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The Rock Youth Center wins contest

Friday, March 2, 2012

The votes are in -- all 5,421 of them.

The Rock, Clay City, won French Funeral Home's Facebook voting challenge with a total of 2,658 votes.

"What a deserving organization," French Funeral Home representative Nick French said. "I think it's fantastic."

The funeral home set up the Facebook page at the beginning of February. Through the page, which may be accessed by typing French Funeral Home through the Facebook search engine, the business set up a challenge.

Users had to "Like" the Facebook page in order to vote and take part in the challenge.

The funeral home selected three Clay County organizations for the challenge, including The YMCA of Clay County, Serving On the Streets (S.O.S.) and The Rock Youth Center and Coffee Shop.

"We created the contest to promote the different organizations around the community," French said. "It was interesting to watch the energy behind the organizations, especially within the last week or two (of voting)."

Users had the option to vote for any of the three organizations once every day.

"With all the votes that were coming in during the last night of voting, it was like watching a Big Ten basketball game," French said.

In the end, the YMCA had a total of 126 votes, S.O.S. had a total of 2,637 votes and The Rock had a total of 2, 658 votes -- winning by only 21 votes.

"I was surprised and thrilled with the turnout," French told The Brazil Times. "I had no idea what to expect when we started this a month ago. There were a couple thousand different individuals voting as far as I could tell. Many of them voted several times."

The organization with the most votes won $2,500.

Owner of The Rock, Laura Wells, had been promoting the challenge all month long.

"I was sending messages to all my friends on Facebook," she said. "I was texting everyone I knew to vote. I even had friends and family that I contacted to ask their friends on Facebook to vote."

Wells said the challenge was exciting the entire time and she had a lot of fun, but during the last three hours of the challenge, Wells said her heart was racing.

"I instant messaged every person I saw get on Facebook and asked them for their votes," Wells said. "I would take breaks to send out texts for people to vote or ask others to vote. It was an adrenaline rush."

When Wells realized The Rock had won the contest, she said she was "pretty excited."

"I was yelling and waving my arms in the air with a big smile on my face," Wells told The Brazil Times. "I was dancing around the living room by myself, thanking God for meeting our needs."

Wells had been looking into adding on to The Rock due to a need for restrooms on the first floor.

"We only have one restroom in the basement so it is not handicap accessible," Wells said. "We want to build restrooms on the main floor and a new staircase going into the basement. We are also needing playground equipment, so we might even do something along those lines."

According to French, the race was dramatic and the lead shifted back and forth many times. However, the YMCA of Clay County had such a low amount of votes, it never seemed to be in the competition.

"I think the Y maybe intentionally backed off in order to help the other organizations," French said. "I think you could make a lot of speculation as to why they didn't get as many votes. It seemed to me, the members of the Y had some interest in the others and chose to vote for them."

French said whether an organization won or lost, he felt each benefited from the challenge.

"Both the S.O.S. and The Rock made a wonderful effort in promoting their organizations," French said. "I certainly hope both gained from this. I hope the general interest in those two organizations has increased and the knowledge of them has grown."

Wells agreed that her organization gained from the experience, even without the prize money.

"I've heard so many cool stories of people calling their friends in other states to vote," she said. "The whole thing, whether we won or didn't win, was great publicity."

Wells was thankful for everyone who voted and supported The Rock, and she was glad it was a friendly challenge.

"I think that S.O.S. is a great organization," she said. "I hope they do very well in their ministry. We appreciate French Funeral Home for including us in the challenge. We're very thankful to have been a part of it."

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Great contest! Like Ms Wells, my wife and I were both on FaceBook right up until midnight messaging friends online, asking them to vote. Then we'd check back and forth to see what the tally was. It was fun and I am sure, like Nick said, all organizations involved will benefit from the publicity. As a matter of fact, I know that's true; while asking friends and acquaintances to vote for S.O.S. we were asking one another "What the heck is The ROCK?". Now we know.

-- Posted by steve47834 on Sat, Mar 3, 2012, at 9:32 AM

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