holiday posts

Jan 30th 2012

Davis Schools Win Big with Patch

A few weeks ago, we announced that a family in Davis, CA, had won our first Deck the House holiday decorating contest, and from the moment we made it public, we couldn't wait to give away the actual prize: $100,000 to the local school district in Davis! Kristy and Jim Powell's spectacular decorating of their home, known as "Candy Cane Court," is what brought home the gold - and the green! - for their community, and Friday night's presentation of the prize was just as exciting for us as it was for the Powells and the Davis students!

Claudia Huapaya
from our marketing team (a veteran Patcher) was on hand in CA to lead the way and make sure the event went off without a hitch. It was really exciting, both for Claudia and for all of us here at Patch, to hear that so many people at the game knew about the contest and the upcoming check presentation. Superintendent Roberson and Trustee Sheila Allen took the court during halftime to accept the $100,000 from Davis Patch Local Editor Justin Cox and the Powell Family. Superintendent Roberson put it best when he held the giant check overhead and said, "Hey kids, this is for you!" The crowd went wild.

I know we're the ones who gave away the money, but honestly, we feel like we're the ones who took home the big prize. It means the world to us to be to able to give back in a big way; it goes right to our mission of serving our communities whenever and however we can. And hey, all the better when there's a giant check involved - who doesn't love those?! Congratulations to Davis Schools from everyone here at Patch!

Dec 8th 2011

Get Ready for the Holidays with Patch's "Deck the House" Contest

We couldn't be more excited about the launch of our new contest, Deck the House! In towns across America, residents are channeling their inner Clark Griswolds, and Patch is harnessing that holiday spirit by asking users to pull out the ladders and bring some holiday spirit to the neighborhood in the form of lawn reindeer, plastic Santas, and lights...and anything else that helps them "deck their houses"!

We're recognizing the best of these efforts, and perhaps most importantly, giving $100,000 to local public schools in the winning town. You can check out all the rules here, and we hope you'll submit your own photos and videos - and once the submissions start coming in, be sure to vote for your local favorites! Patch aims to bring neighborhoods together, and to give back in meaningful ways. This contest is an exciting and fun example of that, and of our commitment to support our communities in engaging ways Let the (reindeer) games begin!

Dec 7th 2011

Matt Damon Tells Kids to Give the Gift of Water

Wondering how you can make a difference this holiday season? Matt Damon goes undercover as Santa Claus in today's "You've Got..." video to encourage kids to use their Christmas wishes wisely and help those who need clean water.

Damon, along with co-founder of Water.org, Gary White, have previously shared their cause with the Huffington Post audience and in November we helped kick start their clean water movement with the launch of a new section of the Huffington Post, HuffPost Water. Dedicated to giving coverage to the cause, the doers, the solutions, and the discourse that is needed to change the world, HuffPost Water will help contribute to the creativity, innovation, and collective action that will allow us to achieve universal access to water and sanitation.

To find out how you can help the movement visit HuffPost Water or Water.org.

Nov 22nd 2011

Happy Holidays from Heidi Klum!

Just in time for the holiday season, "Heidi's Holiday Gift Guides" have officially launched! Users will now be able to get great gift advice straight from Heidi Klum. The guides are the perfect way to generate ideas for festive (and last minute!) gifts, and will transcend everything from accessories and make-up to lifestyle and sweet treats.

Consisting of 7-10 unique gift guides, the holiday campaign will run from today until January 2nd and is sponsored by Coty, a leading global beauty company. You can find all of the gift guides on http://heidiklum.aol.com/, in the site's "I Love" section, next to Heidi's regular "I Love" updates. The site launches today with "Gifts for Fitness Fanatics" and other examples will include, "Sweet Treats", "Last Minute Gifts", and "Few of Heidi's Favorite Things".

Happy Holidays!

Nov 8th 2011

Moviefone's Merry Movie Ticket Giveaway

Attention movie lovers: want to see The Muppets, Breaking Dawn, J. Edgar and more for free? We've got some exciting news for you! Moviefone is giving away thousands of FREE Movie Tickets all season long. Want to get your mittens on some? Visit Moviefone.com to enter and play our "scratch to match" game every day through the end of this year.

Happy holidays and good luck!

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