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    A Great Race for Charity


    “The Great Race,” is a classic 1964 movie starring Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon. The comedy has the  two dueling speedsters crossing paths in a classic car race. The feel of the “The Great Race” was recently recreated in the virtual world of Second Life (SL) to raise funds for the nonprofit called Project Jason.


    The race was organized by the Justice League Unlimited (JLU) of SL with the “City of Steeltopia.” Steeltopia’s land manager is SL resident SteelCobra Calamari. He described “Steeltopia” as a fantasy land that is a mixture of Victorian/Dark-Victorian created with technology from the late 18th to early 20th century, heavy with a “steampunk” focus. The region proved to be an excellent backdrop for the unique cars that were entered to race for charity.


    Second Life resident Ronnie Rhode shared how Second Life fundraising was important for groups like Project Jason. “For such a small organization, a little can make a really huge difference! Where SL really has impact for us is the amount of awareness it can raise for the cause; so many more people learn about the individuals and the problem overall.”


    Project Jason focuses on helping to find missing persons, raise awareness with others and provides support to families who have missing loved ones. Project Jason offers an unparalleled amount of services for families of the missing. “Many people who run across this organization think it must be run by a sizable team because of how much Project Jason accomplishes. Few realize they are not funded enough for even the founder to serve Project Jason full time -- most work is done by President Kelly Jolkowski in the hours not spent at her full-time job” added Ronnie.


    “In my nearly two years as a volunteer, I have been impressed by Project Jason's creativity. They are always thinking of ways to support families of the missing in ways no one has ever thought of before. I have been just as impressed with the high ethical standard to which Kelly holds herself and Project Jason volunteers. I have seen many times examples of both integrity and discretion.”


    SteelCobra Calamari expressed his pleasure supporting the cause “Always wanted to help host an event that would have some kind of connection to real-life. It is a wonderful mission. I saw their video on the webpage (http://video.yahoo.com/watch/5609428/14723375); very just cause.”



    Ronnie shared how Project Jason can provide unique services to families. “Kelly is probably the most knowledgeable person in this cause when it comes to wide and deep knowledge. Partly due to her extensive training and partly due to her astuteness, she is familiar with the legal, emotional, procedural and tactical elements associated with missing persons of all ages. And of course, as the mother of a missing son, she understands that aspect as well.”


    The race concluded with Second Life resident VelesJaeger Munster crossing the finish line first. The contestants then gathered for a car show and a concert. Many of the vehicles made for the race had historical influences. The after party soon evolved into a pie fight; fitting as the 1964 movie is famed for biggest pie fight in cinema history.


    Funds raised from the event by the Justice League Unlimited and Steeltopia will help the organization disseminate missing persons posters and support “Project Jason: Keys to Healing Families” retreat (for more information on the retreat work: http://projectjason.org/forums/index.php?topic=6504.0).


    The Daily Planet SL: http://www.kryptonradio.com/
    To learn more about Project Jason visit: http://projectjason.org
    The Garden for the Missing in Second Life: http://slurl.com/secondlife/Remora/204/149/21
    Project Jason in Second Life: http://slurl.com/secondlife/Aloft%20Nonprofit%20Commons/237/24/26

    Steeltopia in Second Life: http://slurl.com/secondlife/Steeltopia/128/128/2

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