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.
- 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.
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.