And the Winners Are? Valentine’s Day Contest

When I announced the Valentines Day Chef Contest, my ambition was to donate a bit of time and provide a memorable experience for someone who deserves it.  Hopefully it would be one of the things that my friend Brad calls The 100 Ways.

Thank you to everyone who sent me an email or left a comment to nominate someone – there were more than 40 of them nominating more than 60 recipients.  Reading them touched me in ways that made me want to do even more.  So instead of using Random.org to select one name to receive one dinner for two, I used the site to draw two names to each receive dinner for four.

While the increase in the dinners and diners necessitates some changes in scheduling, I will work that out with the winners. Who are:

Winner #1 nominated by I’m Gonna Break Your Heart: I’d like to nominate my friends S&B. S is a special ed teacher at a DC Charter school. B works for a non-profit that connects homeless people to city services. In short, B spends his days walking the streets of DC, rain or cold or heat, seeking out homeless and making connections with them. They are the most compassionate couple I know.

Winner #2 nominated by Mese: Let me tell you a little bit about Nicole
She is a fighter- after years in foster care she decided to work in the child welfare field to make sure other children don’t have to struggle with no support from a loving, permanent family.

She is tried and true- when given the opportunity, Nicole has ditched vacation and forgone sleep to write, speak, teach, lead- anything to help spread the word on the reasons no child should go to bed in fear or without a home.

She is committed- friends and family have been welcomed into Nicole’s home as a refuge from hardship without anything expected in return, despite her no-profit salary.

I’ll be contacting the winners via the people who nominated them and I look forward to updating all of you with stories of the dinners and hopefully a recipe or two.

Thanks again to everyone who reads, comments, and generally make this place worth populating with my scribbles.

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13 Responses to And the Winners Are? Valentine’s Day Contest

  1. imgonnabreakyourheart says:

    I’m so excited for S&B. No, no, these aren’t tears. I just have something in my eye. Lovely, Refugee, truly lovely. Thank you.

    It really is my pleasure.

  2. Christina says:

    Such lucky people! I hope that they enjoy every bite!

    I am hoping that they enjoy it as much as I will.

  3. Jean says:

    Very cool. These folks are definitely in for a treat.

    I am eager for the challenge.

  4. April says:

    I think this is such a great thing to do for people that really deserve it. Great job you and very excited for them!

    Thank you… I really think the old saw about getting more from giving is true for a reason.

  5. Grace says:

    I am really looking forward to hearing about the dinners!

    I will be posting the menus soon.

  6. Such a fantastic idea, friend. You are a good man. Look forward to hearing how the dinners go!

    Thank you, and I look forward to posting about it soon.

  7. kitty says:

    aww. perfection.

    Thanks.

  8. The winners sound like amazing people and I know, if I were you, I feel honored to be cooking for them.

    I feel incredibly honored.

  9. Vittoria says:

    you are kind of awesome. and i already knew that.

    Thank you, that’s very kind of you.

  10. brad says:

    I would love to add this to the 100 list. It definitely counts.

    Thank you, and I wasn’t really lobbying for inclusion, more trying to give a shout-out to your efforts.

  11. Mese says:

    I am tearing up. I can’t think of a more deserving person and can’t wait to tell my friends. Thank you RR.

    My pleasure.

  12. Yay! I’ve been waiting for results, and I am so happy for the people who won. Congrats to them, and once again a huge thank you for doing this.

    Thank you, and it is my pleasure.

  13. Audra says:

    You are truly an amazing individual and have inspired me to do something for my fellow Washingtonians………don’t know what it will be yet !!!(perhaps I will tutor a child who’s parent(s) can’t afford a tutor)

    Your reaction was exactly what I hoped to inspire. Thank you.

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