Saturday, September 30, 2006
I called Emmett on Friday night just to confirm exactly the best way to get to EMc2 from my hotel. He suggested that his friend Erin McDonnell, a jewelry designer could come by and pick us up and that we could all go together.
Sure enough Erin called in the morning and met us downstairs. She was lovely and if you have been to EMc2 you have seen her beautiful jewelry designs.
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I kinda like the episode Eric3000 saw better...
Kora: rants, raves, and sharks galore...
Raechel should be studying, instead she's back recapping again!
Capitol Hill Barbie knows how to rock the house, too...
Ed Hill at TVGasm has been having fun with these all season long...
Schnaufblog: "Come, lifelong endurance cage!"
Mags didn't have to throw her chair at the TV this week...
Elisa: wimpy, wussy, wambly judges...
Bad Girls: answers the call for more Laura snark...
Not one, but two conspiracy theories from Allison this week...
Thanks recappers! You make the week go by so much faster.
Friday, September 29, 2006
This link has video of Wendy Pepper on "The Most." Thanks Susan.
Here is an article in my hometown paper about this weekend's event with Kara Janx. My son Daniel and I are going. Who else?
Here are some more photos from Emmett's Sale: This is Dalin, Nick, Julia and Kathryn. Hi girls! It was fun meeting you!
Below is Dalin (Duckie) and Tim!
Speaking of Emmett, I received this note today:
Dear Blogging Project Runway:
We have been overwhelmed by the LOVE for Tim Gunn and have been packing up bobble heads and t shirts and shipping them out! (So much for the glamourous life of designing!)
The shipments are on the way so look for Tim Gunn in your mail box!
Also the REAL Tim Gunn is coming by this weekend and offered to sign more t- shirts and bobbleheads for those BeePeRs who missed out the first time.
If interested place your orders and specify if you want a signed t-shirt or bobble head in the comment field.
here is the link:
To order a Bobblehead or T-shirt
Can't wait to see you at our next event!
Last, from Chris, here is a link to a finale show critique from zoozoom. Spoiler Alert - you will see photos of several designs.
We wanted to be sure these were actually licensed designs and here is Robert's response:
Yes, they do sell checks with photos of Barbie that I have designed - and that is in fact one of them. I think there is a series of checks with pictures of the "Barbie Fashion Model Collection" which is designed exclusively by me.
There are MORE! Thanks Allison.
Next, BPR reader Chloe V interviewed Alison Kelly for her school paper. You can read Alison's answers here.
Also, it looks like Wendy Pepper will be on THE MOST with Alison Stewart TODAY at 3:00 on MSNBC. Should be fun!
Finally, here is a great article from Entertainment Weekly following up on several of our favorite designers. Thanks Celia.
It's time to get a Gravatar to show everyone who you want to win Season 3! Right click on the image of your choice. Then 'Save picture as' to save the image to your desktop; give it a name like 'TeamJeffrey' or 'TeamLaura' or 'TeamMichael' or 'TeamUli.' (For Mac users, click on the desired image and drag it to your desktop.) Then go Gravatar.com to upload your new icon.
Don't have an existing Gravatar account? Go to Gravatar.com to sign up! It's free, easy and tied to your email address; just remember that upper and lower case does matter to get your Gravatar to appear. Your new Gravatar is approved in a couple of days. The next time you comment, remember to include your email address in the provided space. Your email address won't show up in the comments but your Gravatar (once approved) will appear. This should be fun!
It's time! We're teaming up once again with our friends at Television Without Pity for the popular "Top 5 Looks Poll". Now that everyone has had a chance to see all of the designs and challenges this season, which 5 are your favorites?
Probably the easiest way to look at all of the dresses is to go to Bravo's Rate The Runway page where you can sort by episode. To keep everyone consistent, list your five favorites by number, designer(s) name(s) and challenge like this:
1 - Robert Best "Wall to Wall" challenge
2 - Michael Knight "Iconic Statement" challenge
3 - Angela/Laura/Michael "Macy's" challenge
4 - Uli Herzner "Dog" challenge
5 - Andy Cohen "Weekend In The Hamptons" challenge
(Well, that last one wouldn't count, but you get the idea...)
