Hallmark Declares Winners in “UNICEF & You” Greeting Card Contest

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Winning Card Design in Hallmark's "UNICEF & You" Greeting Card Competition

Greeting card hopefuls were invited to create holiday cards that focus on peace, unity, and joy all over the world.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (March 18, 2013) —Hallmark today announces the winners in its recent card-creation contest, “UNICEF & You.” Greeting card hopefuls were invited to create holiday cards that focus on peace, unity, and joy all over the world. The winning cards are to be featured in a Holiday boxed card collection, and a portion of sales will go to UNICEF.

Hallmark partners with UNICEF, which works in 190 countries and territories to save and improve children’s lives, providing health care and immunizations, clean water and sanitation, nutrition, education, emergency relief, and more.

Contestants submitted their creations in January. The five winning designs will be sold on Hallmark.com starting today. In-store winners will be announced and featured in Hallmark Gold Crown stores in August. Each winner will receive $250 and could win an additional $250 if their cards are chosen for in-store sales.

Hallmark judges looked for cards with photography and/or design elements, and writing that worked well together and could be sent to people around the world. Participants could enter a total of two cards. Entrants were encouraged to check out the Hallmark Contest Facebook page for tips on this contest.    

This is Hallmark’s 40th consumer-created card contest. The five winners are from four different U.S. states and a province of Canada. Here are the winners in Hallmark’s “UNICEF & You” competition:

Carol Frueh    
Willowbrook, Ill.

Mary Jane Muir    
British Columbia, Canada

Marnie Peichel    
Minneapolis, Minn.

Gressa Quinn    
Hamden, Conn.

Heather UpChurch
Talbott, Tenn.

New Competition Now Open
Hallmark’s latest competition, “Celebrate Her,” is currently accepting submissions through March 24th. Consumers are invited to pair a photo or illustration with original writing, to create a birthday card that could be sent to a woman. Entries can be sweet, silly, or funny. 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 39,000 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.

UNICEF
The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) works in more than 190 countries and territories to save and improve children’s lives, providing health care and immunizations, clean water and sanitation, 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. Together, we are working toward the daywhen ZERO children die from preventable causes and every child has a safe and healthy childhood. For more information, please visit unicefusa.org.

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