VIDEOS: 2013 Campaign Prize Winners Surprised!

For the past several years, United Way of East Central Iowa has offered campaign prizes to our donors thanks to the generous gifts from three local organizations: Whirlpool Amana, Smulekoff’s Furniture, and Hawkeye Oil.  The 2013 prizes are valued at $2,500 each and awarded to three individuals in our community.

The time period has ended to be eligible to enter to win the prizes for 2013, but stay tuned because this is the third year we’ve surprised our winners on video camera receiving their surprise gift.   Winners were drawn in early December and were announced winners at our campaign celebration event on Dec. 12th.  You can watch the surprise videos below.

2013 Prizes:

Refrigerator
$2,500 value
Donatedby Whirlpool Amana

Winner: Anne Brown

Video not playing or can’t watch right now? Click here for a transcript.

Beauty Rest Mattress set
$2,500 value
Donated by Smulekoff’s Furniture

Winner: Darci Kless

Gas gift card to Hawkeye Convenience Stores

$2,500 value
Donated by Hawkeye Oil

Winner: Terrance Pope


*Everyone 18 years of age or older is eligible to enter, with the exception of United Way employees or Board members and their immediate family members. Everyone who makes a contribution to United Way’s 2012 Campaign will be automatically entered into the drawing. If you participate in the campaign through your work place, you will become eligible to win prizes as soon as your employer submits your pledge information to United Way. If you contribute outside the workplace, you will become eligible as soon as we receive your pledge card. We always encourage your support and participation, however donations were not required to enter.

2012 Campaign Prizes Winners

One winner was drawn each month September through November 2012. All donors were automatically entered into the drawing.* (Each prize was donated.)

Mary Cummings, an employee at the Grant Wood Area Education Agency in Cedar Rapids and a longtime United Way supporter, won the November prize – $2,500 worth of gas cards donated by Hawkeye Convenience Stores.

Video not playing? Read the transcript below:

Longtime United Way Donor Wins November Prize

Marshall Peterson, Hawkeye Convenience Stores:
I’m Marshall Peterson with Hawkeye Convenience Stores here in Cedar Rapids.  Hawkeye has been a part of the United Way Step Up program since the program began three years ago and we’re thrilled to be back again this year as a grand prize donor.  Today, we’re at the Grant Wood AEA to surprise the winner of our grand prize, which is $2,500 worth of gas gift cards at Hawkeye Convenience Stores.  We’re very excited; this program has been a big success for United Way.  Let’s go find our winner right now and give her a big surprise!
 Mary Cummings:
 Wow!
 Marshall Peterson, Hawkeye Convenience Stores:
 Are you Mary Cummings?
  Mary Cummings:
 Yes, I am.
  Marshall Peterson, Hawkeye Convenience Stores:
 Mary, I’m Marshall Peterson with Hawkeye Convenience Stores and we are one of the grand prize sponsors for the United Way Step Up program.  I am here to surprise you with $2,500 worth of gas gift cards from Hawkeye Convenience Stores.
 Mary Cummings:
 Wow!
 Marshall Peterson, Hawkeye Convenience Stores:
 Thanks for all of your work for United Way.  Congratulations!
 Mary Cummings:
 You’re welcome; thank you!  My goodness.  Yes, I love gas.  I just filled up last night.  Wow!
 Marshall Peterson, Hawkeye Convenience Stores:
 Surprise!
 Mary Cummings:
 I had no idea.  Why?  Well I do like United Way.
 Benjamin Hoover, United Way:
 Well we appreciate the support you’ve given us over the past 25+ years.
 Mary Cummings:
 Thank you.
 Benjamin Hoover, United Way:
 Thank you so much.
 Mary Cummings:
 You’re welcome.   I gave to United Way again this year because I truly believe in the function that they perform in the community and I especially like the fact that a group of agencies go together and give through one source.  That way I feel like I can access many good causes without a lot of overhead and worrying about if I’m missing somebody.  I just like the groups that they’re with.  I say if you’re on the fence, go ahead and give this year because it’s a very good cause and you would be surprised how you can share your wealth.
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