Photos from Bloggers Connect; Mary Pope-Handy and Frances Flynn Thorsen Win Project Blogger - but really, CARE does!

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Matt Heaton with The Nice Guys from Trulia

There was no shortage of laptops, tablets, blackberries and treos at Bloggers Connect

One of the many fine panels at Bloggers Connect

Pat Kitano, Dustin Luther, Robbin Tippons, Aneil Dash were on the panel for Blogs and Social Networking (host was Jessica Swesey from Inman)

The Project Blogger Mentors and Apprentices who were at Bloggers Connect waited to hear who would be announced as the winner

Joe, Fran, Mary, Tisza, Drew, Kevin and Ardell wait to see who will be announced as the winning team for Project Blogger. The Active Rain guys brought out a huge check, shrouded in cardboard, and showed the check to the audience before showing it to us....

Caleb Mardini announced that Frances Flynn Thorsen and Mary Pope-Handy win Project Blogger!!

The audience saw right away that the check for $5000 was made out to CARE. Joeann Fossland started screaming and clapping with wild abandon - that's when I knew that Fran and I really did win the Project Blogger Competition. It was not a shock as we had been in first place all along, but the contest was way too close to call.

Tisza Major-Posner had a few words to say about Project Blogger and what it meant to her.

Tisza thanked everyone and expressed how happy she was to have been a part of this amazing 4 month competition.  She really gave it her all!

Ardell DellaLoggia at Bloggers Connect, with pride in Kevin Tomlinson for his great efforts in the competition

And Ardell had a few words to say about Kevin Tomlinson and his hard work and successes in Project Blogger.

Frances Flynn Thorsen tells of the great work that CARE does to fight poverty and hunger around the world when we were given the check for the charity.

Frances Flynn Thorsen and I hold the check for CARE and she explains to the audience why the work of CARE is so vital, and how this donation from Inman News and Active Rain will make an enormous difference in the lives of many, many people.  (When I was asked how I did it, I joked, "obscessive compulsive?" but Fran's comments were the real deal - we were both very highly motivated to do our best for CARE. I should have said, "I need to thank Mr. Johsens and Mr. Scott from Saratoga High School for teaching me how to write well as I was growing up in Silicon Valley". They actually DO deserve a lot of credit.)

Mary Pope-Handy gets award for winning Project Blogger

What surprised me is that I also got an award (which they have back to engrave with my name). How nice is that? I was happy just to be there and see so many of my cool blogging friends, and tickled to have won, but didn't expect any lasting momento. Thanks, guys!

Mary Pope-Handy, Joeann Fossland, Frances Flynn Thorsen with the Project Blogger Awards

And Fran got one too!  Joeann Fossland put us together and she and Fran are very involved in the Web Women Giving Circle, which supports CARE.

Tisza wins a Tom Tom!

And Tisza Major-Posner won a Tom Tom just afterwards at a drawing upstairs (for "her Mel")

Ryan Slack of Property Shark with cousin Mary Pope-Handy, Realtor with Intero Real Estate Services in Los Gatos (and newly minted winner of Project Blogger)

And just after all of that fun, I got to see a cousin of mine who was in SF for Inman Connect - Ryan Slack of Property Shark. We had a nice visit between sessions.

So yes, playing with my friends in The City, attending great sessions at Bloggers Connect and meeting folks I "knew" online before getting to Bloggers Connect was all very cool. And it was nice to win, I'll admit it. But my fellow apprentices worked very hard and I learned a lot from them and EVERYONE who really worked at this contest did win in one way or another.

Thanks are in order:

Caleb MardiniCaleb Mardini gets thanks for a heroic amount of effort throughout (and for taking our fairly frequent gripes about this or that which hadn't gone exactly right).

Many mentors (esp Jeff Turner, also Ardell) warrant thanks, as do my fellow apprentices and some knowledgeable folks on the sidelines such as Maureen McCabe and Laurie Manny and Theresa Boardman (and the list should be longer but I'm afraid to come close to a comprehensive list for fear of missing someone...).

Thank you, Inman News, and thank you, Active Rain, for creating this wild ride we all just experienced. We all learned a ton. Thank you, Joeann Fossland, for introducing me to Fran. And Fran, many many thanks to you for your constant belief in me, encouragement and tips from the very beginning.

