Re: [CR] Cirque and the Auction

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Date: Thu, 19 Feb 2009 09:46:34 -0600
From: Eric Burns <>
To: Wayne Bingham <>
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Subject: Re: [CR] Cirque and the Auction

Wayne Bingham wrote:
> First, I'd like to let everyone know that I have great respect and
> appreciation for the charitable work that John has done at the Cirque
> over the past years. His work, and the resulting contributions to
> worthy causes, is certainly admirable.
> I'd also like to reiterate that I like having an auction, especially
> one with a charitable focus, a part of the Cirque. Unfortunately,
> John's vision of what an "Official Cirque Auction" should be and mine
> differ significantly. Consequently, I felt that some change was
> appropriate. I did not make this decision lightly, and agonized over
> it for quite some time. I solicited and received extensive feedback
> from Cirque attendees, and the overwhelming majority of input
> reinforced my thinking. Since John's announcement, I have received
> positive input and pledges of support from quite a number of people.
> For that I am extremely grateful. I have already received a number of
> suggestions and recommendations, and plan to move forward with the
> help of the people who have committed to that.
> My sincere wish it that this issue not become a topic to be hashed out
> on the CR list. I will gratefully accept comments, suggestions,
> concerns, whatever, off-list, and will do my best to respond in kind.
> I truly wish John the best, and hope that he finds the appropriate
> event and venue for his charitable efforts.
> Thanks -

Hi Wayne,

Thanks for chipping in on this, but it might have been just a tad more helpful if you would actually list what changes you have made.

You have talked all around this without really saying much more than you are the big cheese and that your friends support you.

This leaves a lot of speculation for those of us who aren't your friends (we must not be as we weren't consulted.)

I'm not accusing you of this, but for example: You might be planning on skimming 75% off the top for your personal expenses, or maybe it's just one of those 'mine is bigger than yours' things.

If you really want to put this to rest, I believe that you must openly and honestly spell out those changes.

You owe at least that much to the list.

Thank you for your consideration,

Eric J. Burns
Streator, IL usa