Eden Gives Back: Run Taco Run!

TacoODoom TacoODoom
Hey everyone!

I just wanted to crawl out of my cave of inactivity to let everyone know not only am I NOT DEAD ('cause my forum and review activity went WAY down) but that I've undertaken the HUGE task of fundraising $1k as well as training for a 9k run to benefit veterans with PTSD and TBI.

That's right folks, I'll be participating in this years Run to Home Base 9k in conjunction with the Red Sox Foundation and Mass General Hospital.

Not only is it a dream come true for a Masshole such as myself to be able to run across home plate at historic Fenway park, but I get to do it for one of the most noble causes, raising money to help veterans who have suffered the most insidious injury a war can cause, they ones you can't see.


The full post is up on the Eden Gives Back Blog

I'll be updating on the forum from time to time with my progress both running and fundraising as it gets closer to the May 12th deadline. After the Race on May 22nd I'll update you all with my time and pics from the event!

You can help with the fundraising by donating your points or gift cards as well. Eden has generously agreed to value your points in full, so if you have 2000 points, you’d be able to trade them in for a $20 donation. E-mail Gary@edenfantasys.com to donate your points. Purchasing a gift card will also donate the full value, so if you buy a $20.00 gift card, when the physical card arrives you can send the numbers to gary@edenfantasys.com and he’ll make sure the full amount of the card purchased is donated.

You can also check my fundraising progress or donate directly to me by clicking here, and while you're there, you can click around to learn more about the Home Base Organization.

Remember that the deadline for donations is May 12th, so get yours in before then!

Thank you all in advance for your help and support! You really are a great group of people

<3,
Taco_o_doom
aka Chris
03/25/2011
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Kindred Kindred
This is a great cause that you are supporting. Just one question which I also messaged to you. I assume we can generate a GC with our points and send that code to Gary? The blog article and your post implies that you have to physically purchase one. Thanks.
03/25/2011
TacoODoom TacoODoom
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Originally posted by Kindred
This is a great cause that you are supporting. Just one question which I also messaged to you. I assume we can generate a GC with our points and send that code to Gary? The blog article and your post implies that you have to physically purchase ... More
either or, if you donate your points it's $0.50 on the dollar. but you can purchase a GC outright and donate the full amount, if you so wish
03/25/2011
ToyTimeTim ToyTimeTim
Very cool Taco. It is nice that you are helping out this charity and being healthy at the same time.

Nice that EF is allowing us to donate points, that is the only way I can help. So very cool indeed!

Good luck, I am looking forward to your updates.
03/25/2011
Gary Gary
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Originally posted by Kindred
This is a great cause that you are supporting. Just one question which I also messaged to you. I assume we can generate a GC with our points and send that code to Gary? The blog article and your post implies that you have to physically purchase ... More
You can donate points by cashing them in and sending me the code.

You can also donate cash by purchasing a GiftCard, and sending me the code.

Send all donations to me at Gary@EdenFantasys.com
03/25/2011
Kindred Kindred
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Originally posted by Gary
You can donate points by cashing them in and sending me the code.

You can also donate cash by purchasing a GiftCard, and sending me the code.

Send all donations to me at Gary@EdenFantasys.com
I guess my confusion lies in how points are only valued at half? If I purchase a GC to donate the value using my points, am I actually only donating have of the value of the card I created? And how is that GC different than if I purchase one from the site and have it mailed to me?
03/25/2011
Carrie Ann Carrie Ann
Quote:
Originally posted by Kindred
I guess my confusion lies in how points are only valued at half? If I purchase a GC to donate the value using my points, am I actually only donating have of the value of the card I created? And how is that GC different than if I purchase one from ... More
In all our EdenGivesBack points (cashed in, gc code emailed to Victoria in the past) points have been valued at half cash.

So $500 in points gathered meant $250 cash that EF matched.

The difference is we're allowing folks to purchase actual gift cards (with cash, not points) and donate them. We had questions about this on the last fund drives, people who were not a part of the community, who don't have points, wanting to donate but we had no way to do it since we only accepted points.