We'll tally the results and reveal your Top 5 picks in a special countdown leading up to the premiere of the Season 3 finale on October 11. Who from Season 3 will join Andrae Gonzalo as a Top 5 Looks champion?
Click here to see the auction for the pink shirt.
Click here to see the auction for the Goodie Bag. Thanks Angela and Ivona!
Click here to see the auction for the black shirt.
If you are interested in these items please place your bids because I actually have TWO of each. Two pink shirts, two black shirts and two goodie bags. (Second goodie bag is missing the program and the ticket - actually they were not part of the official goodie bag but they were in there so I included them....hope that makes sense....) The second item will be offered to the second-highest bidder. Good luck and thank you for supporting the BPR Scholarship Fund!
Thursday, September 28, 2006
Hi, I’m Tim Gunn and this is my podcast for episode 11.
In our last episode, Vincent and Angela were brought back. And if you recall they were brought back because they were the only two designers who had won challenges and then been eliminated before that episode. Keith would’ve been among them had he not been disqualified. But we had Vincent and Angela, and the only way that they could stay on was to win. And they didn’t win, so they left and our dear Kayne departed also. And Laura was the winner. Laura finally won a challenge and she earned it.
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Something fun from North Jersey. Thanks Valerie.
Here is link to FABULOUS photos of Jay McCarroll's collection. Notice the SHOES please....
For those who don't mind being spoiled...here are equally fabulous photos of the PR Finale Collections. Thanks for these links, Alden.
Angela has really been busy! Thanks Susan.
BPR hearts Maureen Ryan!
These are videos that I created using Getty Images of each collection coupled with the Project Runway theme composed by Harold Barefoot Sanders III. Each video shows the twelve garments in the correct order.
Also, after each video, we have included new photos from Sparklies.org that are large enough to show great detail.
Click here for HUGE pictures of each garment.
Click here for HUGE pictures of each garment.
Click here for HUGE pictures of each garment.
Click here for HUGE pictures of each garment.
Click on each designer to see images from the individual collections from New York Magazine and First View. You can also click on each image for a larger look or play a slideshow of each of the designers' garments.
ETA: ALL of the designers had twelve looks. One of Laura's wasn't included by New York Magazine. You can find it here. One of Jeffrey's wasn't included as well. You can find it here.
Do you know who Ninotchka Garcia de Castellanos is? The Manolo does!
Mark Harris at EW: what does the Sun-Maid raisin lady wear out on date night?
Uli has scrunchy face at Getting To Maybe...
Tiffany thought Michael was dunzo...
Amber: it's a hippy love fest!
It's a kinder, gentler Moi; this week....
Missed Bradley on last night's episode? Minxknits captured it.
Fritter does the twists...
Jayne thinks its better with a decoy...
The Lipstick Mystic thinks its better without a decoy...
Here is a very well written, insightful look into the life of Jeffrey Sebelia by John Albert in the LA Times Sunday Magazine. It's a must-read. (Note: you may need to register with LA Times to read this. It's worth it.) Thanks Suzanne.
CB Sports is trying to make a comeback and it looks like Season 1 designer Nora Caliguri is on board. Thanks Alyssa.
Newsday has a brief reveiw of last night's episode up. Thanks Christina.
They were handing out "Ugly Betty" compact mirrors at the Bryant Park tents. And now look: Jeffrey gets a mention in this New York Times review of the new series. Hmmmm.
Here's a cute AP story on Lessons to be learned on the "Runway'.
Attention Daniel Vosovic fans! There's a new interview in the Windy City Times. Thanks Valerie.
Uli, your designs have been consistently excellent all season. Very early, our readers predicted that you would be one of the finalists. We thought you "should have won" the Mom Challenge and the Couture Challenge in addition to the dog challenge.
You have many many fans here on BPR - Uli- we would love to hear from you!
Wednesday, September 27, 2006
All are welcome to the party, but please remember our commenting guidelines. Love them or hate them, we do ask that you respect them. Thanks!
Now then, who's joining us tonight?
This thread is for Tbone's exclusive use. All others can belly up to the Party Room bar above.
Hi, I’m Tim Gunn, and this is my podcast for Episode 10, which is our Black and White challenge.
