Woot Now! It's our fave time of the holiday season: the annual Mercury Online Charity Auction begins tomorrow (Wednesday) afternoon! Check in after 3 pm (or watch Blogtown for the kickoff announcement) and get ready to bid big for OVER 70 FUNTASTIC PACKAGES that will make the perfect gift for your shmoopy-woopy this season (or for yourself—because you're a shmoopy-woopy, too, right?).
And just check out some of the awesomeness we have lined up for you this year:

• SXSW passes for two—and a free plane ride to get there!
• A guitar lesson from The Decemberists' Chris Funk!
• The film script for Twilight, autographed by screenplay author, Melissa Rosenberg!
• Passes to next year's HUMP!, along with dinner with Dan Savage!
• A guided tour through Enchanted Forest with creator Roger Tofte!
• Go bowling (!) with Steve Novick!
• Plus movies for a year, lots of food, hot 'n' sexy clothing, books, theater, comic book/gaming stuff, and tons more!

Even better, all the proceeds from the Mercury Online Charity Auction goes to Outside In, who's helping Portland by helping homeless teens and disadvantaged adults.

So get ready to bid big, and have big excitement with the Mercury Online Charity Auction starting tomorrow afternoon! BEING GENEROUS HAS NEVER BEEN SO FUN!

  • Photo: Tim Gunther