Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Announcing Blogathon 2014!

Initially, I was going to take a year off from the Blogathon. After all, I was supposed to have a newborn to care for. Instead, I am left with both loss and the fact that it is just not in my nature to sit idly by and do nothing. On more short notice this year than in years past, I am excited to announce that Blogathon 2014 will happen!

WHEN? Blogathon 2014 will kick off at 8:00 a.m. EST on November 22nd, 2014 and will come to a close at 8:00 a.m. EST on November 23rd, 2014.

WHO? This year, I am honored to be blogging for The Compassionate Friends. I highly encourage everyone to take a moment to read up on this incredible organization. It is an honor to fundraise for them this year.

The mission of The Compassionate Friends: When a child dies, at any age, the family suffers intense pain and may feel hopeless and isolated. The Compassionate Friends provides highly personal comfort, hope, and support to every family experiencing the death of a son or a daughter, a brother or a sister, or a grandchild, and helps others better assist the grieving family.

With over 660 chapters in all 50 states, including DC, Guam and Puerto Rico, The Compassionate Friends provide support in the face of loss. No matter if the loss is new, if it happened 50 years ago, if the child was an adult or a baby who never took it's first breath, The Compassionate Friends offer complimentary bereavement packets specific to your loss as well as support. They ensure that you will never walk alone.

HOW? I will be blogging once every 30 minutes for 24 hours straight to raise funds for The Compassionate Friends, Inc. As I blog, people can pledge donations, 100% of which go directly to this organization. You can donate using the widget in the top left corner. Donations will be accepted up until the very end of the Blogathon, but the earlier you donate, the more raffles you'll be eligible for!

PRIZES? Just as in years past, for every $5 you donate, you are eligible to win all of the wonderful prizes we have had donated. A complete list of prizes will be listed here. Prizes will continue to be added up until the start of the Blogathon. Prizes will be raffled off here throughout the Blogathon.

Feel free to check out this blog and learn more about us, the Blogathon and the charity we are blogging for this year. I'm always just an e-mail away with any questions you may have!

2014 Blogathon Prize List:

Raffle Numbers

For every $5 you donate, you're eligible to win all of these great raffles! I have assigned everyone raffle numbers as I will be using a random number generator to select the winners throughout the Blogathon! (You can still donate anytime throughout the Blogathon, you'll just be eligible for the raffles that still haven't been chosen yet at the time of your donation.) All winners will be notified by e-mail after the Blogathon so no worries, you don't have to pull an all-nighter with me!

George Poveromo 1-50
Erika Villalobos 51-52
The Edwards Family 53-62
The Mendoza Family 63-72
Erin Callis 73-74
Ruth Kryshuck 75-78
Lee Smath 79-98
Randalin Ellery 99-103
Caitlin Lennon 104-107
Ashley Seiden 108-109
Melanie Perkins 110-111
Jessika Soto 112-114
Ashley Lucante 115-116
Diance Reid 117-121
Mellisa Parris 122-124
Joe Snider 125-129
Tara Abbott 130-132
Francyne Kump 133-137
Ed Kump 138-142
Isabella Denaro 143-152
Jessica Zeitz 153-155
Eneri Lutin-Kristel 156-158
Katie Beck 159-164
Katrina Gemignani 165-169
Symantha Gruszczynski 170-179
Katherine Payne 180-181
Ashley Retzsch 182-186
Ashley Onsager 187-191
Britney Lombard 192-196
Leonora Bravo 197-197
Melanie Jacks 198-202
Rhian Lockard 203-212
Cindy Harari 213-222
Ashley Noonan 223-237
Krissy Tuck 238-239
Megan Bello 240-244
Joanne Cone 245-249
Meghan Hanrahan 250-259
Merideth Sipula 260-261
Samantha Kelley 262-271
Kerri McNichol 272-273
Ronald Gallacher 274-277
Ruth Velat 278-287
Alea Shroeder 288-290
Deborah Biggerstaff 291-297
Tricia Bracher 298-307
Denise Pratt 308-312
Sara Castro - 313-332
Melanie Kafka - 333-337
Carla Bertelle - 338-342
Jenna Edwards 343-352
Donna DeMaio 353-357
Lisa McParland 358-362
Lorin Rodman 363-367
Caz McDonnell 368-369
Emily Connor 370-374
Carol Hagens 375-379
Nicole Wolters - 380-382

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