This year, we have lost some of the great men and women of our time. The death of Glenn Fey, Harper Lee, Prince, David Bowie, and Merle Haggard (to name a few) hit us all hard. These literary and musical influencers shaped and expressed generations. Indeed, there is no denying the power of the written and spoken word.

At Charity Fundraising, we always speak to the charity auction items that have a “priceless value.” There are things in this life that cannot be bought; only remembered – things that cannot be priced; only prized.

Whether it was the musical poets who internalized the angst of the time like Glenn Fey and Don Henley’s worldwide sensation “Hotel California,” or Harper Lee’s book that decried prejudice, it is through the lives and work of these heralds that spoke to and for the hearts of the people of their time. Through them, their audience could see their circumstances more clearly and express themselves more deeply.

These influencers cannot be contained in their work or in memorabilia, but they can be remembered for the impact they have had on our lives and the lives of others. That is why we love providing autographed memorabilia for charities – we get to further the impact and celebrate the lives of the great men and women of our time, while furthering the impact of charities and their cause. Though an autographed sheet music of “Hotel California” or an autographed guitar is just a material object, weight of what memorabilia stands for is overwhelming. It stands for the work of our heroes and what they believed in. Through the Eagles, we hold on to the belief that Rock ‘n’ Roll will keep us forever introspective, forever passionate, forever young; As band member Don Henley put it, “We built something that has lasted longer than anyone could have dreamed.”