Celebrated "Game of Thrones" author George R.R. Martin is harnessing the massive popularity of his books and hit TV drama to help out two charities close to his heart.
"I've always been fond of wolves...direwolves in Westeros, and real wolves in the real world," writes Martin. "US wolf populations hit critical lows during the twentieth century, and finding a way for humans to co-exist with this majestic creatures is an important part of the conservation movement."
Besides supporting the Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary, your donation will also help fund The Food Depot, a local charity in New Mexico that provides food to 135 not-for-profit agencies including "food pantries, meal programs, homeless shelters, youth programs, senior centers, homes for the mentally disabled and shelters for battered persons."
Like other recent celebrity fundraisers, this one comes with some additional perks for those willing to fork over more than just the $10 minimum entry. Examples include a signed "Game of Thrones" cookbook for $600, a handwritten thank you note for $1,200, a personal breakfast for $15,000 and then one other amazing opportunity for the price of $20,000.
"At this level, you'll get the incredibly exclusive opportunity to have George name a character after you in a future A Song of Ice and Fire novel. There is one male character and one female character available. You can choose your character's station in the world (lordling, knight, peasant, whore, lady, maester, septon, anything) and you will certainly meet a grisly death!"
As grisly deaths and "Game of Thrones" go hand-in-hand one should consider an honor worth paying for.
To donate and possibly win a great time with George R.R. Martin, jump here. Only hours into the 60-day campaign, it looks like he's easily going to crush his set goal of $200,000.