HBO is exercising its philanthropy bone, helping to spread the word of the latest initiative from George R.R. Martin to help support two charities near and dear to him and his wife Parris McBride. The Prizeo website now has a fundraiser running with proceeds going to support the Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary and the Food Depot of Santa Fe, Martin’s hometown.
The initial $200,000 goal was quickly met and the goal increased to $500,000. As of Monday, June 30th, over $441,000 of the stretch goal had been raised—and the fundraiser doesn’t even end until late July. All those who donate are entered into a chance to win an exclusive prize: a trip for two to Santa Fe, New Mexico (from anywhere in the world), to meet George, have dinner with him, and join him in a helicopter flight to the Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary where you’ll get a chance to meet the dire wolf pack.
If you win this grand prize, you will also have plenty of time to discuss the show, A Song of Ice and Fire, direwolves, and basically anything you have ever wanted to ask George R.R. Martin. A minimum $10 donation will get you two chances to win, with larger donations gaining up to 20 total contest entries. On top of that, there are tons of other prizes to win for various amounts of donations.
The largest set donation amount of $20,000 grants donors a choice of two options: appearing in the next book (already claimed by 2 individuals), brunch with George, or meeting GRRM at Comic Con. To see a full list of donation amounts and prizes, visit the fundraiser page.