Friday, September 21, 2012

Golden Eagle Radio needs your Votes!

Right smack dab in the center of our tiny town,
it ain't much to look at but it's full of heart.
  Golden Eagle Radio 97.5, located in Crouch, Idaho, has been selected as the only finalist to represent Idaho on the Tom’s of Maine “Fifty States for Good” program. Golden Eagle has the chance to win $50K in support of its radio project.
Rex at the helm of his dream.

Terry "Babe Boomer" Loyd and co-Mascot Jimmy were
at the center of the action during the Exergy Bike Tour.

Through a daily public vote at or now through October 9, local residents can help bring this funding to Garden Valley’s local radio, with the simple (daily) click of a mouse. PUT UP A SIGN IN FRONT OF YOUR COMPUTER AND VOTE EVERY DAY!

Tom’s program seeks to uncover local nonprofit groups that address urgent community needs and engage volunteers to get the work done. Golden Eagle FM 97.5 does both.

Non-profits from each state were selected by an independent panel of judges, featuring actor and environmentalist Ian Somerhalder, Laura Burge of the social action network, philanthropic leader and Huffington Post columnist Lisa M. Dietlin, and Sam Davidson, president of Cool People Care. The public vote will determine six winning organizations to share $150,000 in funding. The organization with the most public support will receive $50K in sponsorship funding, while five additional organizations will each receive $20K.

 “We are thrilled to shine a spotlight on our ‘50 States for Good’ finalists and their meaningful work,” said Susan Dewhirst, goodness programs manager at Tom’s of Maine. “We can’t wait to see the lasting impact of healthy, human and environmental goodness that will come from funding our winning organizations’ projects.”

Steamer Bill Harder, at his volunteer DJ job, is sounding
more professional every day. Watch out L.A.!
Call in your favorite tunes: 462-4350.
Rich Smith, who has been involved with Golden Eagle since founder Rex LeFevre started this quest, says he’s been working on the grant for months. “At first, I thought it was a grant that we could acquire through our merit—how much we will help the community,” says Smith, “so I am taken a bit aback. You might think this has more the look of a contest rather than a grant, and in some respects it is.

  “In addition to the information I sent them in Phase II, for Phase I, I sent a complete set of objectives for Garden Valley Communications Inc. and a resume of our board members. I also described exactly how our radio station will contribute to the health and welfare of the community, since this seems to be their key objective.”

Program Director (too), Babe Boomer is bringin' some
young energy to the station. Garden Valley High
student, Anthony Zang, is looking
forward to hosting a show
with his DJ friend, Miguel Bengoa.
  Smith included in the grant application the information that Garden Valley is a remote community, fifty-five miles into the mountains: “In 1998, a week of heavy rain and snow blocked all roads into town and power and telephone services were unavailable. Our low power FM radio station serves emergency and community needs, especially for our large percentage of retired persons. Funding will help to outfit our operating space with vital equipment.”

Rich Smith working hard to get the
Golden Eagle in the Air...and on
the air.
After recently being informed of the Facebook voting process, Smith wrote to Tom’s contact person, Holly Luka, explaining that he feels our small community is at a disadvantage with the Facebook voting but said, “We will have at it and do the best we can.”

  Phase III of the program begins with public voting. Supporters will be encouraged to vote from Monday, September 10, 2012 to Tuesday, October 9, 2012. Visitors can vote for one finalist organization once per day, not using more than one browser. If more than one browser is used to vote multiple times per day, or if any nonprofit encourages or employs this practice, votes and/or the nonprofit will be disqualified. At the completion of the final voting phase, the six projects with the highest vote totals will be declared as the selected projects to receive funding, as determined by the consumer vote.

  Tom’s of Maine is a leading natural products company focused on oral and personal care and sells high-quality toothpaste, mouthwash, dental floss, deodorant, bar soap, and body wash products. The company enjoys partnering with its consumers, vendors and community organizations to support lasting, positive change good for people and the planet.






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