Health: More than 500 nominations so far in the 2018 Harbin Hero Challenge; here are the leaders (deadline is July 27).

Health: More than 500 nominations so far in the 2018 Harbin Hero Challenge; here are the leaders (deadline is July 27).

Media release: With roughly one week remaining in the 2018 Harbin Hero Challenge, votes continue to fly in.

As of Friday morning (July 20), the top five charities are Living Proof Recovery, Summit Quest, Murphy-Harpst Children’s Center, RLT Prime Timers and The Sweet Cocoon.

Several other charities are within striking distance of the top five. Two key things to remember: the contest closes on Friday, July 27 at 10 p.m. and if you are posting a nomination on Facebook be sure that the post is set to public.

Don’t get too comfortable though. In previous contests, some charities have unleashed their super powers to leap into the top five at the last minute.

The top five charity winners will be announced on Monday, July 30.

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 Monday, July 30. 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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