Dear Feingold Friends,

Chase Community Giving I'm writing this from the annual Feingold working conference in MD, and if anybody should ever tell you that they think you have to stop eating candy to go on the Feingold diet, I will tell you I have spent the last 2 days scarfing down some all-natural goodies to die for:
  • cotton candy
  • fudge
  • chocolate covered cashews
  • chocolate covered marshmallows
  • raspberry truffles
  • chocolate covered cookies
  • vanilla cookies with yellow icing
  • oatmeal bars
  • pound cake
  • blueberry muffins
  • cheese danish
  • jelly beans - red, white & blue
  • jelly beans - orange, black, pink, yellow
  • candy coated mints - pastels
  • candy coated almonds - pastels - Yes! exactly what my daughter was looking for, for her wedding party!! And available at the Squirrel's Nest!!
  • new Halloween candies
  • Sunspire M&M type candies
  • chocolate cake with yellow & white icing with tiny blue plastic pacifiers & diaper pins - because we had a surprise baby shower for our executive director, Debbie, who is a new grandma
The above treats (and real food like deli meats, turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce and much much more) were generously donated by Nancy (FAUS Board member) & Jim (FAUS Advisory Board member) Kemble of theSquirrel's Nest.

This bountiful feast made it possible for us to conscientiously go over every bit of our agenda for next year's plans.

And it didn't stop some of us from browsing until 1:00 a.m. this morning through 185 pictures of Prague where Kathy Bratby and her colleagues had been invited to present their professional papers last winter.

Meanwhile, I didn't nag all of you to get the vote out yesterday, and while we had reached a peak standing of #11, we have now slipped to 13. Not bad, of course, but we are 200 votes behind #12 and only 20 votes above #14 -- so we need your help more than ever!!

Some of you have expressed a worry that the Chase promise is a fraud - I have checked carefully, and verified that it is real. This contest is real. The $5 million is not a lot of money for a company that size to pay for advertising their name, and look how successful they are at keeping their name in our minds while we ourselves spread their name around.

In past contests, however, there was indeed fraud - by the winners and runner-ups, who accused each other of voting with fake names, and in fact using very non-creative names like Gxarvtqjkso.

While of course I want you and your friends to vote for us, please use integrity and good sense. Chase is connected to Facebook to keep track of voters so we only vote once, each, and it is their way of trying to keep us honest. If you have a friend without Facebook who wants to vote, you can help them to make a Facebook account. If they have no email, you can get one for them at or - but these are real email addresses and real accounts that your friends can use now or later when they have access to computers of their own, or at the library.

Chase Community Giving really does want to donate five million dollars ($5,000,000) to charities - the 200 who receive the most votes.

When you enter our name, write Feingold - and nothing else - in the box for "Charity Name."

The rest of this email is a duplicate
- or a reminder -
for any of you who have not received it before or forgot to read it.

Chase Community Giving wants to donate five million dollars ($5,000,000) to charities - to be divided among the 200 who receive the most votes.

A donation like this would enable us to more successfully reach the families who need us, as well as to provide more financial aid to those who can't pay the membership.

But the only way we can do it is with your personal help. Here is what to do:
  1. Go to this page.

  2. Log in to your Facebook account or sign up for one at the green "Sign Up" button. If you don't like Facebook, it's okay - you can't vote, but you can cheer on your friends and relatives who are able to vote.

  3. Back on the Chase page (see #1 above), type Feingold into the box that says "Charity Name." Do NOT type in any other word -- just "Feingold"

  4. Click "Search" and you will see some more boxes to search again, but ignore them and scroll down a little and you will find us, with the Riverhead address (it's our old address). Click on it.

  5. You will need to click a "Like it" button now (or before). Look for the "Like it" icon.

  6. When you click on the "Like it" icon, some words should come up to copy. This is called "verification."

  7. Occasionally, when you click the icon, it will just say "needs verification" but no words appear for you to copy. If you click on the link that says "needs verification" you may enter a loop that keeps repeating. This is some kind of glitch on the Chase site. Close the window and find a different "Like it" icon.

  8. Once that is all done, you should find a button that says either "Get Started to Vote" or "Vote now."

  9. VOTE (whew!)

  10. Post the link to your own Facebook or LinkedIn, etc. if you like.

  11. Tell your friends - you can forward this email.
Members have given us hints on how to know if your vote was counted, since the Chase website is less than clear about such things.

  1. Watch the total number of votes. If it goes up by one, that might be your vote being counted.

  2. Click on the link under the total number. It is called "View Top 200 Charities." Then click on the "MY VOTES" tab. You will see our Charity Name, its rank, and on the very right will either be the word "Thanks" or a green button that says "Vote."

  3. If you see "Thanks" then you voted. If you see the button, vote now.

Time is up on July 12 - we need your vote!

Let's see how high we can go!!

Thank you,

Shula Edelkind
Feingold Association