So… last week in Paris we had an initial judging of the designers’ work by Catherine Malandrino. Then we returned to New York and had our full court press with the judges—Heidi, Nina, and Michael, and our guest judge Richard Tyler. Jeffrey won his second win in a row, so he’s tied with Michael in that regard. And Vincent was out.
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Did you mean to get Angela's Macy's outfit? Well, good thing you waited because now it's on sale! Thanks, Janet.
Visit Kora for descriptions of many of the vintage inspirations behind our favorite designers' collections.
Here is a Fashion Week article from South Florida's Sun-Sentinel. Ummmm... Florida - by the way - we could use some news about Uli here! Thanks Laura S.
Alison Kelly's new website is coming soon! Be sure to sign up for her e-mail list. Thanks Nathan. Nathan also wants to let us know that the site was designed by Boom Design Group. So if any of you are looking for a website designer (Hint to Laura, Uli and Michael) please check them out!
Here is a note from Diana Eng. I asked her who her favorite was!
Laura's was my favorite. She managed to add sparkle without making it look like a figure skating costume. They were elegant and sometimes a bit sassy.
Hope to see you next time you are in the city!
Believe me when I tell you I read BPR everyday. It is the definitive source for all things project runway. The links to articles, recaps, and related events are invaluable to me; and god knows the site is easier to navigate than BravoTV.com!
I never meant to dis BPR in any way. I fully appreciate the amount of work T-Bone, Scarlett and Laura do for the fans and designers of Project Runway. I only meant that I enjoy a little gossip and dishing from time to time and BPR is not the place for that.
I would like to extend T-Bone an apology for refering to him as "one of the girls." Though in some circles that is not considered a bad thing!
Thanks for watching, thanks for blogging, and feel free to dish it out. I can take it!
First, here is a great article from The Seattle Times today about guys watching Project Runway. There's more than you think! Thanks Karen.
Have you voted yet in our decoy poll? Now's the time to weigh in.
And finally, here's a hilarious interview with Laura Bennett from our friend Dennis Hensley at OutZoneTv.com that has a BPR mention. Dare I say it? We've become dowdy! Here's Laura:
And then I also read the girls from Blogging Project Runway, even though it’s gotten a little bit boring. It’s a little too sweet lately. You know, they don’t allow nasty comments and you know, that’s no fun. Come on, if you can’t dish. But I talk to one of the girls from them, just because of all the work they do over there. You have to.
Tuesday, September 26, 2006
On Thursday night September 28th from 6:00 - 9:00 pm the LA Project Runway designers from Season Two: Nick Verreos, Santino Rice and Andrae Gonzalo will be signing DVDs at Alpha Gear for Gents. The address is 8625 Melrose Avenue. Phone: 310 855 0775. Website. Please let us know if you can attend this great event. Of course we would love to have a Field Reporter! Thanks Darren!
Darling I am so happy. The auction went for 2,600 dollars it was an amazing event, and all of the proceeds go to such an amazing cause.
Congratulations Malan - that is an fabulous amount. I hope we will get a follow-up on what exactly the winning bidder's day with Malan is like!
Here is a link to our original post.
Here is an article from the NY Daily News about the Project Runway Fashion Show. MINOR SPOILER ALERT - If you click on it you will see one design from each contestant. Thanks Lele.
Kara Janx has sold over 5000 of her signature kimono dresses!
Kara is also mentioned here in Forbes.com. Congratulations, Kara!
Okay - please stop sending us links to the New York Magazine article. Thanks.
You want Michael news? None other than Michael's mother Pam sends along two items today. First, this article from the The Montgomery Advertiser features lots of Michael love.
Next is this auction of Michael's "Waste Not" challenge dress to benefit the Possible Woman Foundation International whose purpose is to "support the development of an educational scholarship program for women and girls who otherwise may not have the opportunity to pursue their academic goals." BPR HEARTS Pam (and her son, too)!
Look - Kate Beckinsale in a bubble dress!
I think we missed this exit interview with Kayne from The Oklahoman last week. Kayne, we're still waiting for our interview! Thanks Valerie.
