Grand Marais Wins!!
GRAND MARAIS THANKS YOU!!
WHOO HOO!! Can you believe it? Grand Marais beat out over 9000 communities and gathered nearly 1.3 million CHEERS to win the “We Hear You America” Reader’s Digest contest. Official word came on Feb. 10 that Grand Marais had won. (see below) GM beat out the second place town by over 97,000 CHEERS.
We wish to thank every single person who hit that CHEER button. Without you this would not have been possible.
We also would like to thank Reader’s Digest for giving Grand Marais the opportunity to put our harbor issue in the national spotlight, where it rightfully belongs. Hopefully, the US Army Corps of Engineers and our federal and state legislators will no longer be able to ignore this life and death situation.
Again, thank you to all who participated in this contest on our behalf. It’s a wonderful thing to know how this “Harbor of Refuge” has touched the lives of so many.
Press Release excerpt from Reader’s Digest announcing the winners:
GRAND MARAIS, MICH. IS NO.1 TOWN IN THE READER’S DIGEST “WE HEAR YOU AMERICA” CONTEST OFFERING PROMOTIONAL AND ECONOMIC STIMULUS TO TOWNS ACROSS THE U.S.
PRIZES TO BE AWARDED DURING 100 TOWNS/100 DAYS RV TOUR
Approx. 12.5 Million Cheers (Or Votes) Submitted to Rd.Com; More Than 9,000 Towns Participated (Representing Nearly Half of the Towns in the U.S) in Campaign That Launched November 8
NEW YORK (February 10, 2011) – The people have spoken! Grand Marais, MI is the winning town in the Reader’s Digest “We Hear You America” campaign with 1,281,724 cheers, winning the First Place Municipal Prize of $40,000, and an appearance in the May issue of Reader’s Digest.
The “We Hear You America” contest, which launched on November 8 and ended on February 7, tallied some 12.5 million cheers (votes) and received more than 18,000 stories from people who logged on to rd.com. The campaign drew participation from more than 9,000 cities, towns, villages and boroughs representing nearly half of the U.S.
Following is the complete list of the 10 winning towns that will be awarded monetary prizes and appear in the May “Best of America” issue of Reader’s Digest:
1. Grand Marais, MI — Grand Prize of $40,000
2. Fairbury, IL — Second Place Municipal Prize of $25,000
3. Genoa, NE — Municipal Runner-Up Prize of $10,000
4. Albion, MI – Municipal Runner-Up Prize of $10,000
5. Ainsworth, NE — Municipal Runner-Up Prize of $10,000
6. St. Johns, MI — Municipal Runner-Up Prize of $10,000