Pier 1 Imports®/UNICEF Greeting Card Contest
The Pier 1 Imports/UNICEF Greeting Card contest inspires kids in the United States to use their creative talents in a meaningful way. Children ages 14 and under are invited to submit their original artwork for an official UNICEF Holiday greeting card by November 25, 2013.
The winning design will be selected by a panel of judges on the basis of artistic quality and creative interpretation of the year’s theme “A Joyous Celebration.” The winning design will be reproduced for the 2014 holiday season and sold at Pier 1 Imports stores in the U.S and at pier1.com. The contest also selects 10 designs that are voted on by members of the public at www.pier1.com for a Fan's Choice Award.
Winners of the contest will be announced in January 2014. The grand prize winner will receive a $5,000 scholarship, and their school will receive $500 worth of art supplies.
Pier 1 Imports
One hundred percent of the proceeds from the sale of all UNICEF cards sold at U.S. Pier 1 Imports stores will go to the U.S. Fund for UNICEF to support UNICEF programs that save and improve children’s lives, providing health care and immunizations, clean water and sanitation, nutrition, education, emergency relief and more.
Pier 1 Imports began selling UNICEF greeting cards in 1985. During its successful 28-year partnership with the , Pier 1 Imports has raised more than $32 million for UNICEF. In 1992, the Pier 1 Imports/UNICEF Greeting Card Contest was created as a way to help raise awareness among U.S. school children about UNICEF’s work for kids around the world. The contest has now become a beloved annual tradition with thousands of entries from kids around the country.
Last Year’s Contest Winners
Atticus Silbaugh, from Shrewsbury, PA, was the winner of the Grand Prize Award for his interpretation of last year’s theme "A Holiday of Hope & Joy." Atticus’s artwork has been reproduced as an official UNICEF greeting card and is selling exclusively at Pier 1 Imports stores in the U.S. and at pier1.com . Along with the honor of having his artwork turned into a UNICEF greeting card, Atticus also received a $5,000 scholarship and $500 worth of art supplies for his school. Atticus’s holiday card represents a snowy day in his town. His inspiration was his quaint house on Main Street and his love of playing in the snow.
Visitors to the Pier 1 Imports website were also given the opportunity to vote for their favorite design out of 10 semi-finalists. Vivian Lu, age 12, from Arcadia, Calif. was the winner of last year’s “Fan’s Choice Award.” The winning design features two hands holding a snow globe. Within the globe three children hold hands, Vivian’s interpretation of “A Holiday of Hope and Joy.” Vivian was awarded $500 in art supplies, which she generously donated to her school.