Sweetheart 16 Contest Looking for Mason Couples

Posted: November 8, 2010 