Posted on | December 7, 2012 | No Comments
We’re just over halfway through our fundraiser — and not quite halfway to our fundraising goals. Folks keep asking this: Where’s that best odds list? I’ve been waiting for that best odds list. Well, you got it. Go mess with the math, why don’t you, and prove us wrong on these excellent prizes that are a little underappreciated. Denver is cool now! You’ve been wanting a new camera bag! And ooooh, Swarovski… sparkly! Mash the giant DONATE button and go shopping.
Travel — stays, vouchers, deals
- $200 voucher toward flights on Skyscanner
- Italy travel coaching – 7 days
- One-Night Stay at Hotel Monaco (Old Town Alexandria, VA)
- Hyatt Nights in Downtown Denver
- SoCal Fabulous: Lake Arrowhead Vacation
- Gateway to the Blues Getaway
- Stay in Sun Valley resort, Idaho
- Great Alaskan TourSaver
- Granbury Texas Getaway Package
Gear — clothing, bags
- Kaenon Sunglasses, UPD Frames
- Magellan eXplorist 710
- Eagle Creek Afar Backpack
- Womens Scotteevest
- Urban Disguise 35 V2.0 Shoulder Camera Bag
- One pair of Therafit shoes
- The Bedford Bag & Tee Shirts
- f-stop Gear Smokey Mountain Camera Bag
- Ergobaby Carrier and Travel Pack
- Three Sets of Live Ukulele Rock and Roll
- Swarovski Claddagh Jewelry Earrings and Pendant Set
- AutoPano Giga 2.6 Professional Panorama Software
- Sterling silver vitrine locket
Image: Horses Racing by rogerblake2 via Flickr (Creative Commons)
Posted on | December 7, 2012 | No Comments
As we enter the last five days of the fundraiser, you have helped raised over $35,000! That’s huge! We believe we can make our $100,000 goal with your help. We know you’ve been hard at work getting the word out, encouraging others to donate and we want to take a moment to say THANK YOU. Thank you from us at the PwP virtual headquarters and thank you from Water.org. Here’s a note from Nicole Wickenhauser, Senior Development Manager at Water.org:
The outpouring of support for Passports with Purpose’s fundraiser to bring clean water to impoverished communities in Haiti has been tremendous and inspiring. As I was thinking through what to highlight in this post, Margaret Mead’s famous quote kept coming to mind, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”
This is certainly true of the four women (Debbie, Pam, Michele, and Beth) who conceived of and launched Passports with Purpose. It stemmed from their desire to help others and what was just an idea five years ago has grown into an annual event that has improved the lives of people in need around the world. It has succeeded because of the support of other committed citizens around the globe, from travel bloggers, to media, to corporate supporters, to the countless individuals who are engaging their own circles to participate and make a difference.
The communities in Haiti that Water.org works with also prove the truth of Margaret Mead’s saying.
Community leadership and ownership is at the heart of all Water.org’s programs, and nowhere does this hold truer than in Haiti. At Water.org we often find ourselves explaining “drilling a well is the easy part.” Drilling a well takes a couple of days, but laying the social groundwork necessary to sustain the system in the long-term takes much longer.
To start at the beginning of the project timeline, it is actually the communities themselves that take the initiative and apply to Water.org for a new well. Once approved, they are involved in every step of the process. They elect a local water committee, with each member holding a different and important role. They agree ahead of time where the well will be located, how much to charge for its use, how much to put aside for maintenance, how often to collect fees, and how to handle the multitude of other questions associated with the well’s successful maintenance and use. (Read stories from Haitian communities.)
In the end, what communities gain is the capacity to work together for change; and this extends far beyond the well, to the next challenge they will tackle together. And their example serves as a catalyst for the neighboring community, and then the next. Working together, first in our own circle, and then rippling out – is how we’ll change the world.
I invite you check out this 4-minute “A Promise to Haiti” video that highlights Water.org’s work and the difference your contribution makes. Thank you everyone for your role in the Passports with Purpose fundraiser!
Remember, donations for one of the amazing prizes ends on December 11 at 11:59 pm EST, but we’ll still continue to take donations for Water.org into the new year. THANK YOU!
