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Red Ops: Choose our 10th community!
May 8, 2012 – 4:06 PM | One Comment
Red Ops: Choose our 10th community!

It's time to choose the tenth and final community we drop a bazillion dimes on during the contest. The poll is below, and includes a few entries from the original poll, plus some write-in candidates. …

Red Ops: The Tomato Nation / Donors Choose Spring 2012 Contest
May 7, 2012 – 7:58 AM | 14 Comments
Red Ops: The Tomato Nation / Donors Choose Spring 2012 Contest

10 cities. 2 weeks. 1 mighty Nation. Wheels up May 21.

The Tomato Nation Fall Classic II: Cruz-ing
October 25, 2011 – 11:03 AM | 6 Comments
The Tomato Nation Fall Classic II: Cruz-ing

The TN Fall Classic II still needs your help! As of this writing, we've done a good bit — $1,001 — but we've still got 4K to go. Japan really got put through it this …

The Tomato Nation Fall Classic II: Ham Fighters
October 16, 2011 – 12:05 PM | 7 Comments
The Tomato Nation Fall Classic II: Ham Fighters

Last year at this time, we raised money for an organization called Pitch In For Baseball. You can read more about them here, but PI4B collects and delivers baseball equipment and uniforms for and to …

Save The Day Shirt Sale!
September 15, 2011 – 7:46 AM | 4 Comments
Save The Day Shirt Sale!

Save The Day shirts — now on sale! If you wanted one in the springtime but didn't win one, or didn't know they even existed and now want to fly the contest colors, or whatever, …

Big Country Little Car Tour II, Day 5: Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN
July 30, 2011 – 10:49 AM | 8 Comments
Big Country Little Car Tour II, Day 5: Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN

As I write about Friday, it's actually Saturday, and Pop-Up Chapel is underway back in NYC. I'm so thrilled and impressed; congratulations all, big and small. Go to Merchants' Gate in Columbus Circle to feel …

Day Saved: Prizes Ahoy
May 31, 2011 – 9:00 AM | 6 Comments
Day Saved: Prizes Ahoy

updated 31 May
I still have not heard from about half the winners. I will send the prize list one more time later today; you will have until Friday, 3 June to send me your preferred …

The Contest 2011: Prizing
May 6, 2011 – 10:40 AM | 6 Comments
The Contest 2011: Prizing

The Tomato Nation Contest isn't just about raising a big heap o' money for public schools and feeling the warming glow of good deeds, ohhhh no. It's also about loot — lots and lots of …

Day Saved: Thanks, Giving Pages!
May 3, 2011 – 5:44 PM | 7 Comments
Day Saved: Thanks, Giving Pages!

I'm excited to announce that all Giving Page jefes who raised money for the Save The Day leaderboard will receive a $10 DonorsChoose.org gift code! If you produced even a buck for the Red Planet, …

Day Saved: What's Next?
May 2, 2011 – 12:09 PM | 5 Comments
Day Saved: What's Next?

Once again: $154,136. 1,374 donors. 138,709 students reached. Consider that tall building leapt.
Next up, of course, is the prizing phase. That takes a few days to set up for, so stay tuned to the homepage …