Canadian Club Winner…And A Surprise For Charity

by derek on December 17, 2008 · 16 comments

The contest to win a nice collection of Canadian Club Whisky schwag has come to an end and I have to say…
Damn Right It Was A Fun Contest!
The gift package, courtesy of Canadian Club Whisky, included the following Movember inspired schwag:

  • 2009 Canadian Club Calendar
  • Canadian Club Movember T-Shirt
  • Canadian Club Movember Flask Set
Movember Prize Package

The random number generator at has been called upon once again to select the winner of a contest, and a fine job it did in the selection process.
And the winner is…Frank Winter!
Congratulations Frank!
Now, you will recall that I had asked that everyone include their favorite charity as part of their contest entry. At the time, I didn’t really have any plans to do anything with that information but thought that it would be interesting to see the various charities that people support.
Surprise For Charity
After giving it some thought, I wanted to do something a little extra special with this contest. Therefore, I have decided to make a $100.00 donation to Frank’s favorite charity – The Salvation Army. This contest was all about the spirit of giving and doing what we can to help other people.
Through my involvement with Movember, I was able to raise over $200 for the Prostate Cancer Foundation. That in turn resulted in an opportunity to share a really cool gift package with a reader, and now I have a chance to share a little more by supporting the winner’s favorite charity.
This contest was a lot of fun, not to mention much more popular than I had originally thought. Thank you to everyone that entered. Please continue to do what you can to help support those less fortunate than yourself, and continue to come back here for more exciting information.

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Ryan December 17, 2008 at 8:44 pm

Congratulations Frank.
I think it’s only appropriate you sport an old-school ‘stache whenever you wear that shirt…
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derek December 17, 2008 at 11:03 pm

Lol, I should have requested that the winner provide a pic of themselves wearing the shirt with a retro ‘stache.


Steve@Trade Show Guru December 17, 2008 at 9:20 pm

Congrats to Frank, and the Salvation Army is an excellent charity. ~ Steve
PS. Derek, how many people were entered in the end?
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derek December 17, 2008 at 11:04 pm

After removing duplicate comments, I think there were a total of 99 entries.


Nicole Price December 18, 2008 at 7:53 am

How do you detect duplicates? Just in case I launch a contest!
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derek December 18, 2008 at 10:44 am

My normal process is to create a query on the Wordpress comments table to give me a listing of comments in chronological order. In my query, I use the “DISTINCT” clause to only count one comment from each reader, subsequent comments are not returned in the query.
With that query, I get my random number and then match that to the list of comments. At that point, you can name your winner, although I like to take one additional step.
Once I have the winner, I do a quick cross-reference to verify that the IP address of that comment is not used multiple times with different identities.


Nick@romandock dot com December 19, 2008 at 11:56 pm

Wow, that is certainly quite a few. How many were you estimating that you would get?
On this same topic, I’m almost glad for this contest to be over because I always “subscribe to follow-up comments” and was getting tons of excess email because of it 🙂
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derek December 20, 2008 at 10:59 am

Well, I was expecting maybe 30-40 entries tops as I didn’t really promote this contest other than making a mention on my other blog.
But it got picked up at (which is a great source to get more traffic to your contests) and that resulted in the increase.


Nick@romandock dot com December 20, 2008 at 10:56 pm

I’ll make a note of that site for the next time I run a promotion!
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Neil@PS3 December 18, 2008 at 12:58 am

Well Done Frank. Thanks for the competition Derek and good on you for the donation to what is a fantastic charity with all the work they do especially at this time of year.


Jessica W December 18, 2008 at 3:00 am

Congratulations to Frank. He got really great prize.
And i am very glad to see that his favorite charity also got noble help.
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Ling@Uptake December 18, 2008 at 5:47 am

Congrats to Frank. And that’s a very generous gesture from you, Derek, to donate $100 to the Salvation Army. In times like these, charities need all the help they can get.


Nicole Price December 18, 2008 at 7:54 am

Congratulations to Frank. I also like the charity chosen. The Salvation Army does some real good work.
Nicole Prices last blog post..Festive Gifts (Part II)


Justin@Airsoft Guns December 18, 2008 at 12:55 pm

The salvation army is a great charity, and I support them myself. I’m happy they got a donation out of this, and congratulations to Frank. I’m sure he’ll enjoy the gift!


Nick@romandock dot com December 19, 2008 at 11:58 pm

Congratulations Frank! That is very cool of you to donate the extra c-note like that Derek, it’s a great thing to do!
Nicks last blog post..Chrysler’s Temporary Plant Shutdown: My Quest For More Information – Part I


derek December 20, 2008 at 11:00 am

For the record, I have yet to hear from Frank and he has a few days left before I have to select an alternate winner.


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