Once again, you've left me nearly speechless.
At the end of the first week I feared I'd placed the bar too high, that I'd set everyone up for failure and thus taken all the fun out of it. But I should've known better... Military blogger or civilian blogger, you all have the can-do, never-say-die, warrior spirit.
Preliminary totals from the team portion of the competition (checks are still being counted):
1. $51,228.85 Marine Corps
2. $47,212.12 Navy
3. $46,395.00 Army
4. $39,823.10 Air Force
Congratulations to the sea-faring side of the teams! As is true in military manuevers, it's hard to separate the Navy and the Marines Corps. In this case, the Navy once again steamed across the finish line early, but then turned and offered a hand to bring their Marine Corps brothers with them. And those dear Jarheads, predictably doing more with less, catapulted themselve right past the Sailors!
And of course the Marines and Army followed Team Navy's fine example by turning donors toward the lower-total teams after they had reached their goals.
Well done, all! But there's more!!
In addition to donations made through the team buttons, Valour-IT received $19,437.00 in non-team, online donations inspired by people who spread the word about Valour-IT. Checks have yet to be counted, but this results in an online (non-check) total of:
I am once again stunned and without the right words to tell you how amazed and proud and inspired I am by what you have accomplished. Vendor prices are currently in flux, but your work will likely supply over 300 laptops to wounded warfighters. Just think of the radiating circles of impact you will have by raising the spirits, increasing the independence and supporting the recovery of over 300 severely wounded Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines...
"Thank you" doesn't even scratch the surface. You are amazing.
Here's a further breakdown, for those who are interested:
More data analysis at Smadanek, who has become the unofficial Valour-IT Data Geek!