12 9 / 2014
But First, Coffee…with Connor Franta!
Is it your life dream to have coffee with Connor Franta? It’s his 22nd birthday today, and to celebrate, he is launching a campaign with Prizeo for The Thirst Project - and guess what you could win if you participate…
That’s right! If you make a small donation to The Thirst Project, you will be entered to win a trip to LA to have coffee with Connor at his favorite local coffee shop! If you win, you get to bring a friend, too.
The Thirst Project wants to build wells in Swaziland to provide the entire nation with clean, fresh water. Connor wants to help them raise $120,000 to help build 10 wells! And if you help him reach his goal, he will make a trip to Swaziland to participate in building a well. AND he will film a video to show you exactly where your donation is going!
Go to Prizeo.com/Connor now to help Connor raise money for The Thirst Project, and to enter to win!
Watch his video about the campaign here:
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12 9 / 2014
Spend A Fascinating Day with Jonathan Goldsmith
Jonathan Goldsmith wants to help the Mines Advisory Group (MAG) destroy land mines and save lives, and he’s looking to you for help!
And if you do choose to help him, you will be entered to win a legendary trip to Vermont (where he lives) to spend a day with him, do some falconry and go to Range Rover driving school. Sounds like quite a day!
Watch his video message about his campaign:
And head over to Prizeo.com/Jonathan for your chance to win!
10 9 / 2014
Prizeo winner Jonathan and his guest Jennie had their VIP MotoGP experience a couple weeks ago!
They attended the Day of Champions and got grid passes to watch the start of the race (and watched the rest from VIP seats!). And of course, they met MotoGP champion Marc Marquez and top rider Dani Pedrosa.
Jonathan says: “The entire weekend was beyond anything I could have expected, everyone from the Riders for Health Team to Repsol Honda were so friendly and approachable it really made the weekend. It was amazing to speak with Marc and Dani who were both great guys, so down to earth and a great laugh. It really was a once in a life time experience and something neither of us will ever forget. Thank you to everyone involved.”
Jennie, Marc Marquez and Jonathan:
Jonathan, Dani Pedrosa and Jennie:
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03 9 / 2014
A Very Special Reunion with the High School Musical Cast
*Guest blog from Prizeo winner Camilla!
This experience was a truly amazing and life changing weekend and even though it was just supposed to be just a party it ended up being a weekend full of experiences thanks to Monique Coleman.
It started before I arrived, Monique and I Skyped and we just clicked. It was like she was someone I had known for a long time. Since I was going on this trip alone she invited me to stay with her and her husband. When I flew into LA on Thursday evening she told me that a driver was going to pick me up, to my surprise the driver was Monique herself!
Friday night was the night of the High School Musical reunion dinner party that Monique put together. I could not have asked for a greater evening. The group consisted of myself, Monique and her husband, Ashley Tisdale and her fiancé, Vanessa Hudgens, Corbin Bleu, Kenny Ortega, and Chucky Kaplow. I was so nervous but they all put me at ease. I got to hear stories about their times on set and off and just about their lives. They all put forth an effort to get to know me as well which was really touching. We had a great dinner sharing stories, laughs, and memories.
Afterwards we all took pictures and my Instagram account started to blow up since Ashley tagged me in the photos she posted!
I couldn’t have asked for a better evening surrounded by people who inspired me and cheered me up in a difficult moment in my life. I am so thankful to all of them for taking the time out of their very busy schedules to have dinner with me.
On Saturday, Monique invited me to join her as she made her directorial debut for a music video. Her friend John Davisi wrote a lovely song called “Hold On” and wanted to produce a music video for it. The song really touched me because its message is about the number of today’s youth that are bullied, experiencing domestic violence, or are homeless. This song is about giving those kids the message to hold on and that they aren’t alone and that there is hope. From the afternoon until evening I got to help out on set as the singer Charissa Hogeland (from Heathers the musical on Broadway) shot her scenes. It was a lot of fun to watch and get a feel for what its like to work on a music video (I’m studying to work in the entertainment industry, specifically the music business). It was inspiring to be around such talented people and at the end we shot scenes on a rooftop with views of all of Los Angeles at sunset which took my breath away.
Sunday was the day that Monique and the team shot all the non-performance parts of the music video. After talking with Monique about my own experience of being bullied in school when I was younger, she offered me one of the featured roles in the music video. I played a girl who is bullied and whom no one will let her sit with them and later breaks down in the bathroom. I was extremely excited but also nervous because I had never really acted before and this scene called for me to cry. Monique was such an amazing director though and got that scene out of me in one take. It was a therapeutic moment for me and I could not be more grateful to Monique and John for taking a chance on me and giving me the opportunity to be in this video. I’m looking forward to when it comes out because I truly believe in the message and think this video will mean a lot to a bunch of people out there. Keep your eyes and ears open for it!
