At least a quarter of the $2.5 million that we raise each year is generated by special events. One event that is easy and fun to participate in is Foster Soles, an on-line auction of celebrity items conducted on eBay.com during National Foster Care Awareness Month. Because it is a virtual auction we encourage everyone to utilize social media links to promote the event. It is not only a chance to bid on some one-of-a-kind items, but more importantly, it gives us an opportunity to advocate for the children and youth we serve. It doesn’t cost anything to participate when we share items with our friends via Facebook, Twitter and e-mail, and provides a great benefit to Hillsides.