via press release:
Baltimore Native Wins $750,000 Grand Prize Package In HGTV Urban Oasis Giveaway 2011
BALTIMORE, Oct. 25, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Tears of joy flowed when Deborah Robertson of Baltimore was surprised Monday night with the news that she won the 2011 HGTV Urban Oasis, a luxury one-bedroom residence on the 35th floor of Trump International Hotel & Tower® Chicago. The fully-furnished residence, with sweeping vistas of the city's skyline, was custom-designed by HGTV's Vern Yip and is the centerpiece of a grand prize package valued at more than $750,000. Robertson's emotional reaction to winning will be televised as part of the HGTV Urban Oasis Giveaway 2011 special on Thursday, December 29, 2011 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.
"So excited," said Robertson upon hearing the news. "I feel like I'm going to faint. I never in a million years expected this!"
Robertson, 57, and her sister were relaxing after work in the home where they were raised when Yip approached her with the news. An enthusiastic HGTV fan whose name was randomly drawn from almost 14 million entries, Robertson entered the second annual HGTV Urban Oasis Giveaway twice a day, seven days a week throughout the sweepstakes entry period.
Yip, a favorite with viewers and a member of the judging panel on the top rated series HGTV Design Star, decorated the high-rise residence with an eclectic mix of period pieces and contemporary decor reflective of Chicago's heart and soul. "This homage to Chicago showcases an easy juxtaposition of old and new that is representative of the city," said Yip. The residence includes one bedroom, 1 1/2 baths, a fully appointed gourmet kitchen and floor-to-ceiling windows that breathtaking views of the city's skyline, the Chicago River and Lake Michigan. Owners also benefit from full access to the tower's five star services such as a state-of-the-art spa and fitness center, complete with a 72" indoor pool, a Michelin-rated fine-dining restaurant, and a 24-hour concierge, among others.
"What a thrill to watch Debbie's reaction when she learned that she had won the HGTV Urban Oasis," said HGTV President Jim Samples. "Millions of HGTV fans who are fascinated by city-living participated in this year's giveaway. Our lucky winner will have the opportunity to live in a walkable and vibrant downtown location, surrounded by Chicago's unique restaurants, shopping, and entertainment. This home and its interior design reflect Chicago's rich cultural and architectural heritage."
Online users can continue to visit HGTV.com/urbanoasis for a blog with exclusive videos of the Chicago neighborhood and urban design ideas. A virtual tour and slideshow tours of the residence on the 35th floor of Trump Tower also are available online. Additional topics, including information on moving to an urban environment and small space living, are covered on HGTV's FrontDoor.com.