I don't know about you, but I'm excited. Our second annual Grandparents Day contest runs from June 1 through August 1, with voting ending on August 10 and winners announced in September. I can't wait to see the entries! Last year, nearly 500 amazing stories from 46 states were submitted in the contest and thousands of votes were cast. We expect to hear from even more of you this year.
The rules are simple. You don't even have to be one of our no contract phone plan customers to enter. Just share your best grandparenting memory, in either a 500-word (or less) essay or a 3-minute (or less) video, and you could win a fabulous prize.
Our grand prize winner this year will win a free six-night Caribbean cruise for four, provided by AARP Travel Center powered by Expedia! The two runners-up will also receive great awards, designed to help them create new memories with their family. Second place will get four roundtrip airline tickets to anywhere in the continental United States; third place, a two-night stay for four at any Marriott property.
When the idea to recognize Grandparents Day with a contest was first suggested, I knew it was something we not only would do but should do. If there is a single concept that drives Consumer Cellular it is the concept of staying connected. In fact, I like to think a cell phone is more than the sum of its most recent conversation. It's a history of family and friends. From a parent sharing video of their newborn grandchild to a grandchild texting his grandparents the results of her soccer match, cell phones have become indispensable links across generations.
If you're a grandparent, parent, or grandchild, I encourage you to visit our Grandparents Day 2011 Page and tell us your story about a grandparenting experience. While at our site, go to the Gallery page and check out this 's current entries. If they are anything like last year's stories, I think you'll be both impressed and inspired. We were. Those of us involved in the contest were treated to many great family tales – some heartwarming, some heartbreaking.
So, don't be shy. Send us your best effort. Who knows, you might be taking your family on a free cruise. Just ask Pam from Ironton, Ohio, last year's grand prize winner who thanked us for "a vacation we will never forget."