Friday, December 16, 2011

Mission Two Recepients Revealed!

Almost from the moment we had decided to do this as a 'Random Sequence' selection process, I think it is safe to say that we had some reservations about it. Not because of the fact that it leaves so many things in the hands of chance (as Special Needs parents I think we all have had just about enough of that thank you very much) but for a much more profound reason.

Because after you read people's STORIES, they always have an impact on you.

Should have known better. Like I always say...I get too wrapped up.

BUT...then you look at the flip side of it. Had this been a giveaway based on a person's story, I cannot imagine how difficult it would have been to actually CHOOSE. It would have been an almost Herculean effort to whittle it down to a mere two Recipients to receive the devices from such a deserving list of Applicants.

This will throw you for a loop, mainly those people reading who were around back when the original iPad Contest happened. You know the one I mean, the one that was held at 'that other place', the one that went wrong. The one that actually sort of led to the creation of this group.

This experience made me wonder about something. I've often wondered what happened to the person who was running that gig. Was he the real deal and did he just get in over his head? Or was this some kind of a James Ford thingamabob? A long con? I will never know. I CAN never know.

But I can tell you this. For the first time in this WHOLE chunk of time, I can see how easy it might be to start making promises you just can't keep, so that you don't hurt anybody. Believe me, I am not making any rationalizations or excuses for what happened over there...I'm only telling those who have been here from the beginning that when you do this kind of thing, on this side of the fence, you are afforded a perspective that gives you insight that you would not believe.

Things here, though, have to be different.

We can't make promises that we can't keep. We've got two iPads right now and only two.

But only right now.

So to those people who were not fortunate enough to finish in the top two slots let me say this...hang in there. We do plan to tackle a Mission 3. We do plan to make it much larger than Mission 2. The parameters will not be just a random thing either. And we do plan to do it with vigor and intensity.

And the best news of all is, fund-raising is not only already IN the works and happening behind the scenes, but Mission 3 will not have the gap between Missions that the first and the second one did. We plan to get started very quickly after the first of the year putting our third, and hopefully best thus far, effort forward.

But enough jibber-jabber. You want to know the results. And I am going to get to them, but there is one last piece of business to attend to. And it is very, very important.

There were 23 people, I refer to them for the sake of clarity as Applicants, who submitted entries. I was only able to accept 22 to submit to the Random List Sequencer to generate the Recipients.

I wrestled with this, and it was discussed internally at length, but the decision was made that we HAD to disqualify the last entry, since there was no valid e-mail address. That does not mean that Anthony would not be eligible to participate in any future giveaways here, but I had to be fair to the majority of the families on the list of Applicants.

In the rules it did state that a valid e-mail address was required, and many folks actually posted their e-mail in a follow-up because they forgot to do so, or e-mailed it to me privately, just to be sure. I didn't ask for much as far as entry qualifications, but if I had qualified that entry and it was one of the Recipients, I would have no leg to stand on if one of the other Applicants was upset that one of their qualifying entries had not been selected.

And putting the entry in decreases the odds for the other Applicants, all of whom met the Entry Requirements.

This was not an easy decision to make, and I do hope that there is a level of understanding about this. We had to do what we thought was the most fair to the most people.

The final list of Applicants was compiled and created in general order of submission and looked like this list below, with everyone assigned a Number.


This list was then taken to and I used the List Randomizer, which generated the following results:

That means that Daniel, whose mom Carolyn entered on his behalf and Helene, whose Mom Suzie entered on her behalf, are the Recipients for Mission 2. Congratulations to you both. Your iPads are going to be wrapped up today and shipped out if we can hear back from you and get all of your requested information. E-mails have been sent to you both right after this blog was published.

To all of the other Applicants. I am...pardon me...fumbling about, trying to figure out how to proceed with my words here. This is new, uncharted territory. It breaks my heart to not be able to turn around and say 'Hey! Wait! iPads for everybody!' What I wouldn't give for that kind of power. That kind of wealth and ability. I'm sorry that we couldn't help you this time, but I pray, with all my heart, that there will be a next time.

So please, like I said, hang tight. Another Mission is around the corner, and frankly? You're're children are my inspiration to work that much harder to make this group grow into something bigger, something that we can serve more people in this community. Thank you so much for sharing them with everyone.

I hope you all have a fantastic holiday season, full of joy, love and most of all...hope.


On behalf of:
The Mission: iPossible! Group


Justine said...

You're awesome Ken. I love seeing your heart and your perspective. Thank you.

And Congratulations to the recipients! You will LOVE the iPad!!!

Emilia said...

Congratulations to the recipients! The iPads are going to make such a difference for your children! And thank you Ken for everything that you are doing!

Carolyn said...

On behalf of Daniel and myself, thank you from the bottom of my heart! We've had a lot of challenges to deal with this year, and to end it on this high note is absolutely wonderful. I can't wait to get to work with this amazing tool and see how it works for Daniel. Thanks for making this happen for us!

Carolyn and Daniel Murray

The VW's said...

Congrats to Daniel and Helene!

And, Thanks again for this wonderful opportunity!

Happy Holidays to you too!!!

Sweet Pea's Mommy said...

Congrats to the winners and a huge thank you to Ken for doing so much for our community!

Happy Holidays!

blogzilly said...

I always have to do this, because, well, I just do, but remember, I just handle the writing on the blog, so it tends to fall to me, but we can't forget the others involved here.

After Mission One ended, Heather remained with us and she is still an integral part of the ongoing is Heather who was solely responsible for the procurement of the 2 iPads for this particular Mission. I had zero, nadda, zilch, to do with getting them.

So it's always a group effort, and we have added a third person, a newbie, to the mix that we will intro soon and we will soon be looking to expand the roster, so the group will always be growing. :)

Thanks for being so kind, though, I do appreciate it.

Anna said...

To everyone at Mission: iPossible- thank you for an opportunity to win. And the heart, well, you can see how much yall care about our little ones, our families.... our stories. Thank you for handling it all with care. The hardest part would be for our need to be exploited, its hard enough to be in our shoes. I find really laying it all out on the line and asking for help is hard. I am thrilled for the winners!May they be truly blessed by your generosity. Happy Holidays!

Laura said...

The fact that two precious children are able to receive these gifts is very exciting (plus the previous recipients!). Feel great about your ability to facilitate things and relish what has been accomplished. There may be more to do for special needs children but each victory should be celebrated. If only.... can wait for another day. Congrats all around to recipients, givers and those working to make it happen.

stephanie said...

Congratulations to the winners!!!! Enjoy!!

Thanks Ken and Heather! ;)

JennH76 said...

Congrats to the winners! I wish the best for you and your lovely children. Happy Holidays!

Cathy C said...

Congratulations Daniel and Helene! I hope these iPads open a whole new world up for you. Merry Christmas.

Thank you Mission iPossible for the opportunity to be in the drawing. It is a wonderful thing you are doing.

Cathy and Jake

kellys said...

Ken, you and Heather continue to amaze me! You are doing good in our world, so please remember that. More doors will open, and you will be able to proceed with Mission 3... Congratulations to the recipients!

Sherry C said...

What a great way to end the year and start the next!!! Congratulations to the winners!!!

blogzilly said...

Hoping that the two Recipients receive their iPads this week. I know that Daniel won't get his until Wed-Thursday. Not sure on Helene. And then we'll have to get the pictures in.

As soon as that happens we'll get their 'iPosts' up and added to the sidebar.

Can't wait! :)

Anonymous said...

Congratulations to Daniel and Helene. What a wonderful thing to do, thank you Ken. I wish everyone a safe and happy 2012!