18 4 / 2014
Hitting the Set of “The Hunger Games,” VIP-Style
*Guest blog from “The Hunger Games” winner, Nicole! Note: photos were not allowed on set :)
"The Hunger Games" set visit was such an amazing experience! Thank you so so much to Prizeo for making this happen. Jon [Kilik, producer] was so great - he showed us around set and introduced us to a lot of the crew. My sister and I got to watch the filming process live, which was so interesting. It truly gave us a whole new appreciation for the time, effort, and number of people that it takes to make it all happen.
When we first arrived on set, we got to see some of the cast getting their hair done in the hair and makeup trailer, then we got a tour of the set and saw how the lighting and sound were done.
Jon showed us the catering area and then we had an incredible lunch with him and the crew. We watched all of the scenes on a monitor, just like the director and producers, and we got headphones so we could listen to all of the dialogue and hear some of their commentary in between takes!
Then before we went to the airport the next day, Jon was nice enough to take us to the see the set where they were shooting that day, which was for one of their larger scenes. He took us through the staging area where they were preparing hundreds of extras with costumes, hair, and makeup. It was really cool to see!
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11 4 / 2014
Wine + Music + Food = Fun!
*Guest blog by Live in the Vineyard winner Erika So
From Colbie Caillat’s intimate performance and seeing new artists at the Uptown theater to countless wine tastings and new friends, my weekend at Live in the Vineyard was truly unforgettable.
When Colbie sang Realize less than ten feet in front of me, I cried tears of joy as I sang along to the familiar song, not believing that it was actually happening.
The evening concerts on both nights were nothing short of spectacular, including performances by Passenger (“Let Her Go”), Mary Lambert (“She Keeps Me Warm”), LP, Sarah McLachlan, O.A.R., Fitz & the Tantrums, Alternate Routes, Plumb, Yuna, and Hunter Hayes.
It was pouring rain the first day we got there, but the sun came out soon after and brightened our weekend after a healthy downpour. Thanks so much, Prizeo, for giving me such a spectacular experience!
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09 4 / 2014
Want the Founder of AOL to Be Your Mentor?
Are you dreaming of building your own startup? Do you have a great idea that you’re working on already? Do you think it’s something you might want to pursue, but you aren’t sure about it yet?
Well, who better to give you advice than AOL founder and all around startup guru Steve Case? You could win a mentor lunch with him - and at the same time, help him support UP Global, a non-profit organization that helps empower entrepreneurs who can change the world.
He was also just named one of the President’s Ambassadors for Global Entrepreneurship, too!
So here’s your opportunity. Make your idea a reality with the help of the man that brought us AOL and completely changed the way we communicate with each other and the way we get information!
07 4 / 2014
My Meeting with Mother Monster!
*Guest blog by Lady Gaga grand prize winner Jessi!
Lady Gaga has always been a huge part of my life from the very beginning of her career; through inspiring lyrics and powerful ballads, to quirky outfits and bold statements about always standing up for who you are and what you believe in no matter what the cost, she has changed my life. And this week has been no exception!
Thanks to Mother Monster, she teamed up with Prizeo and her amazing charity foundation the Born This Way Foundation to give someone the opportunity of a lifetime to fly to New York City to see her perform at her sold out concert at Roseland Ballroom and have an intimate dinner with her and her family.
I stumbled across this contest and I have always been a huge supporter for the BTWF and Lady Gaga’s stance on bullying and representing a more loving and caring world so I was glad to donate to the foundation.
Now, let me just tell you that I am the most unlucky person when it comes to contests! I can’t even win a small door prize if I begged so with this donation and entering into this contest I said a big prayer but knew that I had ZERO chance of winning, but I felt great knowing I donated to a cause that I strongly believe in.
