It's the 2013 Slog Holiday Charity Challenge!

Whose Fans Will Raise the Most Money for the Orion Center?

It's the 2013 Slog Holiday Charity Challenge!
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Z illions of people all over the world love the Seattle hiphop duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis. Zillions of people all over the world also love the Seattle rock band Pearl Jam. And Slog—voted the Best Blog in the Entire Universe™ by Condé Nast Traveler—is read by zillions of people every day (at slog.thestranger.com, don'tcha know).

But whose fans are the best, most givingest fans?

We're about to find out. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Pearl Jam are combining forces with Slog this holiday season—SERIOUSLY!—to help raise money for YouthCare's James W. Ray Orion Center, which feeds, clothes, and even houses homeless teens right here in our city, at the bottom of Capitol Hill on Denny Way.

The Orion Center's funding was recently cut, almost forcing the center to shut down its most valuable service—keeping homeless young adults, ages 18 to 24, from sleeping on the streets at night. Within the past few weeks, King County and the City of Seattle kicked in just enough money to keep the homeless shelter open five nights a week, but the group needs to raise $100,000 more to stay open seven days a week, providing hot meals, job training, and stable housing placement for this vulnerable population throughout the next year.

For 40 years, YouthCare has been proactively sending its employees out to the streets, bridges, and parks where homeless young people congregate. They offer these youth a chance at a stable life: daily hot meals, a clothing bank, shelter beds, GED classes, job training programs, and help finding permanent housing. These are our city's exploited and forgotten young people: About 74 percent of those that YouthCare sees were physically or sexually abused at home, while 40 percent left home or were kicked out because of their sexuality.

So, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis fans! Pearl Jam fans! Slog fans! Together, we can help save the Orion Center! But we're going to do it the American way: with a competition! That's why we're pitting Macklemore & Ryan Lewis fans against Pearl Jam fans against Slog fans! DONATE to the Orion Center by going to one of these three pages:

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis fans: GO TO youthcare.org/Macklemore TO DONATE!

Pearl Jam fans: GO TO youthcare.org/PearlJam TO DONATE!

Slog fans: GO TO youthcare.org/Slog TO DONATE!

What do you do if you love Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Pearl Jam, AND Slog equally? Go to all three pages and donate at each one! The internationally famous musicians or semi-widely-read local blog whose fans raise the most money for the Orion Center by December 24 WINS!

Tweet it out! #TeamMac, #TeamJam, or #TeamSlog.

The Macklemore & Ryan Lewis vs. Pearl Jam vs. Slog Holiday Charity Challenge goes through December 24! Find out what's happening (and win prizes!) on Slog at slog.thestranger.com!

Let's do this! recommended


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Dan, while you may have been scared shitless and have halted the practice of writing up stories where girls purportedly ask you what do prior to you telling them their boyfriends are gay,

You are the most slanderous writer of the 21st century.

Posted by lake_superior on December 5, 2013 at 2:08 AM · Report this
Does anybody else feel that a piece of The Stranger died when they stopped Strangercrombie for this? No creative writing, no unique ways to participate, no random issue of the Stranger taken over by donors, no ongoing tabs on the amount they've raised, etc.
Posted by MissingStrangercrombie on December 5, 2013 at 5:08 AM · Report this
Great cause. Great doings by The Stranger. Doing good.

Can someone tell Macklemore and Ryan Lewis to stop making the "model eyes." Every picture I see of them they're doing it. Stop posing, dudes. You look silly.
Posted by not too sexy for their shirts on December 6, 2013 at 11:29 AM · Report this
When will Macklemore's 15 minutes be up? Not soon enough. What an embarrassment that this is what Seattle holds up to the world...
Posted by Arthur Zifferelli on December 8, 2013 at 3:07 PM · Report this
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Macklemore hasn't choked any sound guys in Seattle, which automatically makes me not-the-most-shameful-Seattle-act-of-the-last-five-years.
Posted by Vralia on December 18, 2013 at 1:48 PM · Report this

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