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Thanks to our 52 donors, Shop-eat-surf was in contention to be the top Stokes Me fundraising team right up to the 11th hour Tuesday.
Together, we raised $6,130 for 10 worthy causes to be funded by the SIMA Humanitarian Fund's first-ever Stokes Me campaign. All told, Stokes Me raised more than $78,000. Here's a link to SIMA's release with the final tally.
We entered the campaign mid-month, and contributed a portion of our October Executive Edition new and renewing membership subscription sales. Then we asked our readers, members, sponsors, business partners, families and friends to join us.
And boy, did you. We quickly zoomed to 2nd place among industry teams. We quickly topped our first goal of $2,650, and doubled our goal to $5,300 -- and then topped our now higher goal again on Monday.
We ended up in 3rd place among industry teams, when Fernando and Santiago Aguerre's Liquid Tribe team swooped in shortly before the midnight deadline and contributed $7,500 to put it in first place and capture the SIMA Humanitarian Award.
Surfline, whose team was in the lead for most of the month-long campaign, finished in 2nd place among industry teams, with $6,700 raised.
Three of our Shop-eat-surf team members also finished in the Top 10 among the individual fundraisers: Andrew Horan, 4th; Randy Taylor and Taylor Digital, 9th; Shelby Stanger, 10th.
Shelby, left, vowed to surf in a wacky costume while in Tavarua this week if she topped her goal. There she is in her banana suit.
But the big winners are the 10 worthy causes who will receive every dollar of the contributions: Best Day Foundation, Pipeline to a Cure/Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Jimmy Miller Foundation, Keep a Breast, Life Rolls On, Outdoor Outreach, Stoked Mentoring, SurfAid International, Surfers Healing and Waves 4 Water.
To our donors, thank you. Here they are, in alphabetical order: