Facebook Photo Contest Winners Pay It Forward

The Smile Generation recently sponsored a Holiday Photo Contest on Facebook and received over 370 entries and generated quite a buzz via social media. Prizes totaled $1900 in VISA gift cards and $1900 was also donated to charity.

The photo contest was hosted on the Smile Generation’s Facebook page via a third-party application. People were invited to enter their best holiday photo for a chance to win Visa gift cards and select a charity that would receive a cash donation if they won. The list of Smile Generation supported charities were: KaBoom!, American Red Cross, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, charity:water, and the National Children’s Oral Health Foundation.

Out of 370 submissions received, four winners were chosen. The top prize went to the photo with the most number of votes by the end of the voting period and three special prizes were awarded to the Best Original, Best Classic and Funniest photos as chosen by the Smile Generation panel of judges.
“We wanted an interactive contest that would celebrate the holidays and families. Sending holiday photo cards is a great tradition so we asked people to send in their holiday photos and choose from a list of charities that we support throughout the year. The entries came from all over the country, the response was overwhelming. Not only did the photo entries bring smiles to everyone who saw them, but also to the charities. We always strive to give back and the photo contest on Facebook was a great way to do that,” said Social Media Strategist Marcie Taylor. The Smile Generation Fan Page has over 10,300 fans.

Sabrina Le of San Marcos, CA won a $1000 VISA gift card with her entry called “Happy Holidays from Our Home to Yours” featuring her cute little girl singing next to a Christmas tree. The Smile Generation will give a matching donation to Sabrina’s chosen charity, Susan G. Komen for the Cure. The special prize winners were Anna-Lisa Renn of Colorado Springs, Colorado; Rebecca Brumfield of Ladera Ranch, CA; who both chose to donate to charity:water and Melinda Hager of Hickory, North Carolina whose chosen charity was the American Red Cross. They will each receive a $300 VISA gift card while the charities will receive $300 each.

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