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Win a Weeklong Vacation in a Nantucket Beach House
Congratulations to our winner!
Fort Lauderdale, FL
what you'll do
Home to gorgeous beaches, historic sites and lobster bloody mary’s (!), Nantucket is the perfect summer getaway spot. And you’ve scored a weeklong vacation to experience its charms for yourself! We’re putting you and your three guests up in a lovely vacation home with easy beach access, plus giving you $2,000 to fully enjoy your chic week in the sun. Take a picturesque bike ride through the dunes. Visit the second oldest lighthouse in the US. Eat the best ice cream of your life at The Juice Bar. (The line is worth the wait. Trust us.) Or step out your door and head to the beach... just because you can. Flights and house rental included!
No donation or payment is necessary to enter or win this sweepstakes.
who you'll help
Founded by documentary filmmaker, motivational speaker and peace activist Ken E. Nwadike Jr. (aka “Free Hugs Guy"), the Free Hugs Project gained popularity when Nwadike made major news headlines for his peacekeeping efforts and de-escalation of violence during protests, riots and political rallies. Today, the Free Hugs Project is on a mission to spread love, inspire change and rebuild communities during times of crisis. Your generosity will help the Free Hugs Project support the homeless community with protective masks, hygiene kits, meals and other essentials during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.
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You (“Winner”) + 3 (“Guests”)
Sweepstakes Start Date:
May 28, 2020
Deadline to Enter:
August 13, 2020 at 11:59pm PT
On or around September 2, 2020
Approximate Retail Value:
TBD; must be booked by December 31, 2022
Omaze, Inc. (“Sponsor”)
Free Hugs Project ("Charity")
All donations made in connection with a fundraising campaign are paid to Charities Aid Foundation of America (“CAFA”), an IRS-recognized, U.S. public Designated Grantee whose mission is to make giving internationally and domestically safe, easy and effective for U.S. donors. CAFA prequalifies each Designated Grantee as an eligible recipient of CAFA grants. At the end of each fundraising campaign, so long as the Designated Grantee continues to qualify as an eligible recipient of CAFA grants, CAFA will make a grant to theDesignated Grantee of the net proceeds of the fundraising campaign.*
Omaze, Inc. ("Prize Provider")
Grand Prize Details: Winner and 3 guests will receive a 7 day/6 night trip to Nantucket, MA and a $2,000 USD stipend. Flights and hotel included.
Omaze may permit Winner to receive a cash alternative prize in the amount of $9,000 (United States Dollars) in Winner’s sole discretion (the “Cash Option”). If Winner elects the Cash Option, Winner will be solely responsible for all applicable taxes.
All third party names and trademarks are the property of their respective owners.
Age to Enter: You must be at least 16 years old to win.
Ineligible Countries: Winners must not be residents of Belgium, Cuba, Iran, Iraq, Italy, North Korea, Singapore, Sudan, Syria or Thailand.
Eligibility Notes: Winners under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian as their Guest. Guests must be of legal age of majority in his/her jurisdiction of residence (and at least 18), unless Winner is the legal guardian of Guests and Guests are at least 5 years of age or older at the time of travel. In addition to Winner requirements (detailed below), Guests must complete and return a publicity and liability release prior to departure. If Winner is the legal guardian of Guests, Winner must execute and return all required documents on behalf of such child or legal ward.
If Winner and/or Guests reside outside the country where experience will take place, Winner and/or Guests must have current, valid passports, and be able to travel to the experience location(s). If they are unable to travel to the experience location(s), they will forfeit the prize. In certain countries, local rules and laws may restrict or prohibit the award of certain prizes or impose additional restrictions on participation. Entry is subject to all local laws. See our Sweepstakes Official Rules for more details. Employees, officers, and directors of Sponsor, Designated Grantee , or Prize Provider, and members of their immediate families and households, are not eligible to win.
Individuals may not receive more than one grand prize within the same 18 month period. Individuals may not receive more than one minor prize within the same sweepstakes.
How to Enter:
Visit Omaze.com to utilize any of our methods of entry.. See our Sweepstakes Official Rules for more details. Odds of winning depend on the number of entries held.
Winner Confirmation Process:
Within 10 business days of campaign close, we’ll use an automated random drawing process to draw a potential winner(s) for that campaign. A confirmation process, which may include a background check, will then take place to ensure the potential winner meets the legal standards required. Winner and, if applicable, their guest(s) agree to cooperate fully with Omaze in Omaze conducting any background check(s), which includes providing information requested by Omaze including, but not limited to, full legal names and addresses. If the Prize includes meeting a celebrity, meeting a public figure, or attending a special event and any background check indicates, in Omaze’s sole discretion, that the potential winner or the potential winner’s guest(s) pose a danger to or may harm the reputation of any person or entity involved in the sweepstakes, Omaze may disqualify said winner and move on to the next randomly drawn potential winner. Pending a positive outcome of the confirmation process, an Omaze representative will notify the potential winner via email and/or phone. The potential winner must respond within the time period designated in the notification, or Omaze may move on to another randomly drawn potential winner. Before confirming a potential winner as the winner, Omaze may require the potential winner to confirm their eligibility. Once that’s done, the potential winner and guest(s) must execute and return all required documents within the time frame specified by Omaze. If you do not execute and return all required documents within the time frame specified by Omaze, you will forfeit the Prize and Omaze will move on to another randomly drawn potential winner.
Travel companions are also required to sign a liability/publicity release prior to issuance of tickets. Additionally, travel companions/guests of the winner may be subject to a background check, which may impact their ability to participate in the Prize.
NO PURCHASE, PAYMENT, OR CONTRIBUTION NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. Contributing will not improve chances of winning. Void where prohibited.
At Omaze, we believe fundraising should be about impact, not percentages. Our model allows us, in partnership with Charities Aid Foundation America (we call them CAFA), to really make a difference and disrupt the way society traditionally thinks about charitable giving.
Here’s how it works: Omaze and CAFA work together to offer incredible prizes and experiences that anyone can potentially win. You don’t have to donate to enter, but if you do, your donation to CAFA is then used to make a charitable grant to a great cause, which we love. Omaze pays for everything that’s needed to run the sweepstakes, which means the only ones taking a chance are the entrants (you!)—not the Designated Grantee . The organizations can spend less time worrying about raising funds, and instead focus their energy on doing awesome work.
*Omaze also invests in securing the prizes for the typical certain Omaze Owned campaigns like this one, so for these, from every dollar you donate, 15 cents is retained by CAFA, all of which is then used by CAFA to make a grant to the associated Designated Grantee. If there are multiple charities, Designated Grantees then grants of equal share are made to each Designated Grantee. 70 cents is typically used to actually get the prize, process payments and advertise to awesome people like you (these campaigns require more significant marketing efforts by Omaze and do not rely (or rely to a much smaller degree) on the work and name of celebrities to help raise awareness and promote the campaign). The remaining amount of your dollar, approximately 15 cents of your dollar goes to Omaze—it’s used to cover the cost of providing and maintaining the technology and team that makes this all happen.
In calculating net proceeds, we first account for the hard costs, which include the grand prize and secondary prizes as well as items like content, marketing and credit card transaction fees. After those are accounted for, eighty percent of the remaining net revenue (i.e., the net proceeds) is then used by CAFA to make a grant to the designated grantee, and twenty percent of the net revenue goes to Omaze, to support the team’s work running the fundraiser. If there are multiple charities, Designated Grantees then grants of equal share are made to each Designated Grantee.
The result? Causes get a guaranteed grant with no risk and no overhead or investment, our lucky winners get awesome prizes, and everyone else gets to help a great cause and spread joy!