debt and move forward.
Also, the Minnesota Organization of Bloggers has announced a MOB Day at the Range benefit for Joel’s family on July 14th. If you’re in town, bring a minimum $20 dollar donation and join us for a celebration of Joel and a good time exercising our 2nd Amendment rights. The Burnsville Pistol Range is giving us a very generous rate to rent out a full bay of lanes, and we’ll have a few owners willing to share their pistols (only pistols in this bay) with those who currently do not own a firearm but are trained to use them. We’ll have a few range-safety officers on board to ensure a safe and good time for everyone! Mitch Berg has more at the link, including how to RSVP.