U.S. Fund for UNICEF Announces Winners of 2011 Pier 1 Imports/UNICEF Greeting Card Contest

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Grand Prize Design to Be Sold at Pier 1 Stores Nationwide During the 2011 Holiday Season

The U.S. Fund for UNICEF announced today the winners of the 2011 Pier 1 Imports/UNICEF Greeting Card Contest. Annie Ward Love, age 14, from Richmond, Virginia, , received the Grand Prize Award for her artwork, which will be reproduced as an official UNICEF greeting card and sold exclusively at Pier 1 Imports stores across the country during the 2011 holiday season. This year’s recipient of the U.S. Fan’s Choice Award was presented to Jenna Yee, age 14, from Dana Point, California.

“I’m thrilled to be celebrating the 20th anniversary of our greeting card contest with Pier 1. Both children did a fantastic job interpreting this year’s theme ‘Making Spirits Bright,’” said U.S. Fund for UNICEF President and CEO Caryl Stern. “One hundred percent of the proceeds from the sale of the cards will go to the U.S. Fund for UNICEF and directly impact our mission to help decrease the number of daily preventable childhood deaths from 22,000 to zero.”

“Each year we receive thousands of submissions from children who want to use their creative talents to contribute to UNICEF’s mission,” said Pier 1 Import Public Relations Specialist Jennifer Engstrand “The contest is a beloved tradition of ours that helps raise awareness among U.S. students about UNICEF’s important work.”

About the winners:

  •     Annie Ward Love’s grand prize winning artwork features a cheerful design depicting a large star with bold and colorful rays radiating from its edges. Along with the honor of having her design turned into a greeting card, Annie Ward will receive a $5,000 scholarship and $500 worth of art supplies for her school.
  •     The “U.S. Fan’s Choice*” winning design, by Jenna Yee, features three ivory candles in front of a blue stained glass window. As the “U.S. Fan’s Choice” winner, Jenna was eligible to receive $500 worth of art supplies, but instead she requested that the $500 be donated to the U.S. Fund for UNICEF.

Funds from the sale of the UNICEF/Pier 1 2011 holiday greeting card will support UNICEF programs that provide lifesaving medicines, vaccines, nutritious foods, primary education, clean water and sanitation and emergency relief for millions of children and women in more than 150 countries.

This contest marks the 26th year of a successful partnership between the specialty home furnishings retailer and the international children’s organization. Pier 1 Imports began selling UNICEF greeting cards in 1985 and is now the world’s largest retailer of these cards, having raised more than $29 million for the organization.

UNICEF has saved more children’s lives than any other humanitarian organization in the world. Working in over 150 countries, UNICEF provides children with health care, clean water, nutrition, education, emergency relief, and more. The U.S. Fund for UNICEF supports UNICEF’s work through fundraising, advocacy, and education in the United States.

UNICEF is at the forefront of efforts to reduce child mortality worldwide. There has been substantial progress—the annual number of under-five deaths dropped from 13 million in 1990 to 8.8 million in 2008. But still, 22,000 children die each day from preventable causes. Our mission is to do whatever it takes to make that number zero by giving children the essentials for a safe and healthy childhood. For more information, visit http://www.unicefusa.org.

Pier 1 Imports, Inc. is the original global importer and North America’s largest specialty retailer of imported decorative home furnishings and gifts. More information about the company can be found on pier1.com.

For more information, please contact:
Marci Greenberg, U.S. Fund for UNICEF, 212.922.2464, mgreenberg(at)unicefusa(dot)org
Jennifer Engstrand, Pier 1 Imports, 817.252.8130, jengstrand(at)pier1(dot)com

  • The “U.S. Fan’s Choice” winner is determined by visitors to the Pier 1 Imports website (pier1.com), who are given the opportunity to vote for their favorite design out of 10 semi-finalists.

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