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NY Times Best-Selling Author Brenda Novak Gives Annual Mother's Day Gift of Hope to Diabetic Son and Others
Date:4/22/2009

HOLLYWOOD, Fla., April 22 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- For New York Times best-selling author and mother of five Brenda Novak, Mother's Day isn't about breakfast in bed or a special family gathering to celebrate her status as a mom. Instead, it's the culmination of a year's worth of planning, phone calls, seeking favors and just plain hard work. Novak's 5th Annual Online Auction for Diabetes Research (www.brendanovak.com) held each May is a labor of love for her son who has lived with the disease for most of his life. It is also a month-long online event featuring lunches, dinners and one-on-one meetings with celebrity authors, world-class getaway vacations and state-of-the-art gizmos and gadgets. This year, the Diabetes Research Institute is the sole beneficiary of the event.

This Herculean effort has grown from a one-person show, raising just over $33,000 in its first year with the hope of breaking the $300,000 mark this year. In all, Brenda's online auction effort has raised a grand total of more than $500,000 in its first four years.

"Each year of the auction brings new excitement. With the array of items we have this year, I'm looking forward to substantial interest and plenty of bidding," said Novak. "I'm particularly proud to have partnered with the Diabetes Research Institute, whose work helps inspire me to do what I can to help raise critical research dollars, especially in these most difficult times."

In the previous four years the auction has generated tremendous interest due in large part to the participation of some of the most famous and prolific authors in the country today. In 2008, the auction site saw hundreds of thousands of hits and thousands of visitors, and with this year's collection of prized offerings, even more are expected. Among the most exciting auction items available are lunch with international bestseller
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