Also, don't miss Katy's responses to your questions from her most recent BPR post. Thanks Katy!
We've been speculating about the decoy ever since the OFW photos appeared. Do the final collections or previews give us any hints? Is there are a decoy? What do you think? Click here to take our poll. (This time Uli's name is included...promise!)
Despite our best efforts, there is just no getting away from this story. More fuel has been added to the fire:
The Chicago Tribune passes on the rumors...
The New York Post thinks someone may be ejected...
The Boston Herald claims Season 3 as "the sleaziest so far"...
Meanwhile, Jeffrey has responded to BPR reader Erica at her MySpace site, posted yesterday in our comments:
"Hey!!! Thanks for the concern, but all I have to say is be careful of what you read and also of what is presented in the press. Those people take any information they get (usually unfounded rumors) and just print them in order to bolster their own readership with no regard to the person they might be slandering. They are just doing their job as bottom feeding, sludge dredging , no-life having journalists. Not all are like that. In fact a credible journalist might fact check and actually consult all parties before recklessly printing such an accusation. Beleive me, there have been other possible tabloid stories that could have been printed along they way, but those people thought about their responsibility and decided not to pollute people just for their sensationalism. As a reader, I would encourage you to write New York Magazine and ask them to clarify their sources, and challenge them to print the motivation for their actions. Maybe because I'm not a rich, pregnant social climber from New York...everything can be subjective."
Something doesn't smell right. Will we have to wait until October 18 to learn the truth?
Monday, September 25, 2006
Katie sends us this scan of a photo from People magazine. Thanks Katie!
Here is an article about Kara Janx in Columbus Alive. She also did a podcast. Thanks Nancy.
Attention Mississippi - Vincent Libretti has been added to the line-up (Angela Keslar, Daniel Franco and Kara Saun) of Project Runway designers who will be at the Mississippi's Best event. This is going to be FUN!!!
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The lucky BPR who won Angela's famous Rosette-bedecked pants from the Jet-setter episode has sent these photos and a little story:
I took a couple of not-so-good pics of Angela's "out"-fit. The belt is really pretty and my favorite part. While I was trying to arrange the pants, I found a crinkled gum wrapper [presumably hers!] in the pocket! I counted twenty rosettes on the pants alone. Thanks Meredith!
Here is a short blurb about Heidi - who is also in the October issue of Self magazine - from etonline. Thanks Wendie. And here, is a fun fashion article from My San Antonio. Thanks Wendie.
Here is the You tube version. Thanks Jordan.
And here is the aol version. Thanks Liz.
We also understand that there will be a NEW preview tomorrow on tv.com. We are on the lookout. Your fearless BPR team stands ready to serve!
"Is this one another boy?
Yes. We haven’t discussed a name yet, but apparently the Internet will take care of that. I often see it discussed. "
Certainly the BeePeR's have some fashionable suggestions, don't you?
New York Magazine also has two excellent Q&A's with Tim Gunn and Laura Bennett.
Looks like the students at Mills College in California are obsessed with Project Runway. Can you imagine? Thanks Karen.
We also have a Diana Eng update this morning. She's rolling out a set of cute origami dinner napkins called ORIGANIMALS at Realm Dekor.com. Thanks Valerie.
And don't forget the live chat with Tim Gunn this morning at the Washington Post. Send in your questions now!
Sunday, September 24, 2006
"Tim Gunn talks about the new shape of fashion and what to expect from here on in. Chair of Fashion Design at Parsons The New School for Design Tim Gunn will answer your questions about fashion's new architecture on Monday, Sept. 25, at 11 a.m. ET."
We had a great time earlier this year when Tim did one of these as several BPR readers had their questions answered. Although the focus of this chat is on the future of fashion, you can be sure there will be a few Project Runway questions thrown in. Click here to submit your questions early and let us know if Tim responds! Thanks Jeannie.
We asked for a table and were told that it was a "private party." Oh. Rats. You mean Blogging Project Runway isn't on the VIP list? Go figure.
Well, the next thing you know Vincent came along and he was really friendly and sweet. Honestly, he greeted us like friends and thanked us for everything we do. Next came Robert Best and his sister Teresa, who is a DOLL. Then Nick Verreos came outside and at one point Rob from season one (talking on his cell phone in a foreign language), Nick from season two and Robert from season three were all standing near one another. It was just a passing moment though and I didn't have my camera ready soon enough!
