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Chautauqua County Executive Vince Horrigan and other local partners announced today that three winners have been selected for the third period of the I Love CHQ Challenge video contest, which concluded on August 31, 2015.
Winners were Tracie DeMotte, Guy Karam, and Shelly Wells. DeMotte, who is from Jamestown, NY, had two winning videos this contest period as her video, “Birds, Bees, and Butterflies,” won in the Outdoor and Recreation category and her video, “Local Flavors in Chautauqua County,” won in the Local Flavors category. Karam, who is from Lebanon, won in the Living Here category with his video, “Worldwide Scholars in Chautauqua County,” and Wells, who is from Stow, NY, won in the Arts, Culture, History, and Education category with her video, “Bemus Point-Stow Ferry.” Each winner received a $250 prize with DeMotte receiving $500 for her two winning entries. There were no entrants in the Working Here category.
Karam, who created his video with fellow scholars of the 2015 Chautauqua Scholarship Program, had his winnings go 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 IOKDS was Chris White.
The I Love CHQ Challenge is a social media promotion that utilizes video images of the area in conjunction with Facebook. Videos are shared in order to generate “likes” and also evaluated by a local review group. The premise behind the campaign is to foster positive images about the Chautauqua County area. The sub-theme for the promotion is “What Do You Love About Chautauqua County?”
The promotion’s fourth and final contest period began on September 1 and continues until October 31. Local residents as well as visitors are encouraged to upload 90 second to 3 minute videos in five thematic areas, through the designated Facebook page. They should then share the video and attempt to generate as many likes as possible. Up to five participants will be eligible to win prizes during the final contest period.
The five theme areas are:
· Local Flavors—agriculture, agribeverage and agritourism, and local ingredients as part of great dining experiences.
· Outdoors and Recreation—lakes, trails and forests, golf, ski, and much more.
· Living Here—places to live, quality of life, favorite activities and events.
· Working Here—from health care to Harley Davidson, and welding to winery tour guide.
· Arts, Culture, History, and Education—fun, unique, and notable . . . Chautauqua is The World’s Learning Center.
For additional information about the contest and to enter, visit www.facebook.com/Tour.Chautauqua and select the I Love CHQ Challenge tab.
The I Love CHQ Challenge Video Contest is 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. and Communities Project Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org, (716) 338-0010, or join us on Facebook Creating Health Places in Chautauqua County.