Contest Winner Presents Elaborate Entertainment System to Brother with Disability

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Crutchfield’s Holiday Dreams contest inspires creative generosity

When Sam L. of Marion, Massachusetts, read about Crutchfield’s Holiday Dreams contest, his thoughts turned to his brother Ben, who has cerebral palsy. Sam’s idea was to transform Ben's room into a home theater , so that Ben's movie and music enjoyment wouldn't be limited by his disability.

Contestants were challenged to make a dream come true for someone else by creatively using electronic gear supplied by Crutchfield. Two finalists would each win the products specified in their entry and would have their installations judged by Crutchfield’s online audience, which voted Sam’s entry the Grand Prize winner.

"Ben was born with cerebral palsy, and there are few activities that he can do,” Sam said. “One thing he absolutely loves is being in his own room watching movies and listening to music.”

“Ben's eyesight makes it hard for him to see pictures on a small 13" TV, which he has always had, so I chose a Panasonic 42" 1080p model and an upconverting DVD player, so he can really see his movies like never before,” Sam said.

Sam’s Dream System also included a Yamaha receiver, Polk Audio speakers and an iPod®.

“The iPod will give him a variety of music to listen to, because he can never find music he likes on the radio. Also, the new shake feature on the iPod means that Ben could shuffle his music without any help."

Along with up to $2,000 worth of electronics, the finalists also won access via telephone to Crutchfield Product Support Specialists to help them do the installation for their designated recipient. They had until November 24 to assemble their systems and submit photographs and videos of the installation process in order to be eligible for the Grand Prize — a $1,000 Crutchfield Gift Card.

The runner-up, Travis S. of Fairbanks, Alaska, designed a unique system for his father, who spends a lot of time working in the yard. Travis installed an impressive audio system on his dad’s riding lawn mower.

About Crutchfield
Crutchfield, which celebrates its 35th anniversary in 2009, is one of the nation’s leading catalog and Internet retailers of consumer electronics products. Since its introduction in 1974, the Crutchfield catalog has been a respected authority on car and home entertainment products, winning many awards for quality, design, and usefulness. The people who staff Crutchfield's call centers are noted for their high integrity, product knowledge, and technical expertise. offers a full-service shopping destination to buyers of car and home audio/video products. Crutchfield was the first vendor-authorized audio/video retailer on the Internet and is one of only two retailers to have won BizRate's coveted "Circle of Excellence" award nine times.

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