Announcing the Spring 2017 Social Media Charity Contest
As a double board-certified plastic surgeon, I have the privilege of spending every day helping my patients gain newfound confidence in their appearance. There’s just nothing like seeing a patient look in the mirror (which used to be a stressful experience for them) and smile. But to truly fulfill my passion for giving back to my community, I want to help people who are beyond the reach of my plastic surgery services, too. That’s why, for several years, I’ve been holding social media charity contests so that my patients and supporters can help to find deserving local organizations who can do great work with my donations. And this week, my latest contest has just begun.
My charity contest includes a few stages:
- Until Friday, April 28th, 2017, anyone who “likes” and follows the John L. LeRoy, MD Facebook page can comment on the post at the top of the page to nominate their charity of choice. Our theme for the current contest is “children’s charities,” so nominated organizations should serve children in some capacity.
- Between April 28th and May 1st, I will review the nominees and select up to four finalists.
- From May 1st, 2017 through May 12th, 2017, anyone can vote on a winning children’s charity using the poll that will be on my Facebook page. Each person will only be able to vote once.
- On May 15th, 2017, I will announce the winning organization on my Facebook page, and they will receive a donation of $1,000 to continue their valuable service to the community.
How to Get Involved
The nominations have already begun, so be sure to head to my Facebook page and enter yours! Just make sure your nomination meets these criteria:
- The organization must belong to the designated category—the Spring 2017 category is “children’s charities” (any charity that benefits children). Organizations in other categories will not be eligible to win.
- The charity must hold a 501(c)(3) non-profit distinction or be a valid and charitable crowdfunding page.
- The charity must be in Georgia.
- The nominator must be at least 16 years of age.
- Each nominator may only nominate one children’s charity.
- The charity must contribute to a greater good, identifiable through a published mission statement.
- The charity may not be a previous charity contest winner (recent winners include Remembering Ruthie Rescue, Calvary Children’s Home, Little Nuggets Rescue, The Mastocytosis Society, and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital).
Giving back to those in need is such a moving experience, but there are just so many organizations in Georgia who are doing exceptional and necessary work. To everyone who has participated in my current charity contest or in any of my past ones, and to all of my valued plastic surgery patients who have enabled me to pursue opportunities like this, thank you for helping me find and support the fantastic organizations right in our own backyard.