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ENTER REUNION GIVEAWAYS AND CONTESTS!
These are giveaways and contests whose prizes are money, services or products for reunions. We urge you to read the detailed rules and requirements, on individual contest web pages linked here. Look particularly for the number of entries you are allowed to submit; some are one only but many others can be entered once a day. Urge your reunion members to enter also to increase your chances of winning. Finally, if you win, please let us know and better yet, send a picture of your prize reunion. We’ll celebrate by posting your good news on this page.
UPCOMING CONTESTS AND SWEEPSTAKES!
Do you have a family mystery you just can’t solve? Hit a brick wall and can’t find a clue? The good folks at My Heritage.com want to help solve some of those mysteries and discover answers. They will select from submissions of conundrums. Send your dilemma to email@example.com and you may win a solution. What a great presentation that would make for your next reunion!
Win MyHeritage DNA kit
Enter to win a MyHeritage DNA kit for the powerful experience of discovering what makes you unique and learning where you really come from. DNA reveals your unique heritage — the ethnic groups and geographic regions where you originate. Find new relatives you never knew existed through shared DNA. ($99 value) Enter to win!
Reunions Bundles of Wisdom
Reunions magazine two special reunion wisdom bundles!
Another chance to win! This drawing is for both the Fundraising and the Games/Icebrakers/Activities bundles. Enter to win your double bundles of lots of fun and great reunion planning wisdom.
Enter to win $10,000 cash to spend as you please. Wouldn’t that be a terrific reunion?
Adoptees and family members searching for biological relatives can apply for a free MyHeritage DNA kit through April 30, 2018. Participants will be selected, and their free DNA kits shipped by the end of May; results start July 2018. Apply at DNAQuest.org. Have you already taken a DNA test with another company? You’re invited to upload their DNA data to MyHeritage to participate in this initiative for free.
Monthly drawing for a new family card game – Perpetual Commotion. Quick re-registration required each month.
Ever wonder if reunions really win these contests? Read on…
Congratulations to the 2014 winners!
November 25, 2014, Jessie Larson, Mesa AZ
December 12th, Lovine Moss, Rock HIll, SC
December 18th, Ethel Harrel, Houston TX
Winner of HomeAway’s $5000 vacation home rental.
Entries included a picture and brief story about the family entering.
The winner, Arielle Ludwig, wrote this caption: Our family went to St Thomas 2 years ago and stayed at a condo that was next to a creepy abandoned resort.. We kept saying it looked like a scene from Jurassic Park. So we decided to take a picture and added a T Rex in the background.
REUNION WINNER HEADED TO BIRMINGHAM
Natalie Kyles, East Lansing, Michigan, is the winner of the “Reunion to Remember,” sponsored by Birmingham Coca-Cola, the Sheraton Birmingham, Jim ‘N Nick’s Barbeque, and the Greater Birmingham Convention & Visitors Bureau. Valued at $10,000, the prize package includes 20 rooms for two nights at the Sheraton Hotel Birmingham and a barbecue feast for 50 catered by Jim ‘N Nick’s Community Bar-B-Q. Coca Cola will provide beverages and the CVB will outfit the crew in Birmingham t-shirts.
$20,000 family reunion prize from Smucker’s
Carmell C. of Provo, UT, won the fourth annual Spreading Smucker’s Traditions Recipe and Essay Contest. Her winning recipe was inspired by a treasured dish her mother made for Sunday night dinners. Her unique twist on an old favorite has become a new family tradition which she refers to as a “celebration of family and good times.”
Carmell won the $20,000 grand prize to host a family reunion and $1,000 to enlist a personal planner to help with the details. Four runners-up each received a Smucker’s gift basket for their delicious recipe. Check for new contests, giveaways and promotions.
Wyndham Vacation Rentals $28,000 prize
Krissy Jones of Stevensville, Montana, won Wyndham Vacation Rentals Ultimate Family Reunion Contest’s grand prize up to $28,000 for her photo-essay entry, “Wild Leonard Family in Texas.” Jones and up to 10 family members receive their choice of accommodation at any Wyndham Vacation Rental, round-trip airfare, one activity and a $2,500 cash card.
Another big winner!
Alexander Wilson of Raleigh NC won a $20,000 cash prize for a family reunion in the Concannon Vineyards – Family First Sweepstakes 2011.
$10,000 reunion prizes
Monique MacGregor won a $10,000 family reunion as part of New Zealand’s Anchor’s store’s 125-year celebrations. Monique wrote that her family had reunions long ago. “We usually have a hangi (traditional cooking method), go to the cemetery to pay our respects, clean their graves, play sports and go swimming and horse riding.” Monique is planning for the extended family – all 140 of them – to get together over Christmas.
Each of ten winners will receive a family reunion up to the value of $10,000.
The winners include a group of 41 moms who met on an online forum two years ago, a family of brothers and sisters who were adopted and have never met, and a family detective tracking their family tree.
YMCA of the Rockies sweepstakes winner
The latest winner is from the YMCA of the Rockies, Estes Park, Colorado, where an essay was required for entry. Joan from Slidell, Louisiana, won a family reunion for up to 30 people, 10 lodge rooms, two night stay and breakfast daily. After hurricane Katrina, Joan’s family was forced to move farther apart and their planned reunion had to be canceled. Years later, Joan looks forward to her family reuniting at the YMCA of the Rockies and creating new family memories.
Family Tree Magazine and MyHeritage.com’s Family Reunion contest winner is Patricia Skubis, Madison, Wisconsin, whose reunion is with her fourth cousin once removed, Brigit Mose, who visited from Denmark. Patricia’s Danish family immigrated to the US in 1888. Patricia’s account of how her discovery finally happened will appear in Family Tree Magazine. Runners-up were Linda Mehlinger, whose mystery photo of a lady and five schoolgirls in a rickshaw being pulled by a Zulu warrior led to the discovery of a cousin in South Africa who had pictures of the same people and Pam Ingermanson, whose Norwegian ancestors settled in Idaho lost touch with family who ended up in Ohio.
2011 Grand Prize winner of the KFC Ultimate Family Reunion is Jessica Abrams, Atlanta, Georgia. About 100 members of the Lawrence family celebrated their 26th family reunion for a fun filled day at the Putt Putt Fun Center in Lynchburg, Virginia where KFC catered lunch, provided a guest DJ, putt putt golf, bumper boats, go karts, games and more, all courtesy of KFC. Other winners received KFC gift checks for their reunions.
2009 KFC Sweepstakes winner
More than 150 Satcher Family members were KFC’s 2009 Ultimate Family Reunion sweepstakes winners. Family essay writer was Kathleen Satcher Wright, Huntsville, Alabama. The extravagant, three-day event included lavish decorations, red carpet treatment, entertainment, celebrations, music and dancing, door prizes and gifts, KFC food, and the KFC Pride 360 Award.
The Malone Family Reunion was a winner of TVOne’s Family Reunion show:
Games and competitions among family reunions.
As you can see, the family treasury just got a $25,000 boost!
Verizon Wireless winners
The Lathern-Holt Family Reunion of Hawthorne, California, won Verizon Wireless “It’s A Family Affair” contest for up to 100 members. The all-expenses paid family reunion is valued at $20,000.
Congratulations Holy Rosary Academy, Union City NJ, Class of 1989!
Thanks to Patty Villegas for entering the reunion video contest, sponsored by Reunions magazine. The class received $100 for their reunion treasury.