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Friday, December 29, 2006

Menu for Hope III, the FINAL total $60,925.12

Menuforhopelogo_3A final bit of good news to ring in the new year on a high note. Our Menu for Hope III announces the final tally today at $60,925.12. That's right dear friends, together we've raised over sixty thousand dollars!

If you're wondering how we came to that lofty number, let me explain it for you. On December 22, Menu for Hope closed our raffle at $58,256.70. That number fluctuated a bit in the following days, due to a few credit card processing issues, some of which have been subsequently corrected.

This morning, First Giving, the company that manages the donation for the current and all previous Menu for Hope campaigns, donated 1% of the total amount we raised this year to show their support. That brought the total to $58,925.70.

Then, a secret angel -who happens to be a good friend of mine- saw that we were edging ever so close to the $60K mark, so he donated $2,000 to put us over the top. His donation was accepted because he did not want to participate in the raffle -which has been closed to new donations since Dec 22.

So here we are, sixty thousand nine hundred twenty five dollars and twelve cents!!

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts,

--on behalf all the Menu for Hope organizers

Regional Hosts:
Sam Breach, Becks and Posh (US: West Coast)
Kalyn Denny, Kalyn's Kitchen (US: Central)
David Lebovitz, DavidLebovitz.com (Europe)
Adam Robert, The Amateur Gourmet (US: East Coast)
Helen Yee, Grab Your Fork (Asia Pacific/Australia/New Zealand)
Jasmine, Cardamom Addict (Canada)
Alder Yarrow, Vinography (Wine blog host)

Raffle Master:
Derrick Schneider, An Obsession with Food

Prize Tzars:
(Two very important people who will help ensure that the right prizes are sent to the corresponding lucky donors.)
Brett Emerson, In Praise of Sardines
Fatimeh Khatibloo, Gastronomie SF

Asia Pacific Media Contact:
Aun Koh, Chubby Hubby

The UN World Food Programme

And participating food bloggers everywhere.

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