We also spotted Laura Bennett's husband and a couple of small well-dressed boys entering the restaurant.
There was a steady drizzle, not too bad, but a little annoying.
Meanwhile we lost Tbone. We waited and waited for him to return and we were even kind of afraid to leave. We tried calling, but there was no answer. Where in the heck was Tbone?
Click Here to continue reading part 4 of BPR's Big Adventure including photos of Malan, Marla and Raymundo!
While I don’t think it’s practical in the real world, I like the concept of using all the fabric for this challenge! It’s something that has got to be really difficult to do and I’m pretty sure none of the designers have ever done that before, so they all needed to be really creative and couldn’t fall back on something they’ve done in the past. Personally I thought there was going to be a lot more gathering, rouching, pleating, etc because those are all techniques that you could get away squeezing some excess fabric into. I hadn’t even thought about making a purse until I saw them working on them. I think that’s a pretty good idea to get rid of the extra fabric, although I’m glad they didn’t all go that way. I also liked that they defined the color palette for the challenge. By making everyone work in black and white, it really makes you focus on the design styling and silhouette and you can compare the dresses side-by-side more easily.
Angela (OUT, part deux): Okay, so I don’t know what everyone else thinks, but I kind of liked Angela’s shrug/bolero piece. I thought she took a big risk with it (and in their position, she and Vincent needed to take big risks) and while I don’t think it worked that well with the black dress, I thought the shrug was pretty cool. I could see it on a runway with some jeans and a fairly simple top. I think the contrast between easy/casual and over-the-top would be nice. Maybe I’m crazy? Who knows. It’s hard to see all the details in the photos of these black dresses, but the silhouette of Angela’s looks pretty nice and it seems to fit well. I think there might be a bit too much embellishment, but I like the little ruffles around the hem. I don’t like the arm cuff things very much, but they might have been an effort to use the excess fabric? Speaking of which, I didn’t like the way she stuffed the fabric in the purse, but my guess is that she ran out of time to actually make a purse with the scraps and this was a last ditch effort to follow the challenge rules?
Click here to continue reading Katy's take as she reviews all of the designs from "Black and White".
Saturday, September 23, 2006
First: This story came in several weeks ago, but it seemed a little "spoiler-ish" to report that Angela was at a craft fair while she was still appearing on Project Runway.
My aunt was recently in Asheville, NC at an upscale craft fair of sorts and who had a booth? None other than Angela Keslar and her husband. Of course it was very popular, but she actually met Angela and purchased something to send to my sister Lucy, who is a huge PR fan. The pic is attached - and of course, unsurprising!
Of course, true Fleurchon Afficionados know the difference between a "Rosette" and a "Fleurchon" and while we adore the ruffled wonder of the fleurchon we are completely charmed by the appearance of the "granny-circle-rosettes" in the Spring Collection of James Coviello. (Thank you Sophie.)
BPR's Jubilee Jumbles Award this week has to go to this pair of Rosette-bedecked Panties. Congratulations on your achievement Mr. Coviello.
Angela's influence is profound.
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ETA: In case you missed the distinction between the Fleurchon and the Rosette - there is a review here. Keep sending them!
Friday, September 22, 2006
Chloe Dao and her designs were featured at the grand opening of the new Robbins Bros. store in Houston. BPR Field Reporter bprfan was on hand and files this report:
Chloe hosted the grand opening of the Robbins Bros store and had a mini runway show for all her fans. Her dresses were gorgeous and she was really sweet!
Click here for more photos. Thanks bprfan!
Then, here is a great interview with Jeffrey Sebelia from the LA Times. Thank you Molly and Greg. BPR <3 Jeffrey and his mom Pam!
Next, here is an article about the crazy Project Runway blogging community. What? This isn't normal? Thanks Brenda.
The Bravo auctions are featuring Season Two designs. If you missed out last season - now is your chance! Thanks Mizzi!
So - the show is over.
