Hallmark Declares Winners in “Graduation Celebration” Greeting Card Contest

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Hallmark judges looked for cards with illustrations or photography and writing that worked well together and could be sent to all types of graduates.

Time for caps, gowns, and a little pomp and circumstance! Hallmark today announces the winners in its recent card-creation contest, “Graduation Celebration.” Greeting card hopefuls were invited to use a photo or illustration and their original writing to create a sweet, serious, or make-‘em-smile card celebrating any graduate.

Contestants submitted their creations in September. The 12 winning designs will be sold on Hallmark.com starting in November. In-store winners will be announced in March 2013 and will be featured in Walmart and Hallmark Gold Crown® stores in April 2013. Winners each receive $250 and could win an additional $250 if their cards are chosen for in-store sales.

Hallmark judges looked for cards with illustrations or photography and writing that worked well together and could be sent to all types of graduates. Participants could enter a total of three different cards. Entrants were encouraged to check out the Hallmark Contest Facebook page for tips on this contest.    

This is Hallmark’s 37th consumer-created card contest. The 12 winners are from 10 different U.S. states and one is from New Zealand. Here are the winners in Hallmark’s “Graduation Celebration” competition:

Patty Cimlov-Zahares    
San Jose, Calif.

Rick Dunlap    
Plainfield, Ill.

Nancy Dyer    
Waltham, Mass.

Kelly Fosnow    
Tega Cay, S.C.

Marianne Fosnow    
Tega Cay, S.C.

Sharon Gesser    
Wilmington, N.C.

Colleen O'Shea    
Hilliard, Ohio

Cherie Palmer    
Nelson, New Zealand

Summer Ruegger    
Boring, Ore.

Diane Schulman    
Dix Hills, N.Y.

Deana Scott    
Quincy, Ind.

Debbie Whitehead    
Arnold, Mo.

New Competition Begins Today
Also this week, Hallmark announces the opening of the latest competition – “Once Upon a Bead...” Consumers will design a jewelry bead and tell us what their design means to them. A Hallmark artist will refine the winning design so it’s ready to be made into fine jewelry, and the winner will come to Hallmark Headquarters to meet the artist! Submissions will be accepted Nov. 5- Dec. 2. For more information or to submit a design, visit Hallmarkcontests.com.

About Hallmark Cards, Inc.
Hallmark makes the world a more caring place by helping people express what's in their hearts and spend time together – a privilege few other companies in the world enjoy. Hallmark greeting cards and other products are found in more than 38,000 retail outlets in the United States, including the network of flagship Hallmark Gold Crown® stores. The brand also reaches people online at Hallmark.com and on television through Hallmark Hall of Fame original movies and cable's top-rated Hallmark Channel. Worldwide, Hallmark offers products in more than 30 languages available in 100 countries. This privately held company is based in Kansas City, Mo., and is led by the third generation of the founding Hall family. Visit http://corporate.hallmark.com for more details.

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