I left Los Angeles, Sunday night. This weekend felt like a dream and I still don’t think I’ve woken up from it. It’s pretty crazy to see my picture and name in all of these articles on websites such as E! Online and US Weekly.
I got to live out a once in a lifetime experience and have several dreams come true. Thank you Prizeo for serving as a platform for this to happen. And a huge thank you to Monique for being the most wonderful hostess and now friend. My life truly is changed for the better because of all of this.
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02 9 / 2014
A FanTASTic Day on the Avengers Set!
Mark Ruffalo’s grand prize winner, Richard, and his wife visited the set of The Avengers this month, and he was kind enough to tell us about his day! Read on!
It was a blast. We got to meet Mark and watch him film his final scene, some of it from actually on the set next to him. We also got to see some filming with Paul Bettany (Jarvis and the Vision), Elizabeth Olsen (Scarlet Witch), Aaron Johnson (Quicksilver), Aaron’s double doing some simulated super-speed running (since Aaron had hurt or broken his foot), and Iron Man’s double in full armor, which was cool.
A set photographer took pictures of us with Mark, us with Iron Man, and they did bring out one of the Captain America shields and Thor’s Hammer, Mjolnir, and they took a pic of my wife and I wielding them together. :)
Also, Joss Whedon was on set directing, so I got to meet and briefly talk with the creator of Firefly, which tickled both my wife and I. We saw craft services, and after choosing our meals, we were told that Mark was having the Set Chef cook us up some steaks, so we had to abandon the rest of the food, lol.
Mark sat down with us for a while after having us see the Avengers 2 trailer that had just been shown at Comic-Con. We talked a while about various topics. He is a very generous gentleman. We met his family, as they came in to get him that day; just fabulous, friendly people. He signed a poster and several photos.
The set visit was fanTASTic!
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26 8 / 2014
Christopher’s Fantasy Football Pow Wow with Adam Schefter
Prizeo winner Christopher had lunch with Adam Schefter and Carolyn from All Hands Volunteers, and shared his experience with us! Read on:
Lunch with Adam and Carolyn was absolutely fantastic! We had a great fantasy football conversation with Adam, debating PPR vs Standard leagues. And we had the opportunity to learn a great deal about All Hands from Carolyn. A huge thank you to Adam for being so generous with his time!
Everything ran very smoothly. It really couldn’t have gone better. The hotel was wonderful with very helpful staff. Its proximity to the train station (1 block away) really gave us the opportunity to get into the city and do some sightseeing.
Between Wednesday afternoon and Thursday, we managed to get to Times Square, 30 Rock, Grand Central, attend a Yankee game, Ground Zero Memorial, Statue of Liberty, Central Park and a meal at Carnegie deli.
And we still got in an almost 2 hour lunch with Adam & Carolyn! I know that’s barely scratching the surface of what New York has to offer, but that just leaves more for the next trip!
26 8 / 2014
Prizeo Winner Shelby Sang with Hunter Hayes!
*Prizeo winner Shelby Lynn Thomas hung out with Hunter Hayes and even sang with him during her experience! She wrote about her trip and shared a video with us - check it out:
Hanging out with Hunter Hayes was an experience like no other. I have always been a fan of his music since the day I heard his first record. Being able to fly out to NYC, a big change from where I’m from, and hanging out with him was completely unreal. We got henna tattoos together (his a sleeve, mine a design and his logo on my arm), took pictures together and even sang together.
Prizeo, I can’t thank you enough for allowing me to do this. The Grammy foundation, I am so blessed to have made my contribution to your incredible cause for music education.
Finally, Hunter, thank you for being the most amazingly talented, handsome, and all around sweetest man I have ever met. I can’t wait to see you again this fall for your tour and to be able to reminisce on our time in NYC with you thanks to Prizeo!
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25 8 / 2014
Miley Cyrus Announces her Prizeo Campaign on the MTV VMAs!
Miley Cyrus did something very special last night for her acceptance of the Video of the Year award at the MTV Video Music Awards.
Her date for the evening was Jesse. Jesse is a 22-year-old homeless man that she met during her visit at My Friend’s Place, an LA-based charity organization that aims to end youth homelessness. When it was announced that she had won the award, instead of going up there herself, she had Jesse accept the award on her behalf and speak about the issue of youth homelessness.
And she and Jesse launched her Prizeo campaign! Here is all of the info in Miley’s video message:
So join her in supporting My Friend’s Place and you could win a trip for 2 to Rio to hang out with Miley and have the ultimate VIP concert experience!
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18 8 / 2014
Thanking Paul McCartney was “The Biggest Thing I’ve Ever Done for Me”
Prizeo grand prize winner Leslie met Sir Paul McCartney last week in San Francisco! She wrote all about her experience on her own blog, but here are some of the highlights! *Note: They will receive the photo in a few weeks, and we will be sure to post an update when they do!