This time, we're allowing people to, basically, donate cash rather than or on top of points, which will be valued in full now.
03/25/2011
Kindred Kindred
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Originally posted by Carrie Ann
In all our EdenGivesBack points (cashed in, gc code emailed to Victoria in the past) points have been valued at half cash.So $500 in points gathered meant $250 cash that EF matched.The difference is we're allowing folks to purchase actual gift ... More
I guess I didn't remember that the points were half value for the holiday sponsored families. Thanks for the clarification.
03/25/2011
Sammi Sammi
I think this is a really wonderful thing you're doing - and 9K, wow! I could do about 1K if pressed

I hope everyone donates, and you raise a lot of money for this great cause!
03/25/2011
Fred Petrenko Fred Petrenko
Thank you TacoODoom for your support of the cause. This is a great spirit and I personally admire your passion. We will share your commitment and will be with you all the way on the run.
03/25/2011
TacoODoom TacoODoom
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Originally posted by Sammi
I think this is a really wonderful thing you're doing - and 9K, wow! I could do about 1K if pressed

I hope everyone donates, and you raise a lot of money for this great cause!
well i certainly won't be doing it in heels
03/26/2011
TacoODoom TacoODoom
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Originally posted by Fred Petrenko
Thank you TacoODoom for your support of the cause. This is a great spirit and I personally admire your passion. We will share your commitment and will be with you all the way on the run.
thank you for your generous support Fred
03/26/2011
Vaccinium Vaccinium
Done.
03/26/2011
Jul!a Jul!a
This is so awesome Taco
03/28/2011
Fuck it. Fuck it.
If I take up running again, I might have to do this next year. I'll be doing something similar this summer. If I get my bank account sorted out in time (I should!), I'll be donating to you for good karma.
03/28/2011
Illusional Illusional
This is amazing and inspiring!
03/29/2011
Carrie Ann Carrie Ann
I just donated all my points. I know it's early and we have until May but I figure if we all wait, we'll have no idea where we're at and how much is still needed to make this happen so... heck with it! I gave what I have now and will give more later.
03/29/2011
El-Jaro El-Jaro
I just donated my only two gift cards.
03/29/2011
Selective Sensualist Selective Sensualist
Thank you so much for doing this, TacoODoom. This is truly a wonderful cause. You're awesome!

I'll be saving up points to donate. I hope this keeps getting bumped in the forum so I don't forget about this.
03/29/2011
gone77 gone77
I've donated all of my points. There was just a few but I plan on donating more later and, if I can, a gift card or two.
03/29/2011
Leila Eden Leila Eden
I donated my points, Taco! I'll donate more when I get more! You are so awesome and inspiring for doing this!
03/29/2011
sexyk515 sexyk515
nice
03/29/2011
TacoODoom TacoODoom
You guys are all awesome! Thankyouthankyouthanko u!
03/29/2011
Kdlips Kdlips
nice
03/29/2011
Alys Alys
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Originally posted by TacoODoom
You guys are all awesome! Thankyouthankyouthanko u!
No, thank you!
04/04/2011
macho99 macho99
ruuuuun taco! ruuuuuuun!

Now at $288! Yay! May I ask if this amount includes the EF community's part?
04/05/2011
TacoODoom TacoODoom
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Originally posted by macho99
ruuuuun taco! ruuuuuuun!



Now at $288! Yay! May I ask if this amount includes the EF community's part?
nope thats what I've raised on my own, Gary told me we just hit the $300 mark for community donations!!! i'm half way there!!!!
04/05/2011
Jul!a Jul!a
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Originally posted by TacoODoom
nope thats what I've raised on my own, Gary told me we just hit the $300 mark for community donations!!! i'm half way there!!!!
Awesome!
04/05/2011
El-Jaro El-Jaro
I think it'd be awesome if every member donated $2 in EdenPoints turned gift card to this. There are literally thousands of community members, why not just make a $2 gift card out of the hundreds of EdenPoints you prolly have banked for something charitable?
04/05/2011
TacoODoom TacoODoom
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Originally posted by El-Jaro
I think it'd be awesome if every member donated $2 in EdenPoints turned gift card to this. There are literally thousands of community members, why not just make a $2 gift card out of the hundreds of EdenPoints you prolly have banked for something ... More
if they did that i'd probably be the top individual fundraiser!
04/05/2011
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