Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Our First Fundraiser! Vacation, Anyone?

We took a step, in faith, and sent in the paperwork that will head to the country to be translated and reviewed.  We need $7,000 to cover the agency fees that will be due within seven days of our referral being accepted in country.

While we believe, and have already seen, that people will come alongside us to support us in any way they can without reward, we also believe that the need for fundraising is great, and gives us an opportunity to give back to those who support us.

So, here it is.  Our first fundraiser, and your vacation getaway!  6 nights in Pigeon Forge, TN! Just 10 minutes from everything in Pigeon Forge, yet far enough away that the only sound you'll hear is the whistle of the train at Dollywood!

3 Bedrooms, 4 Bathrooms, Game Room w/ Billiards, 6-Person Hot Tub, XBox Kinect, HDTVs, Full Kitchen!   
You Choose Your Dates! No Blackouts! Drawing on Valentine's Day!!!

Here's how to enter:
Just click on the ChipIn to enter online, or leave a comment if you'd like to mail in/hand deliver your entry, and I'll email you!

$10 = 3 entries
$20 = 8 entries
$50 = 20 entries
$100 = 50 entries
Each additional $100 = An additional 50 entries

The more you give, the better your chances of winning!  You can also get 1 entry per day for sharing on facebook or your blog, so post here when you share!  Donations received by February 13 will be entered in the giveaway, and we'll draw the winner on Valentine's Day!

For everyone who enters, the owners of the cabin are offering a 10% discount if you book a stay.  Just visit their VRBO Listing to book, and let them know you donated!

While I believe we will pass the $800 mark, I need to state that we are paying for the vacation from the proceeds.  If we do not raise more than $800 during this giveaway, we'll split the proceeds with the winner 50/50. This fundraiser is not tax-deductible, as we will personally receive all contributions and apply them to our agency fees.

57 comments:

  1. I'm a TN girl, so I'd love a trip to the mountains! I shared on FB and will donate shortly!

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    1. Thank you, Mary Leigh! We love going to TN, the mountains are beautiful!

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  2. We have vacationed at this cabin, and it was ABSOLUTELY WONDERFUL!!!! It is so relaxing. We went to Dollywood while we were there and my daughters said that Dollywood was more fun than Disney. This would be a great trip to win! I know I will be entering :)

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    1. We love Dollywood! There is definitely a trip to Dollywood in our daughter's future!

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  3. What a gorgeous place!! I do love the Smokies, and this is a wonderful idea - will be sending in entries soon (see your PM on the RR list - thanks)

    Susan in Ky
    Cousin to 2 from EE, who'd just love to visit the cabin!

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    1. Susan, I got your message, and sent my address to your email! Thank you for being so supportive, both in your posts, and with this fundraiser!

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  4. Shared on facebook!

    Cathy G.

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  5. Shared on facebook and I'm getting the word out!!
    Cindy Headen

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  6. Donated $100 and shared on Facebook. :)

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    1. Michelle, thank you for supporting us! I've added your entries to the giveaway!

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  7. You are so welcome! Thank you for opening your home and hearts to an orphan. I pray that one day we will be able to do so, too. :)

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    1. Michelle, that will be my prayer for you. Every family should be so blessed to have that opportunity!

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  8. Just donated $10, wish it was more!

    Sasha
    ferascha at gmail dot com

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    1. Sasha, we truly believe that God uses and multiplies any donation, and there is really no donation too small! Thank you for your support! I've added your entries!

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  9. Shared again! - Cathy G.

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  10. Just shared on Facebook. Trying to donate online but can't seem to get ChipIn to work. If I can't, I will send you the money.

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  11. Found the ChipIn button! Yay!

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    1. April, thank you so much! I'm glad you got the ChipIn to work! (I added your entries for donating and sharing!)

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  12. Shared on Facebook today 1.19.12 :)

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  13. shared again on facebook! Cathy G.

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  14. Hey, there-
    I hope you're feeling better. I noticed that you stated that if you receive less than $800 in the cabin give-away, you'll split the receipts with the winner, rather than offer the cabin for a week.

    If I am the winner, I do not want any of the receipts, or my money back, should the total be less than $800 - in other words, please keep all that you receive, if my name is drawn but the total is not enough to pay for a week at the cabin. Helping bring your little girl home is far more important than either a vacation or $$$ for me.

    Thanks-
    Susan in Ky
    Cousin to 2 from EE (who could just come up to Ky and visit me here instead of at the cabin, if this scenario plays out!)

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    1. Susan, you are such a selfless soul, truly. We believe this fundraiser is going to far surpass the $800 goal, if the donations and messages we've received just in the past two days are any indication! A friend of ours, who is also adopting, had that disclaimer on one of her fundraisers, and we thought it was a good disclaimer, so we tacked it on. Scott and I are just amazed at the outpouring of love and support, even when we can't share all we wish we could about our sweet girl. You are a very special woman, I hope you know that. :)

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  15. Shared on FB the other day and looks like one sweet friend from there has already donated. Yeah FB! -Susan in IA

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  16. Susan, thank you for sharing! I've added your entry! FB is great for quickly spreading the word!

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  17. I've been sharing every day! I plan to donate soon :)

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    1. Thank you, Kristen, for getting the word out! I've added your entries!

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  18. Shared on Facebook today!

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  19. Donated $20 and shared on facebook. God bless!

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  20. Shared on Facebook

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  21. Sharing on fb! Can you email an address to send a check?
    Thanks! And good luck!

    Jessica Rea
    Reaja4919@gmail.com

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  22. Donated and shared on Facebook. What a great prize! I know you will surpass your $800 minimum because you are already just about there! Joy and blessings in your journey.

    Rosemary

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    1. Rosemary, thank you for sharing and donating! We have passed $1100 now, so someone is getting a vacation!!!

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  23. We just donated! Hopefully it shows up soon. Congrats and we will be praying for you that all goes well and all goes quickly! :)

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    1. Thank you for the donation, and even more for the prayers! :)

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  24. Can you still enter the chance for the vacation with the donation?

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    1. Yes! The Vacation Giveaway is the top ChipIn, and the YMCA Membership is the second ChipIn! Both are running through February 13, and we'll draw the winners on Valentine's Day!

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    2. would like to mail in a donation.
      My email address is countrywoods@hotmail.com would like to do a fifty dollar donation, if you email me I will get the check out tomarrow.
      Laura A.

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  25. Just donated $10 and sharing on Facebook! Congrats to your family!

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  26. Shared on my FB wall again today, and invited about 20 of my friends to enter/share. Will try to donate again early next week. :)

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  27. Shared on facebook. Wish I could donate, just not enough money, but I do wish you well.

    jbafaith2001 at yahoo dot com

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  28. Just donated, and shared on Facebook! We serve a God who is MIGHTY to SAVE! God bless!!!

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  29. Chandres, I wish you, Scott, and all of your children, God's blessings on this incredible journey you are starting. What an example your family is to the rest of us, to be faithful and answer His calls. Jason and I donated and I will share with some family and friends on Facebook that I am sure will be touched by your story. Looking forward to meeting the newest member to the Pickett family!

    Libby

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    1. Libby, thank you for your sweet words. I cannot wait for you to meet her!

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  30. shared on facebook!

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  31. Just donated $20, will be praying for you and watching God stir hearts to fully fund you.
    God Bless

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