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Business sets up online contest

Sunday, February 5, 2012

French Funeral Home representatives largely responsible for setting up the business Facebook Voting Challenge include (from left) Josh Lee, Cindy McKinney and Nick French. [Order this photo]
Officials with French Funeral Home have decided February is a month of giving.

From now until 11:59 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 29, residents have the chance to take part in an online voting challenge presented by the local funeral home.

"We wanted to reach Clay County," Cindy McKinney told The Brazil Times. "It's fun. It's something we created to have fun within the community."

The funeral home set up its Facebook French Funeral Home professional page at the beginning of the month. Through the page, which may be accessed by typing in French Funeral Home through the Facebook search engine, the business has set up the challenge. The challenge is located on the organization's "professional page."

From there, users may click on "Voting Challenge," which appears on the left side of the web page.

Users have to click the "Like" button in order to take part in the challenge.

Funeral Home representatives selected three Clay County organizations -- The YMCA of Clay County, Serving On The Streets (S.O.S.) and The Rock Youth Center and Coffee Shop -- for the challenge.

"Those are three groups that reach out to our community's children," McKinney said.

Users have the option to vote for any of the three one time in a 24-hour period each day and the organization with the most votes at the conclusion of the month will receive $2,500.

A description of each organization appears on the link as well.

"(Users) can also share (the link) with their friends," McKinney said. "They can encourage their friends (to vote)."

Nick French told The Times the funeral home's Internet host and McKinney did a lot of the "footwork" to set up the voting challenge.

"We had a discussion at the office about which organizations we wanted involved," Nick French said, "to create a little excitement.

"I think (the challenge) will create some good awareness for those organizations."

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