Posted on | December 5, 2012 | No Comments
We’ve already heard from Expedia and some our other sponsors for our 2012 fundraiser; today it’s Tripit’s turn. Tripit offers online and mobile tools to help you organize your travel itineraries simply by using your flight, rental car, and hotel confirmation emails. Below Director of Public Relations Amy Jackson shares why Tripit is participating in Passports with Purpose and how they are offering a chance to raise even more money to build wells in Haiti. Thanks so much Amy.
When I first saw this video of the Passport with Purpose team’s visit to Zambia, I was surrounded by a tight knit community of travel bloggers and towering mountains in Keystone, Colorado. I don’t know if it was the deep sense of camaraderie or inspiring landscape, but the scene with the Zambian kids singing in their new library really spoke to me.
I was inspired to get TripIt involved in Passports with Purpose, and that initial spark ignited at the TBEX conference grew into something larger when an entire team of people started brainstorming back at our office in San Francisco.
In addition to joining as a sponsor, we imagined what could happen if we rallied thousands of global employees within Concur to get involved. So we’re sending each and every one a holiday package with instructions on how to donate and to help spread the word about Passports with Purpose.
We also wanted to make it easy for passionate travelers within the TripIt community to help. So we created a way for an additional 5-dollar donation to be made to Passports with Purpose for every gift of TripIt Pro that’s purchased at http://tripit.com/gift by December 15, 2012. When a traveler gives the gift of peaceful travel to another traveler, we give to Passports with Purpose.
We’re honored to be involved in such a worthy cause, where travelers have the opportunity to give back. And I personally can’t wait to see the video of families receiving clean water from the wells built in partnership with Water.org.
Photo courtesy of Water.org.
Posted on | November 29, 2012 | No Comments
We’re absolutely thrilled to officially be up and running in our fifth annual Passports with Purpose fundraiser! This year, our goal is to raise $100,000 to build five wells in two communities in Haiti with Water.org. Check out the amazing prizes being offered by our community of travel bloggers from around the world. For each $10 donation, you get to bid on a prize of your choice, ranging from hotel stays, travel packages and gear to tours, gift certificates and electronics. Your donation will help fund the wells that will bring clean water and so much opportunity to Haiti. You can bid on prizes until December 11 at 11:59 pm PST and we’ll announce the prize winners on December 18. It’s a great place to start your holiday shopping – as you can gift a prize if you win (but we wouldn’t blame you if you wanted to keep it for yourself).
If this is the first time you’re visiting Passports with Purpose and you want more information about who we are, how the fundraiser works and a look at past projects, this video and an interview co-founder Pam Mandel did with Frommer’s Travel are two great places to start.
Posted on | November 28, 2012 | No Comments
We’re so grateful to Expedia, this year’s platinum sponsor of the Passports with Purpose fundraiser. Here’s what they have to say about why they’re partnering with us and Water.org to build five wells in Haiti.
It may be the most integral, yet most overlooked part of our lives. Almost all of us begin the day with it, whether it’s taking a shower
or using it to start a pot of coffee. The rest of the day you may see us carrying a bottle of it around and using it to hydrate at the gym. The end of the day you may then see us having a glass of it at dinner, followed by pouring a glass of it at bedtime. It’s not just water, but safe water. Yet as important as it is in our own daily lives, many people around the world don’t have such easy access to it. It’s for this, and many other reasons, that as a Platinum sponsor of Passports with Purpose, Expedia is thrilled to be partnering with PwP, travel bloggers from around the world, and Water.org to help bring clean water to those who need it.
For many travelers, the Caribbean is paradise, where miles of sandy beaches, chic hotels, and turquoise waters await them. We’d be lying if we said that it wasn’t one of our favorite vacation spots. It’s not a place we need an excuse to go visit. However, for most people in Haiti, what’s an everyday part of many of our lives, is an elusive luxury for them.
In Haiti, nearly half of the residents don’t have a local sour
ce for accessing safe water, with even more people being without a sanitary toilet. In many cities, such as Port-au-Prince, residents have to walk great lengths to a nearby water tank to fill up a water jug to serve as their water for the day. Often this water is contaminated, affecting women and children the most, making them susceptible to diseases as a result of unsafe water.