Weeks went by and the contest finally ended when I got the news that would change a little monster’s life forever: “Hi Jessica, CONGRATULATIONS!!! Our Lady Gaga Prizeo campaign just ended and we have chosen the winner… and YOU have been randomly selected!!” This was the ultimate dream come true for me and I never in my wildest dreams expected something like this could happen to me. This email set everything into motion for the most AMAZING experience of my life!
New York City has always been a city on my bucket list to visit, and to get the chance to travel there to see Lady Gaga is so mind-blowing, it still feels like a dream.
We arrived on Monday March 31st just hours before her performance at one of her sold out concerts at Roseland Ballroom. At the very beginning of the performance, Lady Starlight performed as a one-woman techno show and totally rocked it! It was a great atmosphere to start the night and everyone was having a blast.
Then, Lady Gaga come out to perform her epic song “Born This Way” on the piano and everyone went CRAZY! If you thought Mother Monster could sing, you have never heard her live because she is INCREDIBLE live, especially when it is just her and her piano. Then she performed many hits like “Black Jesus + Amen Fashion”,” Monster”,” Bad Romance”, and “Sexxx Dreams”. She performed “Dope” by the V.I.P section of the stage (again, her and the piano!) and it brought me to tears because it was so raw and unbelievable. “You and I” came next along with “Poker Face” which was so fun because it was also piano version and a very different version, it was awesome!
After costume change she came out with the song that made everyone fall in love with her in the first place, “Just Dance” which had everyone dancing! Then came “Applause” (and confetti!) and the encore” G.U.Y”. where she showed off some amazing dance and vocal skills! I felt like this show was a very personal show between her and her fans, and a perfect transition from the old Gaga to the new Artpop Gaga! I cannot wait to see what is in store for her ARTRAVE tour because you can bet I will be there in ATL!
After having the time of my life at her amazing show at Roseland on Monday, Tuesday April 1st came around and I got to tour the city during the day until it was time for dinner with Lady Gaga and The Germanotta Family at their family owned restaurant Joanne Trattoria. We arrived to the restaurant before our dinner hosts so we got to sit at the bar and met a lot of the locals and our chef for the evening. Everyone was so friendly and so welcoming!
After a few minutes, Mrs. Cynthia Germanotta approached me and introduced herself. I thought I was nervous before until I saw LG’s beautiful mother standing right in front of me and hugging me, I thought I was going to pass out from excitement and nerves! This whole experience was becoming very real at that very moment. Then Mr. Joe Germanotta and her sister Natali Germanotta arrived and introduced themselves, and I was becoming more and more nervous by the minute. I was in need of some more of the delicious Sangria they served me because dinner hasn’t even started and Lady Gaga wasn’t even there yet and I was shaking! How was I supposed to make it through this dinner being so incredibly nervous?
As we sat down for dinner, Mrs. Cynthia, Joe, and Natali were incredibly sweet and they knew how nervous I was and they made me feel very comfortable (I am forever thankful for them!).
Once I thought I was holding great composure and feeling calm, out of the corner of my eye I see the one person I have admired for years and listened to all of her albums over and over again; the one entertainer I just watched perform the night before who had me dancing one minute and crying the next minute because of the raw, beautiful performance of just her and the piano. It was Lady Gaga walking towards me!
I am shocked/stunned/excited/nervous/ anything you can thing I’m pretty sure I was that when I saw the flawless, beautiful Mother Monster walking towards me and hugging me, asking me if I was Jessi! My dream comes true!
I meet her manager and creative designer and we all get settled for the most amazing family-style Italian dinner I have ever eaten in my life! As we are eating Joanne’s delicious meatballs, Flash Fried Calamari with hot peppers and Quinoa Pasta (and so much more!), Lady Gaga and her family were asking about family, hobbies, food, traveling, and other topics that made dinner seem so… normal. Lady Gaga was so down- to-earth, super incredible, and absolutely stunning! The whole crew made me feel as if I have been a part of their family all along!
I could not believe I was at the same dinner table as LG was talking to me about performing on the David Letterman Show the next night (OMG!). She took many pictures with me and we talked about her Roseland Ballroom concerts along with her ARTRAVE tour while eating the most delicious desserts!
