Health: More than 150 nominations so far in the 2018 Harbin Hero Challenge; here are the leaders (deadline is July 27).

Health: More than 150 nominations so far in the 2018 Harbin Hero Challenge; here are the leaders (deadline is July 27).

Media release: More than 150 nominations have been cast so far in the 2018 Harbin Hero Challenge and a strong list of great local charities are vying for the top five spots.

Some familiar names top the first leader’s list with:

Living Proof Recovery garnering 27 percent of the vote so far.

Summit Quest (20 percent)

Sweet Cocoon (14 percent)

The Sexual Assault Center of Northwest Georgia and Floyd County CASA each with 5 percent.

Eight other charities are within two nominations of the top five. The contest runs until Friday, July 27 at 10 p.m., so there is still plenty of time to nominate your favorite charity.

What to know:

To nominate a charity, individuals need to post the charity name and include the hash tag, #HarbinHeroChallenge to Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.  Also, voters are allowed only one nomination per social media account for the entire contest, not per day. 

Shares and likes don’t count, as nominations and creating an image with the hashtag and charity name won’t work either.

Here are the other Harbin Hero Challenge Rules for nominations:
  • The charity must be based in Floyd, Bartow, Polk, Chattooga or Gordon counties.
  • The charity must support health, educational or cultural causes

The five charities receiving the most nominations all win a $500 donation from Harbin Clinic. Those five charities will be announced on Tuesday, July 31. Over the last two years, more than 85 charities have received 600-plus nominations.

The five charities receiving the most nominations also compete to become the overall Harbin Hero Challenge winner and receive an additional $1,000 donation. The charity winning the $1,000 donation is determined by points tallied from runners and walkers registering for the Harbin Hero Hustle, as well as points accumulated from costume contest winners. People signing up to participate in the 5K run or two-mile health walk can select one of the five charities to support.

New this year: Along with the $1,000 prize, there will be an extra $750 prize the winning charity isn’t eligible for. For each preregistered runner and walker, the charity will be entered in a special drawing for the extra prize that will be chosen after the overall winner is announced.

Be sure to check Harbin Clinic’s Facebook page for updates throughout the nominating period to see which local charities are in the lead.
Remember, your favorite charity can’t win if they don’t get nominated. So be sure to share on social media so all those local, charitable superheroes get recognized.
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