This is where Water.org comes in. As Water.org outlines on their website, their vision is for “the day when everyone in the world can take a safe drink of water.” The nonprofit organization has been working with communities in Africa, Asia, and Central America to provide access to sanitary water for over 20 years. Yes, it’s providing water, but more then that, it’s providing opportunity, as safe drinking water has strong implications on families, personal well-being and health, education, and more. Providing sanitary water sources isn’t just a quick fix, but with Water.org’s approach, a long-term solution to empower local communities.
One thing that we at Expedia have come to realize about travel is that it goes beyond the surface of a place. Every trip is unique and personal, with each time we step foot on a plane offering the opportunity to find out something new about the world and ourselves. 2012 has seen Expedia invest more in the online travel community to help uncover and tell those unique travel stories. We see our sponsorship with Passports with Purpose as an extension of that. As we’ve partnered more with travel bloggers, we’ve been inspired by the work of Passports with Purpose to partner with travel bloggers to help communities around the world. We are eager to work with them and travel bloggers to reach the $100,000 goal to enable Water.org to help communities in Haiti by building new wells. Join us in this year’s Passports with Purpose fundraiser to help provide new opportunities for the people and communities of Haiti!
Photo credit: Water.org
Posted on | November 26, 2012 | No Comments
There is so much going on behind the scenes here at Passports with Purpose as we get ready to launch our 2012 fundraiser on November 28. We’ve got bloggers lining up some fantastic prizes and we can’t wait to share them.
And lucky for us, we’ve also got the best sponsors a travel blogging fundraiser could ask for. We certainly wouldn’t be able to reach our goal of raising $100,000 to build two wells in Haiti with Water.org without them.
A couple of weeks ago we asked some of our bloggers to share their reasons for participating in our annual fundraiser. This week we’re turning the spotlight on our sponsors, who have some equally amazing reasons for doing what they do. But enough from us – let’s see what they have to say:
Rick Calvert, CEO, TBEX
TBEX is very proud to be a sponsor of Passports with Purpose. Their mission of giving back to the places travelers visit promotes a spirit of learning, giving and understanding between cultures. It allows travel bloggers from around the world to come together as a community for a common purpose. In short Passports with Purpose represents everything good in travel blogging.
Samuel and Peter Daams, Founders, Travellerspoint
How could we not support our favourite blogging initiative yet again in 2012?! Travellerspoint has been blessed by the kind words of many a blogger through the years, and supporting Passports with Purpose is an easy way for us to say thank you to all the bloggers involved, while doing some good at the same time. Really it’s win-win-win, and more companies with far larger budgets than ours should get behind this!
Preeti Vadgama, Online Marketing Assistant, HostelBookers
HostelBookers is delighted to be sponsoring Passports with Purpose and to be involved with such an important initiative. The money they are looking to raise will help this worthy organization to achieve their compassionate task to build water wells in Haiti and make more people aware of the water crisis around the world.
Paul Anderson, Marketing Director, GoWithOh
Passports with Purpose is a project that we’re really happy to support. It’s a great chance to work with our blogger friends on a truly worthwhile cause. What better way to show our appreciation of the world we love to travel?
See why we love these companies? We’re so grateful not just for their ongoing support and generosity but for the fact that they truly understand what it means to be a traveller and global citizen. And we hope you’ll check out their services, whether you’re looking for holiday apartments in Europe, hostels around the world, a conference for bloggers, writers and new media content creators or a huge online community of like-minded travelers.
Photo of family collecting water in Haiti courtesy of Water.org
Posted on | November 21, 2012 | No Comments
We recently asked some of our bloggers to share why they participate in Passports With Purpose and found ourselves engaged in a longer conversation with Barbara Weibel who publishes Hole in the Donut Cultural Travel. We loved what she had to say about giving back, and are so pleased that she agreed to share it with you here. Thanks Barbara.
The issue of giving back is a thorny subject for me. Maybe it’s just because I’m getting older, but over the past few years I’ve looked back over my life and found it lacking in philanthropic efforts. I spent years in corporate life making lots of money but never volunteered or helped those in desperate need. When late-night TV commercials broadcast pictures of starving children in Africa I told myself that donations to developing countries rarely made it to those they sought to help. And I ignored solicitations from well-known charitable organizations, certain that much too high a percentage of their revenues were allocated to administrative costs.
