NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - November 01, 2016) - From November 1-23, the annual Pier 1 Imports/UNICEF Greeting Card Contest invites children in the United States ages 14 and under to submit their original artwork for the chance to become the winning artist for the 2017 holiday season. One design, chosen from thousands of entries, will be reproduced as an official UNICEF holiday greeting card for 2017 and sold exclusively at Pier 1 Imports stores nationwide and on Pier1.com.
"The Pier 1 Imports/UNICEF Greeting Card Contest is a beloved annual tradition that encourages kids to put their creative ability in service of the world's most vulnerable children," said Caryl M. Stern, president and CEO of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF. "We are grateful to our long-standing partner Pier 1 Imports for their commitment to helping us inspire a new generation of global citizens to feel empowered to make a difference for their peers around the world."
The contest theme this year is 'Peace, Love and Joy.' In addition to having their design created into a greeting card, the Grand Prize winner, announced in January 2017, will receive a $5,000 scholarship and $500 for art supplies for their school. From December 13, 2016 through January 2, 2017, visitors to the Pier 1 Imports website can also vote for the Fan's Choice Award winner, who will receive $500 for art supplies.
Entry forms are now available at all Pier 1 Imports stores nationwide while supplies last, online at www.pier1.com/unicef and www.unicefusa.org/pier1 or by calling Pier 1 Imports' Customer Relations department at 1-800-245-4595. All entries must be hand-drawn and received by Pier 1 Imports' Corporate Headquarters by November 23, 2016. Children's artwork will be judged on artistic quality and creative interpretation of the theme.
Pier 1 Imports started selling UNICEF greeting cards in 1985 and began the greeting card contest in 1992 as a way to help raise awareness among U.S. school children about UNICEF's lifesaving work for children around the world. The contest has inspired kids from coast to coast to use their creative talents in a meaningful way. The long-standing partnership has raised more than $45 million for UNICEF in the U.S. and Canada.
The 2016 line of UNICEF greeting cards is currently available at Pier 1 Imports store locations nationwide and online at www.pier1.com.
The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) works in more than 190 countries and territories to put children first. UNICEF has helped save more children's lives than any other humanitarian organization, by providing health care and immunizations, clean water and sanitation, nutrition, education, emergency relief and more. The U.S. Fund for UNICEF supports UNICEF's work through fundraising, advocacy and education in the United States. Together, we are working toward the day when no children die from preventable causes and every child has a safe and healthy childhood. For more information, visit www.unicefusa.org.
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