I’m still on cloud nine…could someone please pinch me?! Then she gave the best gift I could ever receive, a large ARTPOP poster with “Jessi I love you so much beautiful –Lady Gaga” autographed on it that made me lose all composure and cry!
The whole experience was so amazing and the best gift a little monster could EVER wish for in their wildest dreams. Lady Gaga is sitting right beside me, hugging ME!! It was the moment of a lifetime and the two days in NYC I will NEVER forget!!
There really are no words to express how thankful I am for Lady Gaga, Prizeo and the Born This Way Foundation to give me the opportunity for this amazing, once-in-a-lifetime, dream-come-true experience to meet the one person who for years has changed my life in so many ways. I found out this week officially that “New York is not just a tan that you’ll never lose”, it is a city that stays with you forever and I will definitely go back (however it won’t EVER be as epic as this trip!).
Also, I learned that Lady Gaga is the most down to earth person I have ever met who loves to perform for her fans more than anything. After this trip to meet Mother Monster, I have even more respect, admiration, and love for her as a person and as the amazing performer that she is and always will be for years to come!
Paws up Little Monsters!
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07 4 / 2014
Win the Best Cooking Lesson Ever with Jamie Oliver
We’re so excited to tell you that we are working with Jamie Oliver again! You could win a private cooking lesson and a VIP restaurant dining experience with Jamie - all in support of the Jamie Oliver Food Foundation and Food Revolution Day!
You will win a trip to London for you and a guest, complete with hotel accommodations at the Ace Hotel in Shoreditch. You’ll even get £1000 to spend, and a signed copy of Save with Jamie!
Last year’s winner, Annie, and her guest had an awesome time - she told us, “Jamie was so wonderful in person. It really was a wonderful experience and we were both so pleased to have been part of his cooking revolution!”
They made pasta from scratch, and a surprise guest popped by, too!
Well, this could be YOU this time! All you have to do is support the Jamie Oliver Food Foundation (you can get some awesome guaranteed rewards too, including an exclusive campaign t-shirt, a signed photo and a personalized signed book!) and you can enter to win!
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27 3 / 2014
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26 3 / 2014
Wanna Hang with Spider-Man?
Andrew Garfield (that’s right - Spider-Man himself!) wants to invite someone to the premiere of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 in New York City on April 24th - and it could be you!
He’s doing this all for Worldwide Orphans, an awesome organization that helps orphaned children become healthy, independent, productive members of their communities and the world. A worthwhile cause, if we do say so ourselves!
So for a small donation to Worldwide Orphans, you will be entered to win a trip for 2 to New York City to attend the premiere on April 24th, where you will walk the red carpet, meet and take a photo with Andrew, see the film (you’ll be one of the first to see it!), and go to the after party!
But the fun doesn’t end there! The very next day, you will hang with Andrew at his PSA shoot, where you can chat and see for yourself how a shoot is done!
You can also get amazing guaranteed rewards if you choose to donate more, including a signed photo and a personalized, signed The Amazing Spider-Man 2 poster!
Help Andrew support Worldwide Orphans, and enter to win now!
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24 3 / 2014
Meeting Harry and Liam was “Nothing Short of a Dream Come True”
Grand prize winner Allison and her friend Lindsay hung out with One Direction’s Harry and Liam last week, and it sounds like it was a dream come true! We’ll let her tell you herself how it all went down:
"Our experience with meeting Harry and Liam was really nothing short of a dream come true. The entire trip was just completely surreal and we’re still reeling over the fact that the whole thing actually happened! The boys could not possibly have been any nicer or fun to hang out with. They really made us feel totally comfortable and it felt more like we were sharing a night out with friends rather than two members of a massive band.
