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The Other Top Entries

 

Have you wondered "who are the entries in the Toyota Sponsafier 3 contest that are getting the most votes?".

Well I have. Toyota has stumbled onto a very fun way to advertise via their very popular Sponsafier contests. While the official advertising campaign features humorous commercials of drivers wearing pink sdriving suits and driving cars adorned with bunnies and unicorns as designed by a precocious little girl to embarrass a particular driver, the actual cars that get the most popular votes are inevitably cars which represent tributes, messages, causes and charities. See also the Yahoo! Sports article Charities sponsify for the NASCAR Nation for another look at this perspective on the Toyota Sponsafier 3 contest.

My own personal opinion ... Toyota should divide this contest into two distinct groups:

1. charities, tributes, causes and messages
2. pink bunnies and creativity with no particular message

The two groups should each receive votes with a grand prize winner awarded to each group. The two groups should not compete with another in voting.

A look at the current top ten vote getters. The opinions expressed are my own. The links provided do not necessarily represent the official endorsement of a Sponsafier entry by any particular group or organization, but are the result of a little bit of google searches done on my part. Note .... often one member of a group may submit an entry and then post *Vote For My Car* messages on the larger group's website(s).





NOT FORGOTTEN
The car is adorned with the names of wars and the number of U.S. MIA and POW numbers associated with those wars. I could find no official group that may have made have submitted this entry, but the numbers on the racecar and shown below were obtained from the Rolling Thunder websites, the organization that rolls through Washington D.C. on motorcycles on Memorial Day each year in tribute to our fallen service men and women.

POW-MIA Totals from US Wars
WWI 3,345
WWII 78,572
Korea 8,106
Vietnam 1,712
Iraq 1
Afghanistan 1



LYME DISEASE AWARENESS
There are both a dotORG and a dotCOM website associated with this entry. Also a facebook page which is heavily promoting "Lyme Disease Aweareness".

http://lymediseaseawareness.com/
http://lymediseaseawareness.org/
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Lyme-Disease-Awareness/19031628966

This site was created to help people searching for answers about Lyme Disease find them. Lyme Disease is a very serious disease and Awareness & Prevention are very important in keeping yourself & your loved ones safe! Nature is Beautiful & We all love to spend outdoors enjoying various activites, but we all need to learn how to protect ourselves from Lyme Disease. This site is here to help people learn prevention & what to do if you or a loved one unfortunately contracts the disease.


TEAM HOPE
There are multiple websites associated with raising awareness of Huntington's Disease, national and regional.

http://www.hdsa.org/teamhope.html
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Huntingtons-Disease-Society-of-America/24739423015

The TEAM HOPE car is sponsored by
Huntington's Disease Society of America and multiple sub-chapters, and one of their members has submitted 5 entries this year:

TEAM HOPE
FAITH & HOPE
HD ANGELS
CURE JHD
NYA HDSA

Last year they submitted two (2) entries, one of which ended up in 2nd place out of the first round popular votes. Some of their own supporters are questioning the wisdom of submitting multiple entries supporting the same cause and potentially dividing up their own votes through voter confusion.

From their website(s):
What is Huntington's Disease?

Huntington's disease is a hereditary, degenerative brain disorder that results in a loss of cognitive, behavioral and physical control - presently, there is no treatment or cure. HD slowly diminishes the affected person's ability to walk, think, talk and reason. Symptoms usually appear in an individual between 30 and 50 years of age and progress over a 10 to 25 year period. Although symptoms often present themselves in the prime of life, HD is not only an adult's disease. Children as young as two have been diagnosed with HD. Those diagnosed with juvenile HD rarely live beyond their teens. Eventually, anyone affected by HD becomes totally dependent upon others for care. More than 30,000 people in the U.S. currently are diagnosed with HD. Each of their siblings or children has a 50 percent chance of developing the disease. Although medications can relieve some symptoms in some individuals, research has yet to find a means of conquering, or even slowing, the deadly progression of HD.


911 DISPATCHERS
A very large membership facebook page (74,000+ *likes*) serves as a community board for 911 Dispatchers nationwide. Their racecar entry is promoted on this facebook page.

http://www.facebook.com/pages/911-Dispatchers/159152490849

From the above facebook page:
A TRIBUTE TO DISPATCHERS

By Chief Thomas Wagoner, Loveland Co. PD

Someone once asked me if I thought that answering telephones for a living was a profession. I said, "I thought it was a calling."And so is dispatching. I have found in my law enforcement career that dispatchers are the unsung heroes of public safety. They miss the excitement of riding in a speeding car with lights flashing and sirens wailing. They can only hear of the bright orange flames leaping from a burning building. They do not get to see the joy on the face of worried parents as they see their child begin breathing on its own, after it has been given CPR.

Dispatchers sit in darkened rooms ..... (read more)


TERRI'S FIGHT
I do not know who submitted this Sponsafier entry, but it is promoted on the following facebook page:

http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=19783819764

Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Network
The mission of the Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Network is to develop a national network of resources and support for the medically-dependent, persons with disabilities, and the incapacitated who are in or potentially facing life-threatening situations.

