SOURCE: The Gallery Collection

The Gallery Collection

September 23, 2009 10:59 ET

Christmas Cards Company The Gallery Collection Receives Nomination for Shine A Light Award From American Express and NBC

RIDGEFIELD PARK, NJ--(Marketwire - September 23, 2009) - Prudent Publishing's The Gallery Collection, the leading personalized Christmas cards publisher in the nation, proudly announced today its nomination for American Express and NBC Universal's "Shine A Light" sponsorship program, which provides an opportunity for thousands of people to shine a light on inspirational small businesses.

A nomination story about The Gallery Collection's morale boosting efforts for the nation's military service members was submitted by Shelle Michaels, who is actively involved in Soldiers' Angels, one of the nation's largest volunteer-led non-profit military support organizations. The nomination story, entitled "Happiness in an Envelope," can be read by visiting the following link: http://shinealight.ivillage.com/sbo-profile/?ProfileID=6707.

"It is quite an honor to have been nominated by such a fine organization as Soldiers' Angels," commented H.L. DeVore, Chief Marketing Officer of Prudent Publishing. "We are also very proud to receive this recognition along side so many other small businesses that have managed to inspire despite these difficult economic times."

DeVore went on to say, "The economy has certainly impacted our business, but despite the terrible economy, we are pleased to be making efforts to support worthy causes that can use the compassion and caring associated with sending greeting cards."

While only needing support from 50 registered users, the Christmas cards company's nomination story has received 169 endorsements to date. Three judges -- Diane Von Furstenberg, JJ Ramberg, and Ellen Degeneres -- will evaluate the top 150 nominated stories and select three Finalists. From September 24th through October 16th, registered voters will cast their ballots for the most inspiring small business among the three Finalists selected by the judges.

The three Finalists will each receive a $10,000 grant, and the winning small business will receive an additional $50,000 grant and $50,000 worth of marketing support. Additionally, the submitters of the three Finalists will each receive a $3,000 American Express Gift Card. The winning small business will be announced on October 19th.

Anyone who is a resident of the United States and is at least 18 years of age can register to vote for the winning nomination. For more information about "Shine A Light" from American Express in partnership with NBC Universal and to become a registered voter, please visit: http://shinealight.ivillage.com/.

To read about how The Gallery Collection first got involved with the Soldiers' Angels organization, please visit: http://www.gallerycollection.com/articles/supportingourtroops.htm.

About The Gallery Collection - Prudent Publishing's The Gallery Collection is the leading publisher of premium quality corporate holiday cards and personalized holiday cards in the United States. Established in 1929 and still family owned, the company offers direct-from-the-publisher prices that include customized ink and foil imprints, a large selection of memorable greetings, and matching deckle-edged envelopes made of recycled paper. GalleryCollection.com also offers a wide array of business birthday cards, thank you cards, anniversary cards, and sympathy cards, many of which are FSC-certified (SW-COC-002530) and produced with Green-e certified renewable energy.

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