Plow & Hearth Donates $10,000 to American Rivers, A Contest to Support Water Conservation Continues to Raise Funds for the Organization

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From rivers to tree roots to drinking water and beyond, clean water keeps the world flowing. Last October, Plow & Hearth held an online painted rain barrel auction to raise awareness for water conservation. Excited about the results, the decision was made to continue the efforts this year to raise awareness for American Rivers, the nation’s leading river conservation organization, and the little things that help conserve water by launching the WaterColors Contest.

WaterColors Contest

To enter participants simply submitted an artistic expression inspired by water and colors. These creations included photos of rain barrels, painted water bottles or watering cans. Anything that captured the spirit of Water Colors, including photos of a creative way a particular garden was planted, drawings of rivers, poems or stories about water. Frank Wood, executive sponsor of Plow & Hearth’s sustainability committee says, “It’s the perfect opportunity to be creative, express yourself and support a great organization” by raising awareness.

This year’s Water Colors contest has closed to further entries as of September 30, 2012 and Plow & Hearth received some amazing submissions this time around. Contestants shared wonderful images of their beautiful, water-inspired creations, all of which captured the spirit of Water Colors. Choosing the finalists was a challenge for the special committee, but in the end, three masterpieces were chosen that showed superior aesthetic impact, incorporation of color and water and originality.

The top three submissions have been placed on Plow & Hearth’s Facebook page so that fans may vote for the overall winner. The voting ends at 8 AM on 10/19. The top artist will receive:

The voting ends at 8 AM on 10/19.

First Place

  •     $5,000 contribution to American Rivers on behalf of Plow & Hearth and the winner.
  •     $1,000 Plow & Hearth Gift Certificate

Second Place

  •     $3,000 contribution to American Rivers on behalf of Plow & Hearth and the winner.
  •     $500 Plow & Hearth Gift Certificate

Third Place

  •     $2,000 contribution to American Rivers on behalf of Plow & Hearth and the winner.
  •     $250 Plow & Hearth Gift Certificate

Although Plow & Hearth has already committed to donating $10,000 to American Rivers, they will donate an additional $1 for every vote received (up to $5,000). Be sure to tell your friends and family to visit Plow & Hearth on Facebook and vote too.

For complete contest rules and to see all submissions, visit

To vote, visit

Plow & Hearth offers environmentally friendly and energy efficient products to help individuals reach their goals to support and contribute to the conservation of water and energy. Some of the environmentally friendly products sold at the original store in 1980 are still popular and just as efficient today. Products that promote sustainability and environmental awareness include composting products, non-invasive pest control, energy saving insulated curtains and wood burning accessories. By offering products with practical, sustainable uses and eco-friendly attributes, Plow & Hearth encourages awareness and environmental responsibility.

About Plow & Hearth
Plow & Hearth began as a small retail store in Madison, Virginia in 1980 and has grown to become a respected national catalog, retail and Internet company with more than 5 million customers. For over 30 years, the company has been a trusted source of unique, enduring products for the hearth, home, yard and garden, helping customers create an environment that is comfortable and welcoming, warm and personal. As part of their product development initiative, Plow & Hearth works with artisans and manufacturers around the world to develop innovative products created from uncommon materials and crafted by hand. Special consideration is given to those products made with environmentally friendly materials as well as products that will encourage customers to be more environmentally responsible, such as composting products and energy savers. Every item they sell is backed by a 100% satisfaction guarantee. The Plow & Hearth Family of Brands also includes quality toys from HearthSong® and Magic Cabin®, weather instruments from Wind & Weather® and innovative solutions from Problem Solvers®

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