Letter and drawing taken from Olivia Bouler's AOL artist profile, http://www.aolartists.com/profiles/olivia-bouler/

(The New York Times)  It is no news that the Gulf oil spill is doing a number on wildlife, but 11-year-old Olivia Bouler of Islip, N.Y., has decided to take action.  A lover of birds, she wrote to the National Audubon Society and offered her drawing skills in an effort to protect wildlife suffering from the spill.  Every person who donates to the Audubon Society in hopes of alleviating oil spill damages will receive one of Ms. Bouler’s drawings.  She has helped raise over $70,000 for the cause, giving over 150 original drawings and counting.  AOL has also supported her, donating $25,000 in her name and setting up a website to showcase her work and mission.  Ms. Bouler hopes to attend Cornell and eventually become an ornithologist.

(The Wall Street Journal)  Ebay’s 11th annual charity auction offered lunch with Berkshire Hathaway Inc. CEO Warren Buffet, and the winning bid totaled $2.6 million.  The money will aid the Glide Foundation, a nonprofit focused on eradicating poverty and serving the needy in San Francisco’s Tenderloin district.  Glide is also where Mr. Buffet’s late wife, Susan, volunteered, which is why he ultimately decided to volunteer his time for the cause.  Glide’s founder, Rev. Cecil Williams, is very appreciative of the donation, citing a decrease in donations and other struggles after the economic downturn.  “I’m very excited,” he said. “I think there is a groundswell talking [sic] place for people to be more concerned with nonprofit groups.”  Previous winners of the lunch with Mr. Buffet said the investment advice has proven useful.  This year’s winner wishes to remain anonymous.

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