At the height of my unhappiness – with my life, my job, my greediness – I contracted a serious disease and considered the possibility that I might die without doing any of the things I had always wanted to do. I promised myself that, if I recovered, I would walk away from everything to pursue what I love: travel, writing and photography. A year later, fully recovered, I did just that. Unfortunately, I did so at the height of the real estate crash and lost everything – all those years of work with nothing to show.To assuage my guilty conscience, I dropped a handful of coins into the Salvation Army bucket at Christmas, donated clothes to Goodwill, and allowed my company to automatically deduct a small amount from each paycheck for Children’s Miracle Network. Inwardly, I condemned my greed, but fear that I would not have enough money to retire comfortably was a much stronger master.
Strangely, the loss of material possessions was freeing. I loved my new life and even though I had to scrape nickels together to stay on the road I started looking for ways to give back. I researched local NGO’s but found many of them to be corrupt; instead I settled for helping individuals I met during my travels. I knew there had to be worthy charities but when it came to choosing which to support I floundered, lacking both ability and time to vet the myriad organizations. Thankfully, Passports with Purpose has provided me with the ideal solution. Not only do I have complete confidence that their annual beneficiaries are fully researched, I take great delight in the fact that this effort is mounted and carried out through the joint efforts of travel writers.
Recently, I answered a request for quotes about why people support PwP. I commented, “I’m still struggling with shame about how little I did during the days when I could have really made a difference. What I do now is so small, but at least it’s something.” One of the Passports With Purpose foundersBeth Whitman emailed me back, saying, “What you do now is NOT small. Like snowflakes – it all adds up. I mean, this thing happens in $10 increments, you know? The vast majority of our funds come in that way. It’s all important.” She is right, of course.
Posted on | November 5, 2012 | No Comments
One of the things that makes our fundraiser special is the participation by a huge number of travel bloggers from all walks of the travel spectrum – from backpackers to eco-travelers to family travelers to foodies, our bloggers are diverse, interesting, and committed to making the world a better place.
This year we thought we’d ask both some travel bloggers who are new to the fundraiser as well as some experienced PWPers to share why they signed up to support Passports With Purpose. Not surprisingly, the answers they gave are as diverse as they are. But don’t let us tell you that – please read for yourself.
Here’s what some of our first-time bloggers have to say about helping us raise money for Water.org to build wells in Haiti:
Bret Love, Green Global Travel
We’re big on charity work. In addition to our private donations, we’ve used GGT to promote non-profits such as Heifer International, WWF, Defenders of Wildlife, and more. We even started a Facebook group called Travel Bloggers Give Back to encourage more bloggers to use their platforms to promote charitable causes.
But this is the first year we’ve joined Passports With Purpose, and the reason we’re doing it is simple. Water.org is a great charity dedicated to solving one of the world’s most important problems: The global water crisis. People are literally dying in developing nations because they can’t get fresh water. Children are infected with terrible diseases because the water they do have access to isn’t sanitary. Every human being needs clean water to survive and, in raising money for this important cause, PWP is showing that bloggers can use our voices to make the world a better place.
Mike and Luci, 1000 Places to Fight Before You Die
Water: it’s so overrated….said no one ever! We are excited to participate in our first Passports with a Purpose. The synergy created by this project within the traveling blogging family is inspiring. Finally something we can agree on.
Dave Parfitt, Adventures by Daddy
As an academic, traveler, and travel blogger, I’ve had the privilege to live and travel in numerous cities around the world, and one quickly sees the importance of clean, safe water to our health. Although my travel blog is new, as soon as I heard Passports With Purpose was raising money for Water.org, I knew I had to participate. I consider giving back an essential component for membership in not only the travel blogging community, but also the global community.
Megy Karydes, WanderingTastes
I’ve seen first-hand the amazing things that can happen in developing countries when interested individuals learn how they can become involved. As a writer, I realize the impact I can have by helping to amplify a message to a larger audience than just more close circle of friends. Participating with Passports with Purpose allows me to meld two of my interests, travel and writing, in a way that will have a longer-lasting impact once that last word is read.
Bille Frank, Santa Fe Travelers
I’m taking part in Passports With a Purpose for the first time this year. I really believe in what they are doing and am excited to support bloggers taking a stand.
Karon Warron, All Things Lifestyle
I am a first-time participant, and I wanted to be a part of PwP because of the incredible changes this initiative is making throughout the world. Plus, it proves that everyone can make a difference. PwP was created by four travel bloggers who saw the potential in leveraging their outlets and their professional and personal networks. If we are all committed to making change for the better, we can succeed!