The whole day was really exciting from start to finish! In the morning, my mom, sister, and I met up with the Trekstock team at their headquarters, where they were kind enough to treat us to lunch. The whole Trekstock team was just incredibly lovely and so accommodating throughout our whole stay in London. On behalf of me and my family, I just really want to thank them for hosting us and making the experience so memorable!
After we had finished lunch, my sister Lindsay and I set off to do some serious damage shopping in the amazing stores on Carnaby Street. We just completely fell in love with the area! Afterwards, we were promptly whisked off to Benefit, where some lovely ladies were generous enough to treat both me and Lindsay to makeovers. It definitely made us feel like celebs for the day!
Once our shopping day was over, my sister and I rushed back to our hotel, where we somewhat frantically attempted to decide what to wear to our dinner with the boys. After just about driving our mom crazy with the amount of outfit changes we managed to rack up between the two of us, we were finally ready and made our way over to where the boys were waiting. Along the way, we actually ran in to some 1D fans who were all incredibly sweet and had some lovely words of encouragement for us, which we really appreciated!
Lindsay and I were pretty anxious before meeting Harry and Liam. But from the moment we walked in to greet them, they immediately made us feel at ease. Both boys were incredibly sweet and hilarious to talk to! They really did prove themselves to be completely normal guys – although perhaps a bit more charming.
While we’d certainly love the chance to get to see them again, at least for now we can bask in the fact that they went completely above and beyond our expectations and managed to make even bigger fans out of the two of us than we already were!
We can’t thank Trekstock, Liam, and Harry enough for not only allowing us to enjoy the trip of a lifetime, but also for the opportunity to be a small part of such a wonderful cause! To have had this experience, in addition to helping support Trekstock’s mission, is really just beyond incredible.”
A massive thank you to Allison for sharing her experience with us! We’re so happy she had such an awesome experience!
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18 3 / 2014
The Most Amazing Prize in the History of Mankind - It Happened!
We thought we’d let Jake take the reigns and tell you all about his experience hanging out with Will Ferrell, and attending the Desert Showdown earlier this month!
"My Prizeo trip to Palm Springs was nothing short of incredible. My friend Andrew and I arrived at our hotel/casino and immediately went to the tables to see if our luck was still going after winning this contest…it wasn’t.
The next morning we met Will at Bighorn Golf Club. We talked about a variety of subjects, including the Cancer for College charity and his Funny or Die tour from a few years back. What also came through in our discussion was how much Will really committed to the charity events.”
Okay, we’d also like to mention that sock puppets were in fact involved - here’s a photo of Will signing them! When asked about the weirdest item he has ever been asked to sign, he said, “This is up there!” By the way, on the right of this photo is Greg, the founder of Cancer for College. We love that he joined in on the fun, too!
All right, back to Jake!
"The next was the tennis tournament and the concert! The tournament was great, everyone involved had a lot of fun with it, and it was very entertaining.
Hearing Boyz II Men, Red Foo, and Nelly jam out at the concert was awesome, and it was great to hear Nelly do stuff from his Country Grammar Album.
Overall, we had a great trip that was expertly coordinated, and it was a true once in a lifetime experience!”
We couldn’t be more thrilled to hear that Jake and Andrew had an incredible experience with Will Ferrell (a truly wonderful person) - sounds like it was a perfect desert getaway!
13 3 / 2014
Spend a Day on The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Set!
Calling all Hunger Games fans!
We are beyond excited to tell you that you could win a chance to spend a day on the set of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay!!
This is all thanks to movie producer Jon Kilik, who decided to get on Prizeo to raise money for the Kristen Ann Carr Fund for cancer research and to help improve quality of life for cancer patients.
For a small donation to an awesome cause, you will be entered to win a trip for you and a guest to hang out on the Hunger Games set with Jon - he will personally show you around, introduce you to cast members, and have lunch with you on set. You will get a firsthand behind the scenes look at the film!
We’re super excited that one of you will get to have this awesome experience - and it could be YOU! Click here to enter!
Seriously, you could watch some epic moments happen IN PERSON - like these:
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