The El Paso Symphony Youth Orchestras has been nominated as a finalist in a Facebook contest currently underway. The Clorox Clean-Up Power a Bright Future contest will award grants of $10,000 each, plus a feature in People magazine, to five children’s nonprofit programs throughout the country. In November, Clorox invited individuals to nominate programs by submitting a photo and short essay; submissions were reviewed by representatives from the National Education Association Health Information Network, Mom Central Consulting, and ExtraordinaryMommy.com. From nearly 5,000 submissions, 30 finalists were selected, ranging from El Paso Symphony Youth Orchestras to TFBC Inc./Camp Phoenix (a one-week camp for burn survivors aged 6 to 16) and Mountaineer Food Bank (a healthy-snack program for schoolchildren). The El Paso Symphony Youth Orchestras said that if it wins the $10,000 grant it will use the funds to help continue providing scholarships to needy students and to help defray the cost of students’ participation. During the voting phase, which runs through January 17, 2010, people can vote for their favorite organization daily. The five programs with the most votes will each receive the $10,000 grant. More information is available at www.facebook.com/cloroxcleanup.
Posted December 14, 2009