The charity was created by Brad Meltzer as a result of research into the life of Siegel for his new novel, The Book Of Lies, that uncovered just how badly that historic house had fallen into disrepair:
The house where Google was created is saved. The farm where Hewlett Packard was founded is preserved. And Richard Nixon's house is a museum. But the house where Superman - one of the world's most recognized heroes - was created? It's a wreck. It's actually a great old house — painted bright red and blue (really) — and owned by one of the kindest elderly couples in the world. But as the neighborhood sank, so did the house. When you walk inside, you feel like your foot might go through the floor. The roof is flawed. The paint is a mess. When you look up at the ceiling, you see the exposed rafters overhead. It's a mess. Worst of all, the city of Cleveland let it happen. As the owner told me, "They won't even give us a plaque. Not even a plaque to say, ‘This is where Superman was created.'" Exactly. Just heartbreaking.
Joanne Siegel told Meltzer that before Jerry Siegel died, he signed six Superman t-shirts that no one ever knew existed — and then told her that if their family ever needed money, she should sell the shirts. Instead, she donated one of them to be auctioned off here. The signature is on a Superman: Quest For Peace(!) t-shirt. C'mon, baby, it's Jerry Siegel on a Quest for Peace shirt!You can find out more about the auction here, with the main site explaining the goals of the society here.