Thanks to my husband and kids for putting up with my diving into this perhaps too enthusiastically at times. They were ready for it to be over by Week 3 but hung in there.

Thanks to all who participated!

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Peggy Edwards
Future Home Realty - Westchase, FL
REALTOR - Green Designation, e-PRO, Tampa Bay, FL
Congratulations Mary and Fran for a job so well done.  CARE is a wonderful charity so there are LOTS of winners!
Aug 04, 2007 01:53 PM #1
Debi Braulik - Maple Valley, WA
Selling Maple Valley to Fife WA Homes For Sale
Congrats Mary. It was really nice meeting you at the Thirsty Bear!
Aug 04, 2007 02:25 PM #2
Jennifer Fivelsdal
JFIVE Home Realty LLC | 845-758-6842|162 Deer Run Rd Red Hook NY 12571 - Rhinebeck, NY
Mid Hudson Valley real estate connection
Congratulation Mary!!! from the pictures it looks like you all had a great time. 
Aug 04, 2007 02:26 PM #3
Mana Tulberg
805 County Real Estate - Camarillo, CA
Real Estate Agent - Camarillo CA

Mary, Mary, Mary....... Congratulations. I am so happy for you. CARE is a wonderful charity organization.


Aug 04, 2007 02:32 PM #4
ARDELL DellaLoggia
Better Properties Seattle - Kirkland, WA
Congratulations Mary and Fran and great that you could both be there to receive the award.
Aug 04, 2007 02:43 PM #5
Frances Flynn Thorsen
Cross Channel Marketing Consultants - State College, PA
Author | Educator | Custom Video Creator

Mary; What a treat to meet you in San Francisco!!!! And what a treat to meet the other contestants and coaches, the ActiveRain group, the Inman crew, and so many bloggers. It was a wonderful week. Next time I want to visit Los Gatos!!!!!

Aug 04, 2007 03:36 PM #6
Mary Pope-Handy
Sereno Group Real Estate - Los Gatos, CA
CRS, CIPS, ABR, SRES, Silicon Valley
Peggy, Debi Jennifer, Mana, Ardell and Fran - thanks all!!

I'm rushing as I'm just in from a totally fun 30th high school reunion and in 7 hours will be on a plane... aaugh what a week (and wrote an offer and am halfway thru a CMA). "Plan a vacation...." Anyway thanks all!!

Aug 04, 2007 05:28 PM #7
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher
Mary and Fran, a HUGE congratulations to both of you and to CARE and all the help they will be getting!  I love the pictures and Mary, you DO need a vacation!!  Best wishes to all....
Aug 05, 2007 02:21 AM #8
Joeann Fossland
Advantage Solutions Group - Tucson, AZ
Master Certified Coach to Motivated Agents

Mary, Love your pictures and THANKS AGAIN for all your hard work. Guess you know a little more about blogging now! Wonder what the next thing you want to learn about will be????  <G> You are truly amazing!!! Have fun at the reunion!

Aug 05, 2007 04:45 AM #9
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Dayton, OH

Mary- Again, congratulations! And thanks for all the pictures that help keep us enjoying the connect from afar.

One question: Is Caleb ever not smiling? Those are the whitest teeth!

Aug 05, 2007 06:16 AM #10
Mary Pope-Handy
Sereno Group Real Estate - Los Gatos, CA
CRS, CIPS, ABR, SRES, Silicon Valley
Carole I'm trying to take a vacation now (you can read how it started by visiting LIVE IN LOS GATOS :-)

It's been crazy, fun, harried, wild.... I will be relaxed by the end of this week, I hope!  (And hoping to meet Julie Ferenzi in a few days too!)
Aug 05, 2007 02:14 PM #11
Gary Bolen
McCall Realty - South Lake Tahoe, CA
CRS - Lake Tahoe Real Estate Information
More good photos. What fun. Am still kicking myself for not being there. Thanks again.
Aug 06, 2007 04:14 PM #12
Mary Pope-Handy
Sereno Group Real Estate - Los Gatos, CA
CRS, CIPS, ABR, SRES, Silicon Valley
Gary, next time!!  It'll be fun. I plan to be at the next one in SF :)
Aug 07, 2007 03:25 PM #13

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