UNICEF USA Announces Winner of Annual Pier 1 Imports®/UNICEF Greeting Card Contest

March 26, 2018

  Grand Prize design to be sold at Pier 1 Imports during the 2018 holiday season

        Grand Prize award-winning artwork by Jenny, age 13  

NEW YORK (March 26, 2018) – UNICEF USA today announced the winner of the Pier 1 Imports/UNICEF Greeting Card Contest, the theme of which was “Celebrating Children Around the World.” Thirteen-year-old Jenny from California is this year’s Grand Prize award winner. Her design will be reproduced as an official UNICEF greeting card and sold exclusively at Pier 1 Imports stores across the country and on Pier1.com during the 2018 holiday season. Jenny will also receive a $5,000 scholarship and her school will receive $500 for art supplies.

“We congratulate this year’s winner for her inspiring artwork and we thank all those who participated in the contest,” said Caryl M. Stern, president and CEO of UNICEF USA. “We are grateful to Pier 1 Imports for their longstanding partnership that helps advance our mission to put children first around the world while empowering children in the U.S. to take action in support of their peers.”

Jenny’s prize-winning artwork depicts children from around the world playing together and celebrating the holidays. Above them hang ornaments featuring flags from around the world to represent diversity. Jenny hopes her design will inspire people around the world to live in harmony and spread love and holiday cheer with those around them.

During the 2018 holiday season, one hundred percent of the proceeds from the sale of all UNICEF cards sold at U.S. Pier 1 Imports stores and on Pier1.com will go to UNICEF USA in support of UNICEF’s work providing lifesaving medicines, vaccines, nutrition, education, clean water and sanitation and emergency relief to the world’s most vulnerable children.

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. Pier 1 Imports’ long-standing partnership has raised more than $47.6 million for UNICEF in the U.S. and Canada.

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. UNICEF USA 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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For more information, contact:
Sophie Aziakou, UNICEF USA, 917.720.1397, saziakou@unicefusa.org