Saturday, September 3, 2011

Fatal Wedding Big Reveal Day 13: Wedding Favors


Sam and Nick want to thank you for helping to plan their wedding! They've given a lot of thought to a gift they could give their guests to remember their special day. In the course of their work as a police officer and as a U.S. senator, they see a lot of need in their local community. So in lieu of favors, they are going to make a donation in the name of each wedding guest to one of their three favorite charities. Nick left it up to Sam to decide what three charities to offer as choices, and she chose three organizations near and dear to her:

Charitable Organization 1

Washington D.C. Police Foundation

The Washington DC Police Foundation is a group of Washington area business and civic leaders who work with the D.C. Police Chief to promote better public safety across the District of Columbia.

The DC Police Foundation was formed in 2000 by Washington area business and civic leaders under the aegis of the Federal City Council to generate resources to support crime prevention programs and programs for at-risk youth.

The Washington DC Police Foundation works to support key unmet public safety needs identified by the Chief of Police of the Metropolitan Police Department and other public safety leaders in the District of Columbia. We do this by giving support to MPD and by engaging directly on public safety policy initiatives in the city.

The Foundation relies on financial support and in-kind resources from our members who include the business and professional community, retailers, faith-based leaders, civic leaders, philanthropic foundations, and individuals who are interested in improving public safety in our Nation’s Capital.

Charitable Organization 2

Big Brothers Big Sisters National Capital Area

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the National Capital Area is dedicated to making a positive difference in the lives of children through professionally supported long-term, One-To-One® mentoring relationships with carefully screened, caring and committed adults in Washington, DC, Northern Virginia and Suburban Maryland.

Big Brothers Big Sisters is the oldest, largest and most effective youth mentoring organization in the Washington Region. We are the leader in One-To-One youth mentoring services. We develop positive relationships that have a direct and lasting impact on the lives of young people. Big Brothers Big Sisters mentors children ages 6 through 18 in our community.

Charitable Organization 3

The Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation

The Reeve Foundation is dedicated to curing spinal cord injury by funding innovative research, and improving the quality of life for people living with paralysis through grants, information and advocacy. The Paralysis Resource Center (PRC) offer resources on spinal cord injury, paralysis and mobility related disabilities.

And the winner is...

Number 3! 

I was so glad you all chose that one in loving tribute to Sam's paralyzed father. In honor of all of you today, I'll make a $50 donation to the charity of the winner's choice in the winner's name, so go forth and comment on today's Big Reveal!

One more day, and then it all comes to fruition in Fatal Destiny! I posted a new excerpt on my Facebook fan page last night. "Like" the page and click on "Exclusive Fan Zone" for a little taste of what's to come in Destiny!

54 comments:

The Brewers said...

Great choice!!!

Na said...

All these choices are winners but number 3 is especially touching because it has a personal touch to it. One of my favourite reveal so far. Keep them coming.

Na S.
Cambonified {at} yahoo {dot} com

Jackie said...

That teaser on ou FB page did me in!
Jacke Conlon
jackieinpdx@q.cpm

Pat L. said...

Very nice thing to do. Great choice.

patoct@yahoo.com

peggy d said...

all excellent choices

Amy said...

Again, all of these choices are winners. But given the way Sam adores Skip, this is a fab selection. I actually feel borderline verklempt.

Alineaweaver@centurylink.net

Marie Force said...

So glad you all approve of this choice. It made me verklempt to write it into the story.

Thanks for coming out on a Saturday. Just one more day until Destiny!

Kelly Arlia said...

Great choice!!! #2 is a charity my family is personally involved with but all charities are worthwhile! Love it.

Tara said...

All three are amazing organizations, but thrilled for the winning choice. Can't wait till Monday!!!

Luci said...

Any choice would help people who need it.

Loads of luck with Fatal Destiny!

info@ilovebooks.com.mt

ShellyE said...

All excellent choices!!

Shelly Estes
estesr@purdue.edu

Anonymous said...

Excellent.

Christina R.
moocow1341@aol.com

Catherine said...

They are all great Charities and I am glad number 3 won because it's something close to Sam's heart!
Catherine Bice
cbice04@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

Number 3 is perfect for Sam and nick. Can not wait to read the book. Cindy Addleman cindya69@gmail

Judy F said...

all three are awesome choices.

This has been so much fun.

Judy F
sam2dusty@aol.com

gigi said...

Number 3 was a good pick.

Jane said...

These are all great organizations.

Jane C
janie1215 AT excite DOT com

Sarah L said...

Great choice!

Sarah Landon
slandon9903(at)gmail(dot)com

StephanieJS said...

Such a great cause! It's near and dear to my heart because I have a friend who became a quadriplegic our Junior year in high school.