Nicole Wiltrout, Arrows Sent Forth
I’m donating a prize for the first time this year because I’ve just been so inspired by this campaign over the past three years. One of the best aspects of travel is having your eyes opened to the world around you and its many needs. I love that the travel blogging community comes together each year to use our platforms to meet a pressing need in the world.
We’re thrilled to have all of these bloggers joining us for the first time. But let’s not forget our repeat bloggers – some of whom have participated every year since we started in 2008. A sampling of them offered the following insights:
Vera Marie Badertscher, A Traveler’s Library
When I started blogging, four years ago, I was too late to support the first PwP effort. I was so impressed with what four bloggers leading the community of travel bloggers could do and I looked forward to fully supporting PwP. Now it is a key project every year at A Traveler’s Library.
I enjoy helping the worthy projects selected. My readers look forward to bidding on terrific prizes. My sponsors look forward to their participation. Win! Win! Win!
Jodi Ettenberg, Legal Nomads
This is my third year participating in Passports with Purpose, and I’m thrilled with the choice of Haiti as the recipient for the donations, especially given the fresh devastation following Hurricane Sandy. An individual charitable endeavour is always worthwhile, but what excites me about PwP is the large-scale participation from across the travel blogging world, from longform to shorter pieces to photographers and more. The fundraiser grows yearly and we are thus able to set bigger and bigger goals, from schools to entire villages and now this year’s $100,000 benchmark for clean water in Haiti. This means that we can keep building on the success of the prior year’s work, both from a social amplification perspective (the more tweets and posts, the more people who might donate) and from the participants themselves, who grow in number.
On a personal level, I participate because I can – a great advantage of having a platform with an enthused community of readers is being able to harness that enthusiasm for a worthy cause. I’m excited to see the results of this year’s campaign, and look forward to participating in the future.
I love participating in PwP both as a host blogger and to bid on prizes myself, because I can see exactly where my money goes. PwP projects are clear, concrete and tangible, and even better, the PwP crew goes to see them when they’re done and reports back, giving me a real sense of connection and satisfaction.
As a host blogger, I like giving my favorite hotels or destinations a chance to shine in front of the travel blogging community. Last year I hosted a prize donated by the Hyatt Regency Lost Pines, located in the Bastrop, Texas area near Austin, which had suffered through horrendous wildfires. Blogging about Lost Pines and Bastrop was my contribution to perhaps helping to return tourism dollars to the area.
I try to host prizes on both my personal blog Sheila’s Guide, and representing the blogging team from the Perceptive Travel webzine and blog. It’s an honor to participate in PwP and I thank the organizers for everything they’ve done to grow the event.
Sandra Foyt, Albany Kid
I have participated in Passports with Purpose on some level every year since it started. This year, I’m hoping to step it up with a giveaway. Making the world a better place is not just a pretty phrase; it’s something that I believe in, and that I want my children to believe in. That means modeling the behavior that I would like them to emulate. Passports with Purpose makes it easy to make a difference – either through donating or sponsoring a giveaway. And the results are remarkable: a school, libraries, clean water. Just as important, Passport with Purpose offers a concrete example that each and every one of us has the power to change the world. That’s a lesson worth sharing with my children, again and again.
Amie O’Shaughnessy, Ciao Bambino
Ciao Bambino participates in Passports with Purpose every year as this highly successful fundraiser is a tremendous opportunity for the blogging community to join forces and support families in need. As avid travelers, travel bloggers receive the gift of seeing first-hand how people live around the world and this is our chance to give back and use our influence to change lives. Ciao Bambino is very proud to be part of Passports with Purpose!
Jennifer Miner, Kara Williams, and Beth Blair – also known as The Vacation Gals
For The Vacation Gals, participating in Passports with Purpose is a no-brainer. We’ve hosted a raffle prize for this brilliant fundraiser ever since we started blogging together in 2009. It’s an easy way for us to help support worthy charities that do such good work around the world. We know that relatively speaking, our lives in the first-world United States can’t even compare remotely to the way others live in developing countries. We are so pleased to touch some of those people and perhaps make their world just a little brighter in a small way. We’d assume that most travel bloggers love the world and the people in it; knowing that we can help people that we’ll never meet just feels like the right thing to do. It helps make the world we love a better place for all of us.
