CHARITY AUCTION RAISES
OVER $2,300 FOR CHARITY
LindaMac-L, the Internet's leading subscription e-mail lists dedicated to Paul and Linda
McCartney, held its first charity auction for 1999 and raised over $2,300 in a two day
Valentine charity auction dedicated to the memory of Linda McCartney. All proceeds
from the auction, held February 14 & 15, 1999, were donated to the Bristol Cancer Help
Centre, a breast cancer help and information organization in England endorsed by the
McCartney family. BACUP has launched a Memorial Appeal to appoint a Linda McCartney
Nurse who will enable the organization to help another 3,000 callers to their help line
each year. Please see http://www.cancerbacup.org.uk/index.html
for more information about BACUP
MACCA-L held its
first charity drive on June 18, 1997 to celebrate Paul McCartney's 55th birthday, by
collecting donations raising $780, which was donated to the UK's Bristol Cancer Help
Centre in honor of Sir Paul. MACCA-L's inaugural charity auction was held in
January, 1998, raising $315 for PETA. On April 27-29, 1998, a memorial charity
auction was held by MACCA-L, LindaMac-L and members of CompuServe's Beatles Forum.
This auction, which helped to channel member's shock and grief over the sudden death of
Lady Linda McCartney, raised $2,445 which was shared by Bristol Cancer Help Centre and
PETA. Another memorial auction held in conjunction with the HOT-L mail list, a mail
list for George Harrison, on November 1 & 2, 1998, raised over $2,500. All
proceeds from this auction were donated to People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals
(PETA), an animal rights organization the McCartneys supported avidly. In
1998, list members raised over $5,200, all of which was donated to charities known to be
supported by Sir Paul and Lady Linda. PETA's site can be found at: http://www.peta-online.org.
MACCA-L is owned and
moderated by Lynn Harvey and Cathy Munro. MACCA-L started as a e-mail list in 1995 but was
firmly established and more well known when it was taken over by Melody Clark in
1996. Starting in May 1997, Melody co-moderated with Cathy Munro until Melody left
the list in December of that year. MACCA-L, dedicated to Sir Paul, whose
catch-phrases are "All Paul All the Time" and "Paul Without
Guilt," was created in response to
increasing negativity toward Paul and his music on various Internet Beatles sites.
The purpose of MACCA-L is to provide a moderated forum for the discussion and celebration
of the music and life of Paul McCartney in a supportive and positive environment. A
list created by fans for fans, MACCA-L membership has grown steadily over the past three
years, and presently serves an average of 500 subscribers per year. A sibling list,
Linda Mac-L, was established on June 18, 1997 and is dedicated to the life and work of
Linda McCartney. Membership now numbers 200 subscribers, and popular topics include
Linda's Go Veggie campaigns, her photography, animal rights issues, and her performance
career alongside her husband in Wings.
- In the days following
Linda's death on April 17, 1998, both MACCA-L and LindaMac-L became central Internet sites
for the world-wide outpouring of tributes and condolences to Paul and his family.
CNN posted links to both lists on their website, and the LindaMac-L/MACCA-L Tribute Book
received email sympathy messages from around the world. The 178-page Tribute Book,
containing over 325 messages, was delivered to Paul's representatives in London as a gift
from the two lists. In addition, since April of 1998, the LindaMac-L page has been
ranked in the top 10 sites of the Vegetarian Web Ring, a network of World Wide Web
vegetarian sites, logging 1640 hits in the eight weeks following Linda's death. The
online tribute book can be found through links on both home pages.
Recognised as one of
the leading fan-created Paul McCartney sites on the Internet, MACCA-L was awarded the PC
World Magazine/Tipworld's Email List of the Day Award on April 15, 1998. The MACCA-L
homepage is a participating member of the Internet's Macca Web Ring and the Paul McCartney
Web Ring, and is also linked on the Compuserve Beatles Forum. In 1999, MACCA-L was
nominated as one of Laxton's Superb Beatles Sites for the best Paul McCartney site on the
Internet. MACCA-L and LindaMac-L were both given awards and designated a top 10
percent music site by Top Ten Music Sites Net. In addition to charity auctions,
MACCA-L sponsors other official annual activities including a Birthday Message Page for
Paul McCartney, and a Holiday Greeting page for Sir Paul and his family. The
homepage contains links to respected Beatles/Paul sites on the Internet, a Go Veggie for
Linda link, information on Linda McCartney's photography exhibits and books, and the
itinerary of performances of Sir Paul's classical work, Standing Stone. The
homepage also provides a recommended reading list for resources on The Beatles and their
solo careers, as well as a link providing translations of emails from English into eight
different languages. MACCA-L also operates the OPC Store, which offers numerous
books, videos and other products associated with Sir Paul and The Beatles, established in
agreement with amazon.com.
Representatives from MACCA-L and LindaMac-L have covered major events associated with Paul
and Linda, including the Paul's VH1 Town Hall Meeting to promote Flaming Pie, the
world and North American premieres of Standing Stone, Paul's historic autograph
session at London's HMV record store, and UK and US exhibits of Linda's photographs.
MACCA-L and LindaMac-L will have list members attending the debut of Paul's artwork at
Kunstforum Lÿz, Siegen, Germany, May 1 to July 25, 1999.
regarding subscriptions to MACCA-L and/or Linda Mac-L, please e-mail Cathy Munro at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please direct all media
requests to Andrea Coyle at email@example.com,
Lynn Harvey at firstname.lastname@example.org or Cathy
Munro at email@example.com.