Promoting a Culture of Life, “Terri’s Network” embraces the true meaning of compassion by opposing the practice of euthanasia.

The Terri Schiavo case was a legal battle between the husband and the parents of Teresa Marie "Terri" Schiavo that lasted from 1998 to 2005. At issue was whether the equipment that had been used to sustain her life since 1990 – specifically a feeding tube – should be disconnected, thereby allowing her to die.


IN MEMORY OF JESSICA II
In memory of a fallen Virginia State Trooper.

http://www.odmp.org/officer/15039-trooper-ii-jessica-jean-cheney

As the racecar name indicates, this is the second entry in memory of Jessica Cheney. An entry last year was one of the top popular vote getters as well.

Virginia State Trooper Jessica Cheney was killed while directing traffic at the scene of an accident on US Route 1, near State Route 630, in Stafford County.

She was transported to a local hospital where she succumbed to her injuries a short time after undergoing surgery. She was a former dispatcher at Division I in Richmond, and was assigned to Division II following graduation from Trooper Basic School.

Trooper Cheney had served with the agency as a trooper for 2 years. She is survived by her parents and sister. Her mother is a dispatcher with the department, her father is a sworn member of the agency, and her sister is a dispatcher with a neighboring police agency.


FREESTATEPROJECT
This to me is the most interesting Sponsafier entry, and on the surface seems to violate the contest rules.
e.g. "You agree that you will not use any submissions to post or communicate any item which: Promotes ..... any particular political agenda or
message;"

I will not judge an entire organization or group by statemenst made on a facebook page by individual over zealous members, but I did find some posts that seemed to want not only to vote for their entry to promote their message, butv also to "vote for any other entries that would knock the IN MEMORY OF JESSICA II entry out of the top ten" ... presumably because this tribute car to a fallen police officer represented something that the Free State Project is against, government intrusion and the STATE POLICE car offends in some way.

Information about the The Free State Project can be found at the following websites where this Sponsafier image was promoted.

http://freestateproject.org/
http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=2204983906&v=wall&viewas=0

From the above websites .....
Are you frustrated at the loss of freedom and responsibility in America, while the growth of government and taxes continues unabated? Do you want to live in strong communities where your rights are respected, and people exercise responsibility for themselves and in their dealings with each other?

If you answered "yes" to those questions, then the Free State Project has a solution for you.

What the Free State Project is... The Free State Project is an effort to recruit 20,000 liberty-loving people to move to New Hampshire. We are looking for neighborly, productive, tolerant folks from all walks of life, of all ages, creeds, and colors who agree to the political philosophy expressed in our Statement of Intent, that government exists at most to protect people's rights, and should neither provide for people nor punish them for activities that interfere with no one else.

When you sign our Statement of Intent, you signal your commitment to move to the chosen free state, New Hampshire, within five years of obtaining 19,999 other people who commit to move.

What the Free State Project is not... We are not a political action organization. We are not tied to any political party or organization; we do not run candidates for election, we do not financially support or endorse candidates, and we do not oppose or endorse legislation. All these things will be done by local activist organizations with which many Free Staters are involved.


CHELSEA'S HOPE
My personal favorite. A tragic story to be certain, but this entry is raising awareness and hope in the a positive way.

http://chelseashope.org/

HISTORY OF CHELSEA'S HOPE

In 2007, Chelsea's Hope was born of love, frustration, sadness, fear and ultimately HOPE.

As we, Chelsea's parents, watched Chelsea lose more and more of herself to a disease that is merciless and ultimately totally devastating, we realized to passively sit and watch our child slowly die was not an option.

Out of our helplessness to battle this incurable disease alone, we sought the world's leading experts. Out of our desperation, isolation, and need to communicate, we sought the internet. Out of our powerless feeling and our need to be empowered, we created Chelsea's Hope Lafora Children Research Fund.

Within this community, sorrow and grief was shared, information was gained, families bonded, friendships blossomed and together we are empowered with hope.

WHAT IS LAFORA

Lafora Disease, also called Lafora Progressive Myoclonus Epilepsy, is a rare progressive and degenerative form of epilepsy that strikes children usually between the ages of nine and fourteen.

Symptoms become increasingly worse within a short period of time, and include grand mal and absence seizures, myoclonic jerks, cognitive decline, difficulty walking (ataxia), severe hallucinations and dementia, eventually leading to death within ten years of onset. It currently has no cure.


LOVE YOU DAD
I could find no additional information about this entry, and emotional tribute to a father.

In Loving Memory of Joel Zimmery


NASCARITAVILLE
http://www.PartiesThatMatter.org
http://facebook.com/PartiesThatMatter
http://www.NASCARITAVILLE.com
http://facebook.com/NASCARITAVILLE

Our entry which promotes awareness of the parrothead charity organization Parties That Matter and the message that parrotheads know how to "Party With A Purpose". Following our credo of "Sharing so that others may live.".

Unique in our message and approach to fund raising .... and the ability to divert assistance to deserving individuals with a personal touch.