Behind The Butter

So, You Want a Bike?

This is a very special and exciting post!

So, as you know because I told you over the weekend, I never really intended on “keeping” my bike. My plan all along has been to either give it back to Echelon or donate it to raise more money for the Livestrong foundation. It’s a brand new, beautiful bike but just isn’t for me. But I know I can use it to do a lot of good and I’m proud to ride on Sunday and raise money for such a good cause.

With that being said, here’s the deal. I’m going to auction off my new bike to one of you. 100% of the money raised go straight to cancer research as part of the Livestrong Foundation and I will ship you out the bike next week after the event. I’ll ride on Sunday with you in mind and that will keep me going. ๐Ÿ™‚

The bike is a Felt FitWoman road bike…brand new as of February. It’s the ZW2 model and is super lightweight and comfortable. I’m 5’6 and this bike fit me perfectly and was very easy to ride. The bike retails at about $4,999, making this the highest priced raffle I’ve ever done on the blog.

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I installed and paid for the pedals myself and they work great….I had them loosen up a bit when I was having issues clipping in and out but they are wonderful for a beginner. Just try not to fall over at the stop signs like me. Sigh.

Since this is a BIKE we are raffling off, people, the rule is you have to donate $20 to enter…..$40 if you want me to enter your name TWICE, giving you more of a chance to win. Also, I’m asking that the winner pay the $50 shipping charge….but I think that’s pretty fair. You would still get a brand new road bike for only about $70!

Please make the donation to my fundraising page and I will keep all your information in an Excel spreadsheet.

The auction will go on until Thursday (5/20) of this week. On Friday I will notify the winner.

Thank you for your support….I’m really excited about this!

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79 Comments

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    Ashley
    May 17, 2010 at 8:10 am

    This is a great raffle opportunity for an avid biker! I think if I tried to ride a road bike I’d be on the ground for lost of the ride haha

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    caitlin
    May 17, 2010 at 8:13 am

    This is awesome! What a GREAT WAY to raise money for cancer research! I know so many people would love a bike but can’t afford a SUPER nice one… I would definitely enter if I already didn’t have a bike!

    Good luck to everyone!

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    Jessica @ How Sweet
    May 17, 2010 at 8:13 am

    This is awesome, Jenna! I think it is a fabulous idea!

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    Mary
    May 17, 2010 at 8:14 am

    that’s an awesome bike! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Heather (Heather's Dish)
    May 17, 2010 at 8:14 am

    if i had the money to do that i’d be 100% on top of it! what a great raffle…someone is going to get VERY lucky ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Katerina
    May 17, 2010 at 8:14 am

    I am thrilled to donate, can I win even if I am in Canada?

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    Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg
    May 17, 2010 at 8:15 am

    That is one sweet ride ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Rachel @ Suburban Yogini
    May 17, 2010 at 8:16 am

    Shame I couldn’t afford to ship it to the UK as I would love that bike. One of my “if I won Lotto” things is a really good bike.

    Splendid raffle idea though Jenna!

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    kristen
    May 17, 2010 at 8:18 am

    Just a quick question Jenna- is this only open to people in the US? I’m in Canada and would love a chance to buy into the raffle. I definitely understand if it can’t be done though- it might be a customs headache.

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      jenna
      May 17, 2010 at 8:19 am

      yes, I’m sorry!! This is only open to US readers. Sorry bout that.

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    katie
    May 17, 2010 at 8:20 am

    what size is the bike? i looked at felt’s site and it’s either a small or medium right? thanks!

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      jenna
      May 17, 2010 at 8:27 am

      Katie,

      It’s a small. But of course things can be adjusted.

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        katie
        May 17, 2010 at 8:31 am

        i was hoping you’d say small!!! on my way to donate right now!!!

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    Brittany
    May 17, 2010 at 8:23 am

    Man, if I had the extra cash I’d be all over that!!! How exciting

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    allison @ thesundayflog
    May 17, 2010 at 8:26 am

    that’s a great idea, jenna!! i think it is totally fair for the winner to pay shipping. a $5,000 bike for $70?? AMAZING. good luck at the century!! cant wait to hear a recap

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    Erin
    May 17, 2010 at 8:28 am

    Wow, a $5000 bike?! I’m shopping around for a bike right now actually and was shocked by some of the $500 price tags. I never knew they came quite THAT expensive!

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    Sandy
    May 17, 2010 at 8:28 am

    I am wanting a road bike so I am in this. If I donate today will you automatically enter my name or do I have to designate it for the raffle somehow?

