tell me your story to win $1,000!

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I’m not sure that I’ve ever been this excited about a contest on this blog.

I’ve been given the opportunity to give YOU $1,000 cold, hard cash – and you, in return, will give it to someone in your community that you feel deserves and needs it most. Someone who has been kind to you. Someone who does nice things for others without asking anything in return.

It could be a family member, a close friend or someone you don’t even know. A non-profit organization that you have always wanted to donate to but haven’t had the cash. Or something or someone entirely different but you feel the money would help to make a real difference. Heck, it can even be for you – just tell me how you’re giving back to your community. I want to hear your stories!

Chicken of the Sea's Great American Gratitude Tour 2014!

It’s all about paying it forward. And all sponsored by Chicken of the Sea as part of their “100 Years of Good” campaign. They’re paying it forward by investing $1 million in individuals who are doing good in their communities – and $1,000 of that $1,000,000 is being given away here, on this blog, to one of my lovely and amazing readers.

I told you this was exciting!

So, here’s the deal! You can enter to win the $1,000 any one of the following ways:

  1. Leave a comment on this blog telling me who, what, when, where and, most importantly, why you should be the recipient of $1,000!
  2. If it’s easier, send me an email with that same information at [email protected]
  3. Put a photo on Instagram and explain what it’s about and why you should receive the $1,000 (be sure to tag @thewickednoodle)!

This contest is only open to US residents. I will personally choose the winner. None of my family or friends are eligible to win – sorry, guys! The winner will be announced on April 30th, 2014 in another blog post. So be sure to check back on April 30th OR sign up for our newsletter in the sidebar so you don’t miss it! (The winner will also be announced via email or Instagram, depending on the winning entry).

Great American Gratitude Awards!If you’d like to get even more involved in this fantastic campaign, you can also check out the Chicken of the Sea Great American Gratitude Tour! They’re visiting local communities – like yours! – throughout the country to thank Americans for making it a mealtime staple for a Century.  In all, the famous brand will present 100 $10,000 Gratitude Awards – and then personally honor many of the recipients right in their hometowns during the 39-city, coast-to-coast Tour. And it goes through September 8th, 2014 – here are some upcoming dates:

  • April 15: Albuquerque, NM – Walmart at 201 San Mateo Blvd SE, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • April 19: Memphis, TN – Autozone Park – Redbirds Baseball Game at 200 Union Avenue, 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.
  • April 23: Atlanta, GA – Walmart at 4725 Ashford Dunwoody Road, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • April 25-26: Vidalia, GA – Vidalia Onion Festival at 100 Vidalia Sweet Onion Drive, all day

Also at each stop, the Chicken of the Sea Mermaid (newly resurrected since her singing debut in 1952) will emerge from her specially outfitted vintage Airstream to take pictures with the public; distribute coupons, autographs and other free giveaways; offer Mermaid tattoos for the kids; and provide healthy-eating tips.  Participants can also receive special commemorative coins that offer the chance to win $10,000 instantly. I’m definitely taking my girls to see this. My Katie is a mermaid lover, she’ll be over the moon!

You can also check out this video for a heart-warming example of someone winning one of the $10,000 Gratitude Awards. Fox producers selected the veterans support group Folds of Honor to receive a check for $10,000 – and surprised them LIVE ON THE AIR:

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tour map of chicken of the sea's gratitude tour 2014!

To find out when the Gratitude Tour will be in your area, head on over to Chicken of the Sea’s website!

But don’t forget to submit your entry telling me how you’re paying-it-forward by nominating someone to win $1,000! Remember…

  1. Leave a comment on this blog telling me who, what, when, where and, most importantly, why you should be the recipient of $1,000!
  2. If it’s easier, send me an email with that same information at [email protected]
  3. Put a photo on Instagram and explain what it’s about and why you should receive the $1,000 (be sure to tag @thewickednoodle)!

I can’t wait to read how YOU want to Pay-It-Forward!

 

Special thanks to Chicken of the Sea for sponsoring this contest. It’s an honor to work with a company who gives back to our communities in such a cool way!