It's Been A Long Road
Over the past few weeks I've been asking everyone to vote for my article, “10 Things I Have Learned About Money” in the Free Money Finance March Madness competition. I'm sure most of you have gotten a little tired of it, but all the begging for votes has finally all paid off! At the end of the week last week I found out that I would be competing in the championship game.
Over the weekend I found myself in a tough championship match pitted against one of the sites that actually inspired me to start blogging, Gather Little By Little. The voting was a roller coaster affair, with me starting out in the lead, then @glblguy charging ahead to take over. I was behind for much of the match by anywhere from 5-10 votes.
Finally after midnight, the night before the competition ended I received a enough votes from my followers on twitter and friends on facebook to take the lead by 3 votes. Glblguy did get another vote early in the morning, but by that time the competition was closing down and I came out victorious by 2 votes. The final tally was 81-79. So close!
Thank You And Congratulations
I just wanted to take a moment to thank all of you for taking the time out of your day to vote for me in the competition, you really did make a difference. It was such a close, hard fought race!
My congratulations go to Larry for the great job he did, and for the $300 donation he was able to donate to his charity, the American Diabetes Association. It's also a very worthy cause, and one near and dear to Larry's heart.
Since my article won, FreeMoneyFinance.com made a donation of $500 to Second Harvest Heartland in my name. Second Harvest Heartland is a food bank that feeds thousands of needy families every year. $1 in donations actually helps to distribute $9 worth of groceries. So our $500 donation will help to distribute over $4500 worth of groceries! That quite an impact!
Second Harvest Heartland asked me to write a guest post about my experience in the competition, and talk about why I chose them as my charity. I wrote it up and you can now read it on Second Harvest's blog:
Thanks again to everyone that helped me to make it all the way through the competition, and if you haven't already, make a donation!
I look forward to meeting you all in the competition next year to defend my title!