via press release:
JEN HENEY OF COLUMBUS, OHIO IS THE GRAND PRIZE WINNER OF
“LIVE WITH KELLY AND MICHAEL’S”
Her Thoughtful Acts Of Kindness Garner $10,000 Grand Prize,
Plus $10,000 for The Wounded Warrior Project
NEW YORK, NY – December 12, 2014 – On today’s “LIVE with Kelly and Michael,” hosts Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan announced Jen Heney of Columbus, Ohio as the grand prize winner of “#liveAOK,” a partnership with EXTRA Gum® designed to reward and celebrate those who embody the spirit of giving. The hosts of the popular morning show surprised the 28-year-old with the news this morning via a phone call, live on the air.
Since it was announced on “LIVE” last month, “#liveAOK” has turned the spotlight on people whose thoughtfulness has brightened others’ lives. Heney was nominated for a very simple but selfless act: every couple of weeks, she sends batches of homemade cookies to her boyfriend and his platoon, who currently are deployed in Afghanistan. For this generous gesture – sending a bit of home to a group of military members stationed across the globe – Heney was selected as the “#liveAOK” grand prize winner. She’ll be rewarded with $10,000 and a year’s supply of EXTRA Gum, plus a $10,000 donation that will be made to her favorite charity: the Wounded Warrior Project.
Five weekly winners also were recognized on the show for their simple Acts Of Kindness and were awarded $500 cash and a year’s supply of EXTRA Gum:
Donna Paraggio, of Ormond Beach, Florida, who paid the grocery store balance for a young mother she didn’t know, after she came up short at the register.
Wendy Hernandez, of Myakka City, Florida, who buys extra umbrellas at the $1 store and gifts them to strangers stuck in the rain.
Matthew Beaudin of Florence, KY, who anonymously bought a Christmas tree for a family that couldn’t afford to buy one.
Elly Craig from Waukee, Iowa, a “LIVE” Travel Trivia caller who redeemed her $500 gift card consolation prize for a prime rib, and promptly donated it to a local shelter for their Christmas dinner.
Aurelia Pacey from Manhattan, KS, who, at the age of 86, has handmade 1000 dresses for girls in third world countries.
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