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Chautauqua County Visitors Bureau
Chautauqua County Executive Vince Horrigan, Chautauqua County Visitors Bureau Executive Director Andrew Nixon, and Digitell, Inc. CEO and President James Parker announced today that David Saxton and Guy Karam have been selected as the grand prize winners of the 2015 I Love CHQ Challenge video contest.
Saxton, who is from Jamestown, submitted two winning videos throughout the contest and he won the grand prize for his video entitled, “2 Fast Minutes in Jamestown, N.Y.” Karam, who is from Lebanon, won for his video entitled, “Worldwide Scholars in Chautauqua County.”
Throughout the four periods of the contest, a total of 14 wining videos were selected. These 90 second to 3-minute long videos submitted by Chautauqua County residents and visitors portrayed what they love about the county in the five thematic categories of Local Flavors, Outdoors and Recreation, Living Here, Working Here, and Arts, Culture, History and Education.
With the conclusion of the contest, all 14 winning videos were in the running for a final $1,000 grand prize. As Saxton and Karam’s videos tied with the highest overall score, the review committee decided to have the two winners split the grand prize as they each received $500.
Karam created his video with fellow scholars of the 2015 Chautauqua Scholarship Program and has once again donated his winnings to the scholarship program.
The Chautauqua Scholarship Program, which is sponsored by the International Order of The King’s Daughters and Sons (IOKDS), makes its home for four weeks during the summer at the Chautauqua Institution. It provides Christians ages 19 through 25 with the opportunity to further develop their spiritual lives by accessing enrichment programs and activities in the Chautauqua Institution’s four program areas of Religion, Education, The Arts, and Recreation. Accepting the check on behalf of the IOKDS was Chris White.
The I Love CHQ Challenge Video Contest was a campaign to foster positive images about the Chautauqua County area. It was a collaboration involving the Office of the Chautauqua County Executive, the County of Chautauqua Industrial Development Agency, the Chautauqua County Visitors Bureau, the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce, the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts, the Jamestown Renaissance Corporation, and Digitell, Inc.