If you have not heard the official announcement – WE WON! The $50,000 does not go to me, but to us. What I mean by that is by voting for InvisiblePeople.tv you voted for your own neighborhood. Homelessness and poverty effects us all.
More so than the money we showed the world WE have a powerful network. WE can affect real change. YOU are all heroes. YOU did this. I want to thank each and every one of you that voted #refreshgary I am so very grateful that you believed in me enough to let your voice be heard.
Pepsi was wonderful in making this happen. I am extremely grateful that Gary Vaynerchuk picked me out of all the choices presented to him. I’m blown away how Beth Kanter, Jessica Gottlieb and Kevin Hendricks rallied everyone to beat the mighty power of Mashable. We were clearly the ‘underdogs’, but thanks to all of you – WE WON!
I must also thank Melissa “The Consumer Queen” Garcia and Sandy Jenney. They were just gorgeous hanging out by the Pepsi booth working together to get votes. Too me, they showed the true spirit of what this “challenge’ should be. The influencer working with the charity to win. Many of you may not know this, but at 11pm they asked their followers to vote for us.
There really are no words to express how grateful I am to every and every one of you. Please know I’m taking this very serious. I have started to put together an advisory team to help with a strategic plan and implementation. I will also be 100% transparent with the funds. I genuinely believe InvisiblePeople.tv is not only at the beginning stages of something big, I believe InvisiblePeople.tv is a nonprofit that benefits us all. I never once felt as if I owned anything. Yes, I may have started it, but it’s all your love and support that keeps InvisiblePeople.tv growing. Together WE are doing things in homeless services and social media that has never been done before! YOU are making this happen, and I am grateful.
Final video produced by Pepsi:
Video with Gary Vaynerchuk: