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Posted on 18 September 2009 by

Throwing Tomatoes for Charity

tomato-fightBy Vanessa Richins

I’ve sometimes cringed a little when I hear about the big tomato fight events, like La Tomatina in Buñol, Spain.

I know it’s tradition and people enjoy it thoroughly, but I also think about how many people those tomatoes could feed.

I was at least a bit happier when I learned about a recent such event in Reno, Nevada.

They wanted to recreate the famous Spanish tomato fight in their own city, with a twist.

Participants paid $10 on August 29th, 2009 to join in the tomato chucking fun. If they wanted to aim their weapons at the mayors of Reno or Sparks, they paid $50. All money went to the American Cancer Society.

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Posted on 24 October 2007 by

Raising Money for Charity with Tomatoes


Raising Money for Charity with Tomatoes

By Michelle Fabio

Every summer day, eighty-year-old Sam Shapiro, former Treasurer of the state of Maine, tends to his 300 tomato plants with love, affection, and the noble intention of donating proceeds from their sales to a local cancer care center and youth club.

In his garden, Shapiro raises heirloom, Early Girl, Big Bite, and Better Boy, putting two shovelfuls of compost in each hole, he says.

When they’re good and ripe, he offers them to passersby at the end of his driveway, where he keeps a box for customers to drop their dollars–Shapiro’s tomatoes go for $2 a pound.
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