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      jenna
      May 17, 2010 at 8:32 am

      Sandy,

      Nope…just donate and I will see and put you on my list!

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    Amy
    May 17, 2010 at 8:28 am

    Hey Jenna,
    Could you please let us know what size the bike is? I would love to enter, but could only ride it if it is a large (bike fit is everything) – Thanks!

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      jenna
      May 17, 2010 at 8:31 am

      Amy,

      The bike is a small…but things can be adjusted on it like the seat and all that jazz.

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    Callie
    May 17, 2010 at 8:29 am

    I just donated! I really really really hope I win! I have just started getting into cycling, and I’m doing another triathlon this weekend with my mountain bike. (Cue look of embarassment). My husband and I have been going through some tough financial times, so buying a nice bike is totally out of the question. But to win it, while donating to Livestrong?? That would be PERFECTION! Thanks for this opportunity!!

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    Kathleen
    May 17, 2010 at 8:31 am

    I am so excited about the raffle! I already made my pledge. I am signed up to ride in a the Triple Bypass here, in Colorado. I have a junky bike, so this would be perfect!
    Can we only enter twice?

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      jenna
      May 17, 2010 at 8:31 am

      Kathleen,

      You can enter as many times as you like..it only increases your chances to win!

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    allison @ thesundayflog
    May 17, 2010 at 8:32 am

    just donated. i think it went through. can you make sure please? thanks!

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    Lauren
    May 17, 2010 at 8:33 am

    What a great solution!

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    Mary @ What's Cookin' with Mary
    May 17, 2010 at 8:39 am

    Not entering in the raffle, but what a kick ass raffle!

    I have a Trek 7.3 and am LOVING riding. Glad some lucky winner will be doing the same.

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    Mastering Public Health
    May 17, 2010 at 8:40 am

    Maybe I’m confused, but didn’t you say you were loaning the bike? How can you auction it? Excellent idea/deal/cause, though! ๐Ÿ™‚

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      Mastering Public Health
      May 17, 2010 at 5:55 pm

      ?

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        jenna
        May 17, 2010 at 6:07 pm

        When I said I would do the event I had the option of either giving the bike back (loaning it) or donating it. I chose the latter.

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    Abby
    May 17, 2010 at 8:42 am

    That is such a great idea!

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    Annie
    May 17, 2010 at 8:44 am

    What a great idea! I just donated. ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ve been trying to ride on my old bike, but it’s too old and there are too many repairs to be done! I’m so excited for this opportunity!

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    Suzanne de Cornelia
    May 17, 2010 at 8:44 am

    Wow! That ‘s a great deal for a biker and a sharp bike. To help the cause we all could place a notice of this on our FB pages. Off to do that right now.

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    Camille
    May 17, 2010 at 8:48 am

    What a great thing you are doing!
    It is a gorgeous bike and if I had money I would put in 1000 entries!

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    ida
    May 17, 2010 at 8:49 am

    Such a great raffle! And i live in the bay area, so if i win i could pick the bike up. just saying:)

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    Amanda
    May 17, 2010 at 8:53 am

    What a great idea Jenna!

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    Scargosun
    May 17, 2010 at 8:59 am

    Hi! I entered for 2 chances in memory of my Dad who died way too young from cancer.

    What a great way to 1. give back and 2. do great fund raising.

    I really hope I win. I have been thinking that I need to move from my old off road bike to something better for the road.

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    Jessica
    May 17, 2010 at 9:00 am

    What an awesome raffle! If I win I am going to do a 60-miler this year, in memory of my friend Cynthia who lost her battle to cancer last year. Whenever I hit the wall or have a tough run or bike ride I hear her saying, “I have the strength of 10 women!”

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    Suzanne de Cornelia
    May 17, 2010 at 9:06 am

    I don’t want a bike and at 5’9″ wouldn’t fit me anyway. “So I posted this on my FB page of 2200+ And asked them to share the link:

    “ROAD BIKE PEOPLE! Great Raffle. Winner Announced this Friday!! $20 tickets (plus winner pays $50 shipping) for a 2010 Felt FitWoman ZW2 model, super lightweight, retails at $4,999. This bike will be used by Jenna Weber of EatLiveRun fame to compete in the Echelon Gran Fondo this weekend in wine country to raise $$$ for cancer research. See: ‘So You Want a Bike?’ post on her site for details. GREAT deal for bikers, and for her charity. PLEASE SUPPORT JENNA’S 60 Mile Ride & SHARE THIS POST. THANKS!! http://eatliverun.com/

    Will go write a quickie piece and post on Scribd. And tonight when return will put on my site and Twitter the link for a couple of hours.