We were led down onto the field where we met all kinds of folks…it was awesome. Right before soundcheck started, a woman named Shelly came out and gave us the ground rules: no video, no using cell phones except to take photos. Oh also: have a great time and make lots of noise for Paul so he knows we are having a good time. No problem.
Maybe about five minutes later, Paul and the band took the stage. And my mother lost it. She started to cry and she didn’t stop for about fifteen minutes. I just held her. She called my father but all he could hear was her crying with Paul singing in the background. I took a few photos with my cell and then I kicked my shoes off, put my stuff on the ground and just started singing with Paul. It totally rocked!
Leslie, her mom, and Hunter from Aid Still Required:
I have no clue what he sang…all I know is that I knew every word. Eventually, Mom started singing and dancing too, which was cool, as did Hunter. He is just awesome, totally my new favorite person forever. We had a great time.
I think soundcheck was an hour. It flew by so fast that it was kinda a blur. I know that at one point Shelly told Mom to stop calling people. I had to laugh. Mom was so excited she couldn’t help herself.
Hunter, Mom and I were the first three set to meet Paul. We met the photographer, MJ Kim, and he posed us in front of this totally awesome backdrop. He asked us to remove our VIP passes for the photo, and I’m pretty sure he took a photo of just the three of us before he asked:
"Ok, so Paul will have to fit in this photo. Where would you like him to stand?"
The order went: Hunter, Mom and me on the end. And before I knew it, I answered Mr. Kim: “He can stand between Hunter and Mom.”
My mother turned and looked at me with eyes wider and bluer than I’d ever seen them before. “Oh my God!”
Well, you know, it suddenly occurred to me that, yeah, I won the contest but I wouldn’t have even been standing there if it weren’t for the two people on my right. So, let them flank Paul. It wasn’t like I wasn’t still gonna be in the photo. I think I shocked both of them, though.
Mr. Kim asked us to stay put and we waited for Paul. He peeked out once and Mom took in an OMG breath. It was cool. Then, others began to pile into the room and form a line. Mom was busy looking at all of the celebrities and dignitaries and I was doing my damnedest to keep myself collected. It suddenly became very difficult to remain calm, but if knew that if I didn’t I would regret making an ass of myself in front of a room full of people…and Paul.
Suddenly, Paul emerged from the trailer. I looked over and took in a deep breath. Then I elbowed my mother.
"Mom, look." I whispered.
"Oh my God, it’s him."
I think some switch flipped inside my head and I went on autopilot. Michele brought him over towards us. He met Hunter first. Paul knew all about the contest of course and was happy to meet him finally, I heard him say to Hunter. Paul also said he was always happy to help because there are so many people still in need. Any help he needed, just ask. Then Hunter introduced Mom to Paul.
He shook her hand. Honestly, I don’t know what Paul said to Mom or she to him because I suddenly realized it was almost my turn. Oh. My. God. I felt like I was going to vomit, but I miraculously remained calm.
"And this is our winner, Leslie." I heard Hunter say and the next thing I knew, Paul shook my hand.
I had about 159,000 things planned to say and millions of scenarios in my head of exactly how this moment would happen. I’ve dreamed about meeting this man for almost my whole life. Of course, it was better than anything I ever imagined.
"Thanks for winning and for doing what you do." Paul said to me.
"Thank you, Paul." I said.
Then he asked where he was going to stand. Mr. Kim directed him to stand between Hunter and Mom.
Mom: “Oh! I get to hug Paul McCartney!”
I swear I saw him crack a smile at that.
He took three photos and then it was over. Paul thanked us again and I replied;
"No, thank you so much."
I have wanted to thank him forever. He was my role model, my hero and the biggest influence on me, besides my mother and grandmother. I wanted to thank him for being there whenever I needed him, for often being the only one I felt completely connected to, for inspiring me in ways that no one else ever has or will. I think I managed to convey all of that in just those five little words. At least, I hope I did. Not so much for Paul’s benefit, but because it was what I needed to do for myself. It was the biggest thing I’ve ever done for me. My inner child is grateful.
You can read Leslie’s complete experience (starting from when she found out she was the winner and all the way through the experience) here!
11 8 / 2014
Want Zac Efron’s Car? It Could Be Yours…
Zac Efron is giving away something very special to him - the very first car he ever owned! He’s doing it for a great cause, and you can help - and maybe win his car, too. And if you do, you’ll get the keys from Zac himself!
So if you want to meet Zac and take his car home with you, head over to Prizeo.com/Zac for all of the details and to enter to win!
He has put together some cool signed rewards, too. The campaign will benefit Make-A-Wish and Make-A-Wish International.
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