by David Trott

How would you like to take a vacation, stay in a luxury condominium, and help the American Council of the Blind raise money at the same time?

ACB is giving you the opportunity to bid on the time share we have in Mexico. The length of your stay in the condo will be seven days. The minimum bid will be $600. (At last check, the bidding was at $675 and rising.) The company that handles the time share is the Krystal Cancun International Travel Club. The condo has a bedroom, two baths, living and dining area, as well as kitchen facilities. The living area contains a sleeper sofa. You will have access to the hotel facilities including dining areas, pools, and more.

There are three different locations to choose from: Puerto Vallarta, Cancun, and Ixtapa. The facility with the most amenities appears to be the Cancun location, which serves continental breakfast daily.

In addition, the winner will receive coupons for a discounted stay in the luxury hotel for up to seven additional days. Check-in day must be on a Friday.

You may place your bids by mail to Attention: Auction, ACB, 1155 15th Street NW, Suite 1004, Washington, DC 20005. Your bids to the national office must be postmarked no later than June 20, 2005. You may also submit bids by e-mail to [email protected]. The bids will be taken on a first-received basis and will be posted to the leadership and ACB-L listserv as well as on the ACB phone line.

The auction will end at the national convention on Wednesday, July 6 at 11:59 p.m., and the winner will be announced on Thursday, July 7. The winner will be responsible for all transportation, food, and any additional expenses. This vacation is good for any time during the year except Christmas week and New Year's week. The American Council of the Blind reserves the right to award this prize to the next highest bidder if payment is not received by the end of the 30th day after the prize is awarded.

This is an exciting new venture for the American Council of the Blind and we hope that it will be equally exciting for you. For additional information, you may contact me by e-mail at [email protected] or by phone at (256) 480-1222.

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