I loved the excerpt on your Facebook page, Marie! I can't wait for Monday.

Stephanie Staton
sjstaton@alumni.unc.edu

Anonymous said...

Great choice!! Perfect for Sam.

Patti Fleming
gfleming@comcast.net

Danielle Gorman said...

Great choice.

I can't believe it's already been two weeks. I am having so much fun coming on everyday and seeing the surprise winner. We should definitely do something like this again. So much fun and exciting.

Barbara said...

It is the right choice keeping true to Sam's love for her Dad, and Nick's respect for him. What a wedding this will be--can't decide what to wear.

formerteach said...

great charity! counting the hours!!! I can already hear the music in the church. . . .

Mary G said...

Awesome tough choice! They are all good causes.

Mary Grzesik
cmjg@rogers.com

Alison said...

Great choice! They are all good causes.

Alison Peterson
alisonlee_79@yahoo.com

limecello said...

Love this- all the charities were of course wonderful, but three has that special meaning for Sam. :)

oklanannie said...

Couldn't go wrong with any of the three choices. However, because of the relationship between Sam and her dad, this was one just seems to be the perfect choice!

Have a great holiday weekend everyone!

Anne Woodall
oklanannie@yahoo.com

Stacey said...

All so worthy and a wonderful gesture :)

michmcginty said...

All great choices!!

Michelle McGinty
michmcginty@gmail.com

Joy said...

Love the choices! Can't believe it's finally almost time to reveal. Thanks for such a fun ride, Marie!

Kay said...

Excellent choice..... and the free gift for this one is especially nice.

Kay Polt
kpolt@aol.com

Anonymous said...

I am soooooo excited!!! I can't wait!!! Great choice,

Mariann Mclaughlin
mariann76@comcast.net

Donna said...

Marie, could you provide a link for those of us who would also like to make a donation. This is a great charity. On bad days like today I remind myself I may have lost some of my abilities, but it could have been worse. I still have full mobility and can still do so many things others can't. And Thank you for writing such a strong disabled character into a book

Kara C said...

The best give away ever! Great idea, Marie! Can't wait for everyone to get to read this installment of the Fatal series. So fun!

Michelle said...

What a great idea! 3 really good choices :)

Michelle McMichael
mmcmichael79@googlemail.com

Karen C said...

Excellent choice and would have been my selection as well, even though the other two are very worthy.

Karen Cherubino
k.cherub(at)gmail(dot)com

Aly said...

I think this was the hardest thing to narrow down for me. There were so many quality organizations to choose from. And yes, I know that it was for a fictional story but I knew whichever organizations we picked would be in the spotlight for the readers and I wanted to make them matter...did that make sense? LOL!

Hope said...

It was a foundation that I greatly believe in and I knew Sam and Nick would also want to help benefit those that are like her dad. GREAT choice gals :)

Dru said...

Definitely a worthy charitable organization.

Mary G said...

It was a great idea Aly. Any mention brings publicity to a cause.

krisgils33 said...

awesome choice!

Julia said...

I remember I pick #3 donation! I'm glad that was winner pick from among us :)

Julia-Yen Pham
little12u_2000 AT yahoo DOT com

Jackie 0668 said...

A donation in honor of Sam's dad is the sweetest choice of the three. As a fellow Daddy' girl, I am sure there is nothing Sam wouldn't do for her Dad!

Beth-Ann Mason said...

Gotta go with #1. Police are oft forgotten unless they're called to put their lives on the line.

Great idea - awesome reveal! Thank you so much. :)

Jenn said...

That is nice and very kind.

Ronlyn said...

This one one of the most touching parts of the FATAL DESTINY wedding to me.
Kudos to all of you for picking the "Winner" out of these amazing organizations.

Virginia said...

Great choice, that is the one I would have picked myself number 3. My mother was paralized on one side, hers was due to a head injury though.

lead[at]hotsheet[dot]com

mommom62002@yahoo.com said...

Thought it was a beautiful choice

Melissa B said...

Terrific idea. Can't wait until Monday to visit Sam and Nick again!

Melissa Blubaugh
Mygolden2@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

all good chocies cant go wroing
great pirzes as always
thanks
kim h

JenM said...

These are all such great charities, but of course, it makes the most sense for it to be #3 in honor of Sam's dad. I do hope the mystery of his shooting is eventually solved.

Marie Force said...

And the winner of the $50 donation to the charity of her choice is....

Jackie0668

Contact me at marie@marieforce.com to claim your prize!

Marie Force said...

Donna asked me to post a link to the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation:

http://www.christopherreeve.org

Safari Poet said...

I liked the idea of donating in the name of each guest.

Petra
safaripoet@live.com