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Advance My Community Contest Results

By HEATHER MERGLER
Advance Title and Settlement
April 18, 2014 3:30 pm

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Greetings to all and on behalf of Advanced Title and the “Advance Your Community Campaign” I am reporting our results and following up on the overall success of the campaign.

Advanced Title in conjunction with the opening of their location in Manassas launched a campaign to give back to local not-for-profits that operate in our community. Our goal was to celebrate our grand opening and at the same time launch a campaign to give back to those that are making a difference locally.

We included 15 local not for profits that were designed to make an impact in different areas including, Anne Clark Dollard Memorial Foundation, Blue Ridge Assistance Dogs, Boys and Girls Club, Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE), Leadership Prince William, Manassas City School Education Foundation, Coalition of 100 Black Women, Serving Our Willing Warriors, Project Infusion, Special Olympics, Volunteer Prince William, Voice for Justice, Workhouse Arts Center, and finally Write By the Rails.

The campaign kicked off with a voting period that incorporated the base of each group voting for a percentage of the overall funds that would be raised. All groups jumped in with zeal and literally crashed the website in an effort to tally up votes. It was great to see such enthusiasm and dedication to the voting process and it is clear that the organizations have a very loyal base that want to make a difference.

The campaign was launched and we originally scheduled to sunset on Nov. 4, 2013 but we extended the date to March 31, 2014 to try to raise additional funds. The total that we have raised is $2,000 and although we were hoping to take advantage of a busier spring market to increase the total funds, we have still faced a very dramatic downturn in real estate.

In addition to the funds raised, PotomacLocal.com has agreed to donate 30 consecutive days of complimentary banner advertising on the website’s sidebar to each of the non-profit organizations who participated in the event. The offer amounts to a $300 value to each of the organizations involved.

To take advantage of the complimentary advertising offer, a authorized representative from each organization must claim their advertisement no later than May 31, 2014. Please contact Potomac Local News Publisher Uriah Kiser for details.

I appreciate the efforts of every single person that was here to help launch the event, the efforts of all individuals that voted and the efforts of the organizations to get the word out overall. I specifically want to thank Uriah Kiser for being such a gracious partner and the efforts of Glenn Vickers from Leadership Prince William to help orchestrate the overall campaign. Funds for the groups will be available after March 31st, 2014 and I will reach out to each organization personally.

Thank you to everyone again for your participation. The results were not as dramatic as I had hoped but we were literally facing an unexpected dramatic downturn in the real estate market that unfortunately directly affected this campaign. As in life, the key is to put one foot in front of the other and move forward and make a difference. I was honored to serve all of the organizations and I thank you all so much for your assistance.

And the results are… 

  1st Half Votes 2nd Half Votes Total Votes Percentage of Total Vote Total Prize
Write By the Rails 5,850 128,461 134,311 46.43 $928.60
Special Olympics 4,170 98,006 102,176 35.32 $706.40
Ann Clark Dillard Memorial Foundation 2,639 22,550 25,189 8.71 $174.20
Workhouse Arts Center 281 6,506 6,787 2.35 $47
VOICE Northern Virginia 1,269 4,184 5,453 1.89 $37.80
Blue Ridge Assistance Dogs 3,476 919 4,395 1.52 $30.40
Volunteer Prince William  463 3,175 3,638 1.26 $25.20
Leadership Prince William  219 3,208 3,427 1.18 $23.59
Serving Our Willing Warriors  2,243 528 2,771 0.96 $19.20
Coalition of 100 Black Women Prince William County 941 491 1,432 0.50 $10
Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington 45 518 563 0.19 $3.80
Manassas City Schools Education Foundation  155 57 212 0.07 $1.40
Food Allergy Research & Education  9 23 32 0.01 $.02
Project Infusion  2 24 26 0.01 $.02
           
      289,248 100  

 Please contact Heather Mergler at Advance Title and Settlement to inquire about funds distribution.

 

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  • Cindy Brookshire

    Thank you Heather and Advanced Title, and Uriah and PotomacLocal.com for this amazing opportunity for our group, Write by the Rails, and all of the nonprofits. This campaign helped us bond as an emerging arts organization. We just finished our first successful Rising Writers Workshop with partial funding from Prince William County and many community partners including Cathy Hailey and her students from Woodbridge Senior High School. We hope to do much more. Please, everyone, come out to the Hylton Performing Arts Center on May 3 for the FREE Arts Alive event to see all the Prince William Arts Council member groups perform in dance, music, theater and art — as well as readings and workshops by Write by the Rails members — many of whom will also participate in Bull Run Regional Library’s annual Local Authors Fair on the same day, May 3. May 10 is the deadline to apply for the Prince William Poet Laureate position. Go to http://www.pwcartscouncil.org and click on “news” to download the application form. Thanks for this wonderful boost for the work of local writers who teach in our classrooms, and sanctuaries, read to children on National Readers Day or model their lifestyles on Career Day, help coach afterschool literary clubs, facilitate manuscript groups, lead writing workshops that process grief and trauma, teach adult literacy and ESOL, work in jails, work with veterans, write for businesses, compose songs, write novels, plays, short stories, poems, movie reviews, blogs and more. — Cindy Brookshire, current chapter president