Will The Union’s George Boardman match my $100 donation to Bear River High journalism?

As regular readers here know, George Boardman sold stock when Donald Trump was elected president. He wrote: “After learning Sunday that the Trump mask is the most popular political mask this Halloween, I sold the rest of our stocks this morning. We decided around Labor Day that if Clinton wasn’t a clear winner two weeks before election day, we would sell our stocks so that we are in cash election day. I hope I’m not in a position to say I told you so when the markets close Nov. 11.”

Ouch! As Jim Cramer of TheStreet.com notes: ” the S&P 500 index is up 21 percent since Trump’s election.” (Though he correctly notes, “None of these moves are about Trump.”)

So much for George’s financial acumen!

Still, I was glad to see him make a plug for Bear River High’s effort to take students to the National High School Journalism Convention in San Francisco next April.

I donated $100 to this cause, wrote about it on my blog, and — when contacted — suggested to the journalism teacher that she contact Publisher Don Rogers or Editor Brian Hamilton to write about it in their columns.

So lo and behold, it appeared in Boardman’s column. Whatever. So here’s my challenge  to George Boardman: Match or exceed my $100 donation! I’ll match whatever you contribute over $100 up to $3,500. (The goal of the campaign is $8,820 and $1,050 has been raised so far).

This should be a “no brainer” for George, because he lives in Bear River High “territory,” that is Lake of the Pines. He should want to donate money to help make his local high school sustainable.

Come on, George, we’re counting on you!


Author: jeffpelline

Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website SierraCulture.com. Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for 12 years, and he was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News for eight years, among other positions. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing, swimming, and trout fishing in the Sierra.

5 thoughts on “Will The Union’s George Boardman match my $100 donation to Bear River High journalism?”

  1. You know George checks out this blog regularly. It’s been 12 hours and there has been nothing but crickets and tumbleweeds…….

  2. Alas, Boardman wasn’t up to the task. He wrote on his blog: “He challenged me to match his $100 after I wrote about the program in my Union column and contributed $25. I figure the student journalist will get more mileage out of $25 donation and positive coverage on The Union’s editorial page than they’ll get from $100 and a plug in Pelline’s blog.”

    In fact, $0 new dollars have been contributed since George ran this in his column. I wonder if he’s figured out that his demographics and the demographics of Bear River high are polar opposites! lol.

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