Jessie Voigts, Wandering Educators
We’ve participated in PWP every year since it started. Why do we do so? Because we firmly believe in the power of a dedicated community to make real change in the world – and PWP does just that.
Barbara Waibel, Hole In The Donut Cultural Travel
I often feel that I don’t help others enough but I struggle with who to help and how. Do I want to donate to huge international organizations that spend too large a percentage of their donations on administrative costs? Can I vet each organization to determine if it is a deserving charity or a thinly disguised, corrupt ploy to generate income that ends up lining the pockets of the NGO operator? The answer, in both cases, is no. That’s why I was thrilled when PwP was born. I know they work hard to research the organizations they select and I have the utmost confidence that the money raised will actually benefit those for which it is intended. Plus, I love the idea of us banding together as travel writers/bloggers to give back in a big way once a year.
We couldn’t have said it better ourselves! Thanks to all of our wonderful bloggers. We truly couldn’t do it without you.
Photos courtesy of Water.org
Posted on | October 29, 2012 | No Comments
If you’ve signed up to participate as a blogger in our 2012 fundraiser, we know you’re hard at work getting your prizes lined up before the November 12th deadline. And we can’t wait to see what you all come up with, because if the past is any indication, there’s sure to be some pretty sweet stuff in the mix.
And if you haven’t yet managed to find a sponsor for your prize don’t give up hope: You’ve still got time. Not sure where to begin? A good place is by looking at companies that you’ve worked with in the past and who know you – especially companies that you know your readers like (since you’ll be writing about the company on your blog). Although your prize needs to meet our guidelines, there are many options from gear to vacation packages.
The most important thing is not to be afraid to ask – remember that you’re giving your sponsor the chance to participate in a fundraiser that not only lets them help out, but offers some fabulous exposure beyond your site. If you need tips on how to word your request, we’ve got some language you can use. And remember that you may need to be persistent to track down the right person to ask about donating a prize. Start with your main contact and work from there.
A reminder: You’ll need your sponsor to fill out the procurement form — this is their commitment to deliver on your prize.
And if the prize thing isn’t just panning out for you, there’s something else you can to do help our efforts: Help us find new bloggers to participate. It’s easy and it for a great cause. Tell your people to sign up, to host a widget, to get a prize, to spread the word. It’s the network that makes us successful, can you use yours to help us grow?
Photo of well rig drill operators in Haiti courtesy of Water.org.
Posted on | October 23, 2012 | No Comments
As you might expect, we’re buzzing on caffeine and sugar, on big ideas and camaraderie, and we’re all wrapped up in our usual behind the scenes crazy at the Passports with Purpose virtual headquarters. We say it every year and every year we mean it, we’re super excited about this year’s cause. Our beneficiary this year is Water.org. Part of what’s exciting is that they’re excited too, and then, oh, it’s all electricity and trying to make stuff happen in the best way we know how. We’re shooting for 100,000 this year — that money will fund wells in two communities in rural Haiti, providing much needed clean water.
Take a minute to think about that. Clean water. Such a basic need, and so many people are going without while we take it for granted.
Okay, got your head around that? If you think about it, for just a minute, it’s easy to get behind this year’s cause. Now that you’ve been reminded of the why, we’d like to remind you of the how. First, this year’s key dates:
Here are the dates for 2012:
NOW: Sign up as a participating blogger using this form. Once you’re registered, we’ll include you on any blogger-specific information we send out.
November 12 : Deadline for bloggers to submit a prize.
November 26: Blog posts ready to go on all of these great blogs. Also deadline for bloggers to submit links to the PwP catalog form.
November 27, 11:59PM (EST) Blogger posts can go live! On November 28 at 12:01am EST we’re ready to take donations!
December 11, 11:59PM (EST) : Donations for prizes close. Note: We’ll still take donations, but no more drawing entries.
December 18: We’ll notify prize winners and host bloggers.
Every year we’re blown away by the growth of PwP and the goodwill it generates. We’re thrilled to have repeat sponsors HomeAway and Travellerspoint who have been with us from the get go, and to have added TripIt, Expedia, HostelBookers and Go with Oh to the travel companies that support this community effort.
We’re thrilled that you’re joining us for another year.« go back — keep looking »