FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana’s NewsCenter) – After seeing the tragedy that happened Aurora, Colorado, a local YouTube sensation and radio DJ decides to auction off her special laptop.
Andrea Russett, YouTube sensation and Saturday afternoon DJ on HOT 107.9FM, says she was moved by the Colorado movie massacre, so she’s taking matters into her own hands to raise money for children who lost their parents in the shooting.
“I was watching the news about how there were so many people who lost their lives, and they were talking about this one person who lost their life who was a parent,” said Russett. “I can't even imagine losing a parent.”
So in ‘Andrea style,” she made a YouTube video explaining how she's auctioning off her MacBook Air laptop with the autographs of 16 musical artists, like One Direction, Rita Ora, and Stefano from American Idol to name a few, on E-Bay.
“I have this laptop I bring to every interview I do when I interview a celebrity. It filled up with signatures actually right when the horrible Colorado shooting happened,” she said. “So I thought, it's full might as well auction it off to somebody who could donate the money to the kids who lost a parent.”
Russett’s boss at HOT 107.9FM jumped right on board. “We gave Andrea a laptop in order to do her performance at the station then we gave her an office. So then we had this extra laptop and Andrea decided that it would be something that she would have signed over time and she wanted to offer it up,” said Phil Becker, General Manager of Oasis Radio Group. “We try to do different charity things. There’s really no benefit for us, it’s kind of just her thing.”
According to the bidding history, the laptop was posted on E-Bay Tuesday morning at 9:00, the bidding started at $785. By 3:00 Tuesday afternoon it shot up to $12,000. Russett and Becker planned the bidding to go on for 62 days, representing the 12 victims and 50 people who were injured during the massacre. However, E-Bay only allows bidding for ten days. Despite having to cut the bidding short, who knows how high it could go.
“We didn’t have a goal. I have no idea where the number could go,” said Becker. “If we could do $20,000 that has to be the most expensive laptop ever bought.”
But a laptop worth buying. “My mom and my dad are my life so this really made me think, if I was that kid I would be a mess. So maybe if we could go out and buy them toys or something just to brighten their day after such a devastating thing happened, it would help,” said Russett.
“I don’t think any of us can understand what they’re going through. I don’t think we can understand where they’re at in the grieving process. Sometimes something as small as money for a funeral service may be of benefit. However they can use the money is really up to them,” said Becker.
The highest bidder will not only receive the laptop, but Andrea will fly out and hand deliver the laptop herself. The bidding ends August 2. To bid on the laptop or watch Andrea Russett’s informational video, click on “Russett Laptop Auction” under News Links on our homepage.
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