    Super idea!!

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    Jenn @ LiveWellFitNow
    May 17, 2010 at 9:07 am

    What a fantastic way to raise more money for charity and have a unique connection to motivate you as you bike! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Therese
    May 17, 2010 at 9:14 am

    Love this idea! You’ve been awesome in collecting donations for this cause!!!

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    Cat
    May 17, 2010 at 9:15 am

    I’m doing the EGF too and just got an email from the EGF peeps that the 60 mile course is, oops, actually 67 miles!! The plot thickens!

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      Shelbney
      May 17, 2010 at 12:49 pm

      What is your point?

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    Kristin (Cook, Bake and Nibble)
    May 17, 2010 at 9:15 am

    What a great donation!!

    xo
    K

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    Jennu
    May 17, 2010 at 9:32 am

    A $5,000 bike! WOW!

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    Fernando
    May 17, 2010 at 9:49 am

    I’m in!
    Don’t break my sh*t this Sunday!

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    Fernando
    May 17, 2010 at 9:50 am

    I’m in!
    Don’t break my sh*t this Sunday!

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    KellyB
    May 17, 2010 at 9:52 am

    I’m so freaking excited! I hope I win!!

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    Samantha (Food Edu)
    May 17, 2010 at 10:24 am

    Very cool! I want a bike, but Im 5’3….I wonder if it would fit me? I am clueless about anything cycling!

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    Hilary
    May 17, 2010 at 10:36 am

    Just donated! Best of luck ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Laine
    May 17, 2010 at 10:36 am

    I bet Jenna is going to steal our money and never mail the bike since she is a massive flake who lies in a hammock and reads.

    Haaaaaaaa! Just kidding. This is a very cool way to get some last donations to the charity and get rid of the bike.

    It’s too small for me and I don’t need a 4th(?!) bike but I hope the winner loves it!

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    aron
    May 17, 2010 at 10:37 am

    I have been looking into road bikes for quite a while now but haven’t wanted to make the initial investment into it, so this would be PERFECT! I am going to donate now, plus I live in the bay area and could just meet you somewhere to pick it up ๐Ÿ˜‰ going to donate NOW!

    have a great time out there this weekend!

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    Gloria
    May 17, 2010 at 10:39 am

    This would be amazing! I have been riding my trusty Target bike for two years now and I was just thinking about how it would be so nice to have a legit road bike to ride this summer. There’s no way I could afford it right now, but I certainly can afford a donation! Good luck Jenna ๐Ÿ™‚

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    stacey
    May 17, 2010 at 10:49 am

    Great idea. I just entered the raffle. I hope that this gets you to your fundraising goal. Have a great ride this weekend!

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    Jen
    May 17, 2010 at 10:54 am

    I just got a new bike of my own but yours is so cute that I had to enter. I have a sister who wants to start doing triathlons, so if I win, I will decide which bike to keep and give her the other one. I can’t wait to hear how much money this helps you raise.

    I hope you won’t regret this — you really shouldn’t have to give it away. But since you are, I want to give it a try.

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    Carolyn @ lovinlosing.com
    May 17, 2010 at 11:08 am

    Great idea!!

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    Jen
    May 17, 2010 at 11:09 am

    Hi! I just donated. Is there a way to confirm we are entered into your raffle? Thanks!

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    Regan
    May 17, 2010 at 11:28 am

    Hey Jenna! This isn’t related to your post, but I had a question about moving. I know you have just recently moved into a new apartment. As I begin to pack to move to my second apartment, I have realized how much stuff I have accumulated! I’ve noticed that you seem to pack lightly—especially since moving cross country–but do you have any tips on how a girl can live “lightly.” I feel like I need to declutter my life, because after this move I will be moving again after graduation to start my new life as a college graduate. So I was just curious to know if you had any advice on living simply…you do it so well!
    Keep it up Jenna, you are such an amazing young woman and I admire your strength ๐Ÿ™‚

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    yashika
    May 17, 2010 at 11:34 am

    I think that this might be the absolute perfect time to let you know how inspiring you and your blog are to me allllll the way in Mumbai. I have learnt about the FAB green monsters from you, about the perfect balance of food and about your commitment to your body. You have me craving about quitting my job and doing something I feel truly passionate about and of course to move to wine country! ๐Ÿ™‚ But that is besides the point. I have been reading your blog for a couple of months now and thought this was a good time to pop in and Hello! Jenna, you rock and Thank you for letting me know how to poach and egg and how to love your life!

