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Menu For Hope Extended until 12/31!

There's still time to win some really fabulous prizes, as our annual Menu For Hope. charity raffle has been extended until the very last moment of 2009. For anyone that doesn't read Vinography regularly, and may have missed all the hoopla thus far, menuforhope.jpghere's how it works. A $10 donation to the World Food Programme gets you a raffle ticket and a chance to win the item of your choice from one of hundreds of fantastic things around the world.

I am the host of the wine related prizes, of course.

Since I posted the original list, I've added several fantastic prizes, including:

- A spa vacation at Meadowood Napa Valley
- A magnum of Torbreck Wine from Australia
- A overnight stay in a B&B in Napa with a private wine tasting tour
- A cashmere and Cabernet combo

Plus, there are lots of other wine related items from other regions around the world.

What's more, the folks behind the scenes at A Menu For Hope have designed an incredibly cool bidding tool / donation wizard that eliminates the clunky copy/paste work that you normally have to do. Check it out. It's a one-stop shop for bidding on any raffle item, and it also shows which items have more bids, and which ones are receiving less attention (and you are therefore much more likely to win!).

For those of you that have already donated, thank you so much. Based on your generosity we have already raised more than $73,000 for struggling African farmers. For those of you who haven't yet donated, I would like to appeal to several of your key sensibilities. Please consider even a $10 donation, knowing that it might just land you a vacation, a case of wine, or anything else that you might enjoy.

Check out the full list of available prizes and help us out.

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