PicksPal Member Helps Give Back to the Community

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Firefighter uses PicksPal Affiliate program to donate earnings to his fire-fighting company. And now PicksPal will match every dollar earned.

firefighting equipment is expensive, and we have to run several fund raisers throughout the year to get what we need. Every little bit helps.

A volunteer firefighter is donating the money earned from signing up friends to the free online sports picks game, PicksPal.com (http://www.PicksPal.com), to the West End Fire Company Firefighters. In light of such a great cause, PicksPal is announcing a program that will double that contribution.

Tim Burlew, a volunteer firefighter with Station 43 in Effort, Pennsylvania, has been writing his blog (http://43firefighter.blogspot.com) since June of 2005. His blog contains photos of fire and accident calls that he responds to in Chestnut Hill Township, PA, and as of November 10, it also includes a banner to the free online sports picks game PicksPal.

PicksPal's affiliate marketing program was just launched in October through the MerchantZoo Affiliate Network (http://www.MerchantZoo.com), and as Burlew explains on his blog: "for every person that signs up on the site (by clicking on the PicksPal banner) we get $2 that will go to the West End Fire Company. Help show your support. Best of all its free for you." Now, with PicksPal's special matching initiative for this cause, Burlew will be earning $4 for every new PicksPal member he signs up.

Burlew started the blog "to show my pictures to other members of my department as well as others in the community. I want the public to see what it is we actually do." Burlew, who makes his living as a claims adjuster, followed in his father's footsteps and became a volunteer three years ago as soon as his schedule allowed him to. He donates anything he earns from his blog to the West End Fire Company because "firefighting equipment is expensive, and we have to run several fund raisers throughout the year to get what we need. Every little bit helps."

PicksPal lets players pick games from pro and college football, pro and college basketball, hockey and other sports with points, not money. The site uses real odds and results, and features leagues, 1-on-1 challenges, and trash-talk forums.

"Just by signing up new members at PicksPal, Tim will be earning money for a great cause," said Tom Jessiman, PicksPal CEO. "We thought it appropriate to double his contribution by matching all the money he raises. PicksPal is a play-for-fun, free picking game where no one loses since nothing is risked. It's fantastic that we can help Tim and the crew."

Burlew added, "Sports are pretty big with the other volunteers. We have a bunch of guys that are in a bowling league - if that is considered a sport." He discovered PicksPal and its affiliate program through a friend's website, and with football playoffs, bowl games, and both pro and college basketball under way, Burlew and his company should be having lots of fun at PicksPal.

After giving back to his community for so long through his volunteering, and even donating money right back to his company, it's safe to say Burlew deserves a little sports diversion - what better way to do that than picking games through PicksPal?

About PicksPal.com

Based in Mountain View, California, and created by Internet sports pioneer, Tom Jessiman, PicksPal.com launched in September 2005. PicksPal received its initial funding from Canaan Partners and counts Canaan general partner Maha Ibrahim and online marketing expert and TicketsNow (http://www.ticketsnow.com) Chief Marketing Officer Kenneth Dotson as Board Members. PicksPal members compete in the weekly game, playing and earning points by picking real events based on real odds. PicksPal members have the opportunity to risk their points on any of their favorite sports, including pro and college football, pro and college basketball, baseball, golf, boxing, motor sports, horse racing and others. At the end of the week, the member accumulating the most points wins.

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