We’re getting buried. As of high-noon today, Jan.21, in this 96th day of a 105-day contest, we are a record-high 1,466 votes behind Ohio [UPDATE: Columbus lead extended to 2,372 as of 7:30 am, Sunday]. As you know you can vote every 24 hours at http://www.ahschallenge.com/Participants.aspx. With only until 9 p.m. on Jan.31, 2011 our time is running out. The $25,000 first prize ($15,000 for second) would have been used had we won (note the past-tense as this is indeed a tense issue) not to build one of the 12 Habitat for Humanity homes planned for the Tillicum Community (after all $25,000 doesn’t go very far when you’re goal is that big) but rather for something special for the entire community as a whole.
Indeed, American Poet John Greenleaf Whittier (1807-1892) was right when he wrote, “For of all sad words of tongue or pen, the saddest are these: ‘It might have been!’”
There still might be time to change that however since there are 777 of you receiving this. And likely each of you knows somebody that for just 9 days would be willing to vote at the above link for Tacoma/Pierce County’s Habitat project in Tillicum. Would you vote and send this link to those you think might also vote?
We need all 777 of you to vote each of these last nine days and to forward this on to encourage others you know to vote each day as well. (My aunt in Texas emailed this morning that she had sent this to 93 of her friends across the country.)
· The Clover Park School District has been contacted with an urgent appeal (thanks Jim Taylor!).
· We are asking those of you with connections to the State legislature to have Gov. Gregoire symbolically gavel from the floor the passage of an urgent bill to declare this an official Washington vs. Ohio contest.
· All 100-plus Lakewood Human Service collaborators have been alerted (thanks Kim Dodds!). And Kim has suggested a press release to those of you who know anyone in the media. (See attached)
· The Pierce County Council has been apprised (thank you Leslie Swalley and Dick Muri)!
· Kathleen Merryman in the Tacoma News Tribune picked up the story.
Thank you for your help!