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The Tomato Nation/ Contest: An Overview
March 30, 2011 – 5:51 PM | 42 Comments
The Tomato Nation/ Contest: An Overview

Newer readers may not know what’s going on with the annual contest here on Tomato Nation, so I’ve put together a brief overview so that everyone knows what’s going on, and starts getting psyched.
The contest …

Contest: Looking Ahead
December 7, 2009 – 2:53 PM | 45 Comments
Contest: Looking Ahead

The Atlantic City trip
For a variety of reasons, I’ve postponed this until early next year.   I’ll give you plenty of notice, but the tomato won’t head to AC until at least Martin Luther King …

Contest ’09: Deal
November 25, 2009 – 2:30 AM | 257 Comments

And awaaaaaay we go!
You can find the contest FAQ and the prizing page at the top righthand side, or by clicking these links; the baffled should click here for more information on Donors Choose and …

Contest: Fall Into The Gap
November 11, 2009 – 8:00 AM | 19 Comments

Daphra at Donors Choose sent out an email yesterday that contained the following festive coupon:
We would also like to pass along a cool offer to you and your supporters: a 30% off discount at any …

Contest: Behold The Prizing Phase
November 9, 2009 – 11:30 AM | 9 Comments

Hello there, friends.   The Great Amandsby and I have spent the last few days getting organized for the main prizing phase of our proceedings, and it looks like we’re just about ready to go …

Contest: Now What?
November 3, 2009 – 9:56 AM | 27 Comments
Contest: Now What?

First, we admire the crafty initiative of reader Deanna in dressing her own Miss Tomatohead up as a member of the nightshade family using only materials at hand.   Excellent use of green felt, young …

Contest: Dealt
November 1, 2009 – 12:06 AM | 29 Comments

$314,158.   1,120 donors.   51,507 students reached.
And it’s my mom’s birthday!   Aw.   Put your feet up, Nation; we’re done here.   (Until the giving cards arrive.)

Contest: Thanking HP
October 31, 2009 – 5:19 PM | 16 Comments

Would you like to thank HP for helping us to reach our goal?   So would I.   Candice recommends doing the following:

Our contact at HP suggests that readers contact CEO Mark Hurd via the …

Contest: The Halloween Heist
October 31, 2009 – 10:15 AM | 39 Comments

In previous years, when I’d tell someone our fundraising goal for October — at a cocktail party, say, or while arranging a match with $ and the Mysterians — that someone would always say something …

Contest: Welcome to Matchdome
October 30, 2009 – 8:41 AM | 93 Comments
Contest: Welcome to Matchdome

…Okay, proud Nation.   It’s the 30th.   $275,660 right now; 1,068 of you have given to 44,801 students in the last 30 days.
Others of you have given prizes; shared and forwarded and cheerled; watched …