TouchPad Go raffle winners announced
As many of you may know our dear friend and webOS community member Rich Dunbar was hosting a really sweet raffle last month to raise money for two really great causes. Not only did he auction off his own personal TouchPad Go (one of the rarest mobile tech devices around) but he also sweetened the pot with a cavalcade of other devices courtesy of webOS Developer Relations. As promised the winners of both the large and small pots of webOS gear were chosen yesterday. Rich sent us an email to let us know who won, how much money was raised, and his plans to deliver the funds to said causes. So without further ado we give you Rich Dunbar's message:
First allow me to say thank you to everyone who participated in the TouchPad GO charity raffle. I have been privileged to be a part of the webOS community for over three years and have truly enjoyed interacting with so many amazing people. I also need to extend thanks to the webOS Developer Relations team who have always been great to the webOS community and really helped add some bang to this raffle by donating most of the extras in the two prize packages. Finally I need to thank four individuals who insured the integrity of the drawing process.
Jeffrey Powers was given the number of entries and used a random selection application to select four numbers. The first two were the winners and the second two were alternates in the event either of the first two were not eligible. Jeff then emailed those numbers to myself and the other three list holders who each independently verified the winners and emailed me their findings. Each of these four individuals are reputable longtime members of the tech blogging community, are active in the public space and were not participants in the raffle.
There were a total of 883 entries which raised $8,830 for the announced charities. There was one late entry for $10 which the entrant knew was late but wanted to donate to the cause anyway and there were a total of $160 in donations from the members of Mosaic Church in Oklahoma City to make the final total of donations $9,000.
The 1st place winner of the TouchPad GO bundle which includes a TouchPad GO, TouchPad Touchstone, TouchPad Bluetooth Keyboard, spare HP TouchPad Charger, HP Veer, and Palm Touchstone is Michal Pleban of Poland.
The 2nd place winner of the TouchPad bundle which includes a 16GB Wifi TouchPad, TouchPad Touchstone, TouchPad Bluetooth Keyboard, TouchPad Cover, HP Pre 3, and Palm Touchstone is Robson Porto of Brazil.
Congratulations to both of the winners.
I will be traveling to deliver the proceeds to the recipients this Thursday and Friday in person. I intend to take some pictures and share with them the encouragement and support of the webOS community. I hope to be able to provide a report back to you all so you can see how much your generosity means to these great causes.
Thanks again for being such an awesome community and thanks to webOS Nation for giving such great publicity to this cause.
As sad as we are that none of us won (believe me we all tried) we are happy to know that we helped raise a sizable amount of money for the community outreach branch of hurricane-hit Plaquemines Parish in Louisiana and Texas HIV/AIDS community volunteer Sally Johnson. In closing we here at webOS Nation would like to whole heartedly thank Rich for putting this thing together and donating one of the most coveted pieces of webOS equipment to ever roam the earth. Last but certainly not least, we would like to thank all of our readers for donating and helping spread the news of this contest!