The crowd began to file out but we were swimming against the current. Most people were heading up and out but we were headed down to the floor. Scarlett was fast! I I was pausing to ask everyone what they thought. "Uli, Uli, Uli." That was all I heard. Although Vincent said he liked Jeffrey. He said Jeffrey "had a beat." Vincent was very friendly, sweet and appreciative to all of us.
This is where the television crews were interviewing the "Project Runway celebrities." Throughout the day it seemed to me that Nick Verreos, Daniel Vosovic and Austin Scarlett were the most frequently interviewed.
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Once upon on a rainy New York morning........
But before I start that, let me say is was a great honor to be recognized in the crowd by T-Bone and asked to contribute to this Blog once again.
I was a Big Season 2 Fan, a Fan of the guys in 35D and of course a "Dan Fan". That is what brought me up to NYC in February and to the Tent early in the morning
to "greet" last season's top 3 and of course to wish Daniel, "Good Luck!"
This trip was kind of last minute, thinking the show would be in February again, I didn't really do a lot of planning. When I found out I was wrong, I got off work and jumped on a train to New York, to at least be there on the day of the show!
This year I arrived at the Tent at 8:00AM, not 5:30AM. It wasn't really raining yet. The first person I saw when I got to the Tent was Vincent, standing alone by the cross walk. I thought about going up to him, but I was not a fan, his constant usage of the phrase, "it really gets me off", just didn't do it for me. So I took a pic from the top of the stairs. Next, I saw and heard Malan, but he was with someone and on the phone, after he got off, I happily asked if I could take a pic. I wish he could have gone futher this season. I'm sure he would have added a lot to the season. It was sad to see him go. Next, I saw Chloe and Nick, but they were in the middle of a crowd, getting pictures taken.
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Thursday, September 21, 2006
And what about that "This year, we are not committed to a final three."??? What does that mean?
What are they designing? In the past, this has been an eveningwear challenge for a celebrity. Nancy O'Dell in season one and Iman in season two. Will this be a celebrity challenge too?
We are always on the lookout for additional preview videos. Let us know when you find them. Thanks!
About this time I noticed that Jeffrey's mom Pam was in front of us. I was thrilled to meet her since we love the moms. Pam I hope you are reading BPR because we adore your son.
Kaitlin was trying to tell me something. What was it? Nick and Chloe were in line beneath us. I thought Tbone was going to faint. Here is the photo of us all standing in the rain. I challenge anyone to find a photo of me where I am not smiling like this. I grinned myself a headache.
Now you know that Chloe and Nick are VIPs and probably could have gone around to the back and gotten right in but they CHOSE to be out front mingling with the fans. BPR hearts Nick and Chloe! Here is a link to Nick's blog where he gives BPR a shout-out!
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Even though there is no new episode this week, there is a new Tim's Take! Don't miss his answers to some of our most burning questions... Thanks Sophie.
Attention St. Louis - Santino is in town this Saturday! BPR field reporters, report for duty... Thanks Marie and Valerie.
The Washington Post has a great article up today on the increased popularity of sewing and a mention of PR's influence...Thanks Karen.
Here's a really cute auction going on at E-bay featuring incredibly life-like stuffed versions of Tim and Heidi....Thanks Shar.
The plan was for Kaitlin and I to arrive in NYC at about 5:00 PM and to meet Tbone and Tim Gunn at 7:00. Tbone planned to get in a little earlier and shoot some atmosphere photos at Bryant Park and maybe even get over to EMc2 before we arrived. At least that was the plan...
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... I wanted to tell you,I have volunteered for an organization called Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids for the last 6 years, well they are having an auction on sunday and guess who will be one of the auctioneers, me. I am auctioning off a consultation session with me, and some goodies from one of our favourite shows, guess? Here's a link to the site, please have a look. they do a lot of work with major celebs , I will be on that stage with cyndi lauper, alan cumming, julia roberts, etc. i never imagined that i would be up there with these amazing artists, but it's not about that it's about helping people get medication and health care that they need, etc. I wonder if any of you might be there, it is at the schubert alley on broadway.
Click here for the pre-auction (scroll down to item P-34) of Malan's donation. This is a worthy cause that I have personally supported as well. Please bid on this special opportunity.