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Malibu Nonprofit in Tie for Groupon Grassroots Fundraiser

A fundraiser on Groupon Grassroots featuring American Tortoise Resuce ends at midnight.

Malibu-based American Tortoise Rescue is in a tie with Mar Vista for the most donations on Groupon Grassroots as part of a fundraiser to plant an orchard to feed box turtles and South American tortoises.

Groupon Grassroots is featuring American Tortoise Rescue, which was founded in 1990 by Malibu residents and husband-and-wife-team Marshall Thompson and Susan Tellem, starting Christmas Day through Jan. 9. (Click here to donate or learn more.)

"We are thrilled that Groupon Grassroots chose American Tortoise Rescue as a "Best of 2012" fundraising choice," Tellem said. "Malibu is in a tie with Mar Vista for the most donations given in this campaign. Let’s see if you can beat 90066!"

The fundraiser encourages people to donate $10 so American Tortoise Rescue can plant three 7- to 9-year-old fruit trees to help feed box turtles and South American tortoises, Tellem said. Each additional $200 raised will fund an additional fruit tree to expand the orchard. 

Any funds raised past $1,000 will go toward the Rosie Fund and toward purchasing a 2,000-gallon vertical plastic storage tank that will help the rescue maintain a clean-water supply during emergencies and droughts.

All donations are tax deductible.

The fundraiser follows a similar campaign by Groupon Grassroots earlier this year. American Tortoise Rescue to feed about 100 rescued turtles and tortoises with fresh produce.

Learn more about American Tortoise Rescue at www.tortoise.com and about the fundraiser at http://www.groupon.com/deals/american-tortoise-rescue.

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