How it Began
Through a random conversation about poverty and food insecurity with actress Keegan Connor Tracy (Bates Motel, Once Upon a Time) at a local convention, the idea was planted when she offered to sign a couple of autographs to fund a dinner party for a class of students in one of our local, inner city schools. While the offer to buy pizza for the students was generous, we knew the concept could be taken to the next level, and the idea of Signing Away Hunger was born.
Our goal is to collect autographs from celebrities of all forms, auction them off and have the proceeds go to supporting students who live and attend school in our inner city communities.
We know first hand students perform better when they're not hungry, and for way too many of our students, the only meals they get some days are the ones which the school provides. While we can't fix everything in these kids lives, we can help them gain more access to food for when they are not at school.
Gregg Nowling is a high school librarian and part time real estate broker in Indianapolis Indiana. He works for his alma-mater, Arsenal Technical High School, which has a 65% Free/Reduced Lunch Rate. He is also the proud parent of six children, married to his high school sweetheart and a life long autograph collector.
"The first autograph I ever received was when I was four or five, and it was a napkin signed by former University of Louisville head basketball coach, Denny Crum. My parents brought it home from some dinner where they met him. From that point on I was totally hooked. I love collecting autographs, meeting the people and displaying them. It's my single greatest passion as a hobby. When it hit me I could take that passion and help feed my students, it was like Doc Brown discovering the Flux Capacitor. I know....heavy."
Amy England lives in Indianapolis, Indiana with her amazing husband Jeremy, their beautiful daughter Samantha, Calico Callie and 13 tropical fish. She currently works as Marketing/Social Media Manager and Vintage Instrument Appraiser at her family business Arthur's Music Store in Fountain Square.
"I began gathering autographs seriously when I started attending the NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) trade shows in the early 1990's. As a fan of rock-n-roll, the NAMM show in Los Angeles was the most epic place on the planet. To be in the same STATE with musicians like Gene Simmons, Ace Frehley, Lita Ford, Slash and George Lynch was a dream come true, much less actually speaking to them and getting their autographs! In those moments in time, I became my own hero. Every autograph collected was/is a physical connection to the celebrity signing. Signing Away Hunger allows people to feel their favorite celebrity connection and help kids in the US who need food."