"Be My Puddin'!" Challenge Fundraiser

For: Kathy Gregory
Organizer: Mad Lovers Cosplay
$5,500
of $5,000 goal.
Raised by 192 donors
100% Complete
This fundraiser is closed. Thank you for your support!

The Story

THE "BE MY PUDDIN'!" PAYOFF VIDEO IS HERE!

After months of planning and fundraising, a week of scripting and rehearsal, seven hours of prep and filming, 20 shaving-cream pies, 6 (yes, SIX!) gallons of pudding, 3 gallons of slime, and 2 days of editing and scoring, the "Be My Puddin'!" Fundraiser Payoff video is finally here!

Yes, this video is the big reward for all the contributors who generously gave moey so they could help decide who would be named "Loser" and therefore have 4 gallons of vanilla pudding poured on their head!

So who lost? Watch and fund out!

It's 8-and-a-half minutes of pure slapstick mayhem. And there's even a story (of sorts) to go with all that madcap hilarity! We had a blast filming this, think you'll enjoy it...and hope that the Stooges, the Marx Brothers, Blake Edwards, and Bozo T. Clown would smile in appreciation at this one.

Big thanks to our 1st AD (Matt), makeup artist extraordinaire (David Woodruff), and our wonderful DP (Ryan J. Anderson). We couldn't have made this video half as fun as it is without them.

Also, much thanks to Pastries by Edie, Leonard Lee and the folks at YouCaring.com, DefectiveGeeks.com, AlienCyborgs.com, Alysia Gray Painter at NBCLosAngeles.com, and every single one of you who donated, shared the news, and helped in any way. We are so eternally grateful and will never forget your efforts on our behalf!

And, certainly, a huge hug and much love is sent, along with this video, to our Aunt, whom this video is dedicated to: because laughter is the best medicine.

SILENT AUCTION UPDATE!

We are very proud to present the finished art of Mad Lovers Cosplay (see Photo Gallery, bottom right). Created by Dave Coutts specifically for a Silent Auction to benefit the "Carrying Kathy Through Cancer" Fund, this gorgeous, high-quality print will be signed by Mad Lovers Cosplay and sent to the winning bidder in their choice of the following sizes: 8x10", 11x17", 18X24".

Submit bids to us via email ([email protected]). Keep up with the auction's status via our Facebook page (www.Facebook.com/MadLoversCosplay). The auction will run until Friday, November 28th at 5pm PST. All proceeds from this auction will go to the Cause!

Thanks for looking and we look forward to your bids!

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$5,500!
Absolutely incredible, overwhelming, and inspiring.

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Please keep checking these pages as we'll soon be selling reproduction prints of the Silent Auction piece as well as Mad Lovers Cosplay merchandise- such as signed photos, shirts, mugs, posters, and much more! Portions of the proceeds from those sales will go to our Cause.

Thanks once again to all of you who contributed money, shared the link, helped with publicity, provided support and encouragement, and aided in our Cause! You've all made a huge difference in the life of someone we dearly love and therefore brought great happiness to us and our family while inspiring so many at the same time!

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"HARLEY TAKES THE CAKE!"
We reached our 3rd Stretch Goal, so Harley will take the cake (in the face)!

"JOKER'S SMILEX GREEN SLIME!"
We reached our 2nd Stretch Goal, so Harley and Joker will be rolling in the green (slime)!

"SUR-PIES!"**
We reached our 1st Stretch Goal, so "Sur-Pies!", Harley and Joker: 20 cream pies for ya'!

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WHAT'S THIS ALL ABOUT?

Our aunt, Kathy Gregory (see photo below) is experiencing the most difficult year of her life. A widow for over 30 years, her eldest of two sons died at age 33 in March. Shortly after, she was diagnosed with cancer for the third time in two years.


Inspired by the ALS Bucket challenge, we created our own challenge: and like that challenge, we need YOUto get involved!
  • The fundraiser is a contest that puts YOU in control of the fate of Joker and Harley Quinn!
  • Contributions count as Viewer’s Choice votes: each dollar is ONE vote. Contribute as much as you want, but the minimum contribution is $1.  (There are no refunds once you've contributed!)
  • YOU MUST INDICATE WHO YOU ARE VOTING FOR! Please leave a message with your contribution: Joker, Harley, or split votes!
  • The contestant who finishes with the most votes will be deemed the "Loser".
  • The Loser will be filmed taking the “Be My Puddin’ Challenge”: a 4-GALLON bucket of pudding poured on them. The Pudding Payoff video will be shared via this page, YouTube, our Facebook page, and Twitter!
  • To offset the “waste”, for every ounce of pudding used, we will contribute 2 ounces of food to the local homeless shelter!
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Q AND A!

Q.
Why are you doing this?
A. Obviously to raise money for our Aunt, to help feed the homeless in Los Angeles, and to raise awareness for both breast and female reproductive cancer.

Q. Why pudding?
A.Harley's nickname for Joker is "Puddin'": so it seemed appropriate!

Q. Why aren't we asking YOU to film a video (like the ALS Bucket Challenge)?
A. We figured a contest like this would be a good way to keep you involved- minus your forced humiliation. But in the end, everyone still gets to have a little fun and a few laughs!

Q. Plans for future fun fundraisers with Joker and Harley?
A. One bucket at a time, please. Let's see how this one goes.
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SUMMARY

What are you waiting for? Watch the video, click the "Donate Now" button, and aid someone in need! Cast your vote and help today! And remember...

WHOEVER LOSES...YOU WIN!

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*Due to the value of our costumes, during the Payoff video, the Loser will be wearing alternate Joker or Harley-themed attire such as a red tank top, purple muscle shirt, etc. Thanks!
**Trademark 2014 Primitivo Productions

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Joker and Harley Quinn are the Intellectual Property and Copyright of Warner Bros. & DC Comics. We do not claim to own these characters, nor are we profiting off of this video. All proceeds are going to charity as a medical fundraiser.

The Joker was created by Bob Kane, Jerry Robinson, and Bill Finger. Harley Quinn was created by Paul Dini and Bruce Timm.

We thank each and every one of these men and are eternally grateful for their creation of such wonderful characters.

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on May 24, 2015

Posted on May 24, 2015

As you know, our "Be My Puddin'!" Fundraising Campaign ended in late 2014.  Lito and I would like to thank you all again for your generous contribution.  We collected the funds donated and made out a check in the amount raised (minus fundraising site fees) to her name.  On Christmas Eve, at our traditional Christmas Eve family gathering- in which all of our Velasco family members gathered together -Lito and I took Kathy aside and not only presented her with the fundraising check, but also with a DVD of our videos as well as a professionally-made photo book wherein we collected photos, your comments, stills from the videos, behind-the-scene pics, and finally, some inspirational quotes.  

Kathy was incredibly moved and touched that so many people cared so much to help her out in her time of need.  We think she was a little embarrassed, and therefore it's difficult for her to reach out personally to each and every one of you.  

But she wanted us to be sure to let each and every one of you know just how important your contribution to her was.  This money gave her the peace of mind to know that when her most desperate hours arrive, she'll have help because of people like you.  

So, again, thank you so much for your support and contribution.  We really, really appreciated the outpouring of support we received.  

Sincerely, Lito and Jennifer Velasco

Posted on November 29, 2014

Posted on November 29, 2014

AN UPDATE FROM HARLEY QUINN!
I just wanted to write a note regarding the video that has been live for the past few days. For all those people expressing concern about my behavior during the initial pudding dump portion of the video - please do NOT be concerned and stop raking my beloved Mister J over the coals! He spent weeks trying to make sure I was prepared for the pudding dump in the event that I l
ost, which I did. He also tried to make sure I was completely ok with the situation just moments before we filmed the gag. (I sure was surprised since Mister J is rarely so tender!)

People have expressed concern about the fact that during the take, I had a moment of panic and attempted to clear my nose. Others have commented how stiff and uncomfortable I appeared throughout the pour.

Allow me to assure you: Mister J isn't to be blamed here. I panicked. That's on me, not him. I was stiff because the pudding was surprisingly cold. Instead of laughing, I lost my breath and froze.

But that was it. It was all a-ok! Seriously! He didn't put me up to ANYTHING. AT ALL. We had a LOT of fun doing the video, so please stop voicing your concerns over me to him! We like to play! We like to have fun! It's what us clowns do! Now please be nice to my Puddin' while we discuss sequel and 'retake/makeup take' plans!

After all, I owe it to my fans and my Puddin' to deliver the performance they deserve! Kisses, you mokes! - Harley

Posted on November 26, 2014

Posted on November 26, 2014

THE "BE MY PUDDIN'!" PAYOFF VIDEO IS HERE!
After months of planning and fundraising, a week of scripting and rehearsal, seven hours of prep and filming, 20 shaving-cream pies, 6 (yes, SIX) gallons of pudding, 3 gallons of slime, and 2 days of editing and scoring, the "Be My Puddin'!" Fundraiser Payoff video is finally here!

Yes, this video is the big reward for all the contributors who generously gave money so they could help decide who would be named "Loser" and therefore get 4 gallons of vanilla pudding poured on their head!

So who Lost? Watch and find out!

It's 8-and-a-half minutes of pure slapstick mayhem. And there's even a story (of sorts) to go with all that madcap hilarity! We had a blast filming this, think you'll enjoy it...and hope that the Stooges, the Marx Brothers, Blake Edwards, and Bozo T. Clown would smile in appreciation at this one.

Big thanks to our 1st AD (Matt), makeup artist extraordinaire (David Woodruff), and our wonderful DP (Ryan J. Anderson). We couldn't have made this video half as fun as it is without them.

Also, much thanks to Pastries by Edie, Leonard Lee and the folks at YouCaring.com, DefectiveGeeks.com, AlienCyborgs.com, Alysia Gray Painter at NBCLosAngeles.com, and every single one of you who donated, shared the news, and helped in any way. We are so eternally grateful and will never forget your efforts on our behalf!

And, certainly, a huge hug and much love is sent, along with this video, to our Aunt, whom this video is dedicated to: because laughter is the best medicine.

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