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    Annie H.
    May 17, 2010 at 11:38 am

    Had to get in on this! What a stellar raffle. Best of luck on the 23rd, Jenna!

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    Kristen @ Change of Pace
    May 17, 2010 at 11:47 am

    Awesome idea Jenna! I think I’d hurt myself on a bike like that though haha ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Joyce
    May 17, 2010 at 11:54 am

    Great opportunity Jenna! I donated to your cause and I hope I win but I already feel as if I had by knowing this is a great cause! Hope you enjoy your ride! I’ll be mentally cheering you and Caitlyn on!

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    Carla
    May 17, 2010 at 12:03 pm

    What a great raffle! And a great way to raise money for a good cause.
    Bike fit is VERY important and you should probably indicate that a small Felt is the best fit for someone that is between 5’0″ and 5’4″ (http://www.feltbicycles.com/Resources/Documents/Felt%20Size%20Chart%2009_xls.pdf). You can’t just adjust the seat and get this bike to fit someone who is 5’7″…

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    Cynthia (It All Changes)
    May 17, 2010 at 12:06 pm

    My doctors and PT’s recommended biking but I didn’t want to pay the huge price. This is a great opportunity for me to win it at a much reduced cost.

    And Jenna I think this is an awesome way to continue to raise funds for a great cause. Thank you.

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    LesleyG
    May 17, 2010 at 12:21 pm

    I think this is a great idea for a fund-raiser! And it’s not just because I happen to be 5’6″. ๐Ÿ™‚ As for all the other “fall out” or whatever you want to call it, I’m sorry people react in certain ways. It’s just the weird balance of the world or something, we can’t explain it. I have only a fraction of traffic on my site that you have on yours, and I still get the same thing sometimes with people making assumptions or thinking they know the whole story. I am not sure there’s any way around it. Anyway, as long as you have good people in your life to keep you centered and grounded and you listen to the good heart I know you have, you’ll always rise above!
    Take care, ride hard, and have fun!

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    kathryn
    May 17, 2010 at 12:27 pm

    love this! i just donated!

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    Colleen
    May 17, 2010 at 12:33 pm

    wow, i’ve got to enter! i’m training for a century ride this august and that bike is just, ugh, cycle-sex on wheels, would love to finish my century on that!

    also, i notice we have the SAME dirty tea kettle that i ALSO found in a thrift store in college, so just, saying, kettle = bike, in my world.

    great idea! good luck!

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    Chelsea
    May 17, 2010 at 12:34 pm

    I just donated!! Oh I’m crossing my fingers I win your beautiful bike! It would be so nice not to have to do tri’s in my clunky mtn bike!

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    Lisa @ bakebikeblog
    May 17, 2010 at 12:34 pm

    WHat a great idea!!

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    Julie @ Wearing Mascara
    May 17, 2010 at 12:38 pm

    Just donated! I really hope I win ๐Ÿ™‚

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    laurie
    May 17, 2010 at 12:40 pm

    great idea–i can’t wait to see how much money you raise through this raffle!
    ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Morgan
    May 17, 2010 at 12:43 pm

    I can’t ride bikes cuz it majorly hurts my taco…. I do want to have kids someday, so I don’t risk it….

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    Lorin
    May 17, 2010 at 1:41 pm

    I love those dr.praegger’s veggie burgers, but mine’s the california kind so maybe that’s why. But they do sometimes fall apart, I like it though compared to gardenburger brand. Good luck on Sunday!

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    Cindy
    May 17, 2010 at 2:15 pm

    What a great idea and for a great cause too! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Jil @ Peace, Love & Munchies
    May 17, 2010 at 5:00 pm

    What a great idea – and cause!! You’re amazing, Jenna!

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    Katherine
    May 17, 2010 at 5:21 pm

    what a great idea/cause I’m still waiting for craigs list to provide a bike for me

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    Holly
    May 17, 2010 at 6:10 pm

    I entered… and I’m meeting you on Sunday because I’m helping Team Awesome, so if I win, it’ll save me the shipping! Heheh.

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    Michal
    May 17, 2010 at 7:09 pm

    Great idea! I posted this on my FB to spread the word. I hope you reach your fundraising goal!

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    Meg
    May 18, 2010 at 8:07 am

    This is awesome! I just entered, and I’m happy to support such a great cause. Best of luck!! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Jessica
    May 18, 2010 at 9:04 am

    Saw a link to this on http://www.healthytippingpoint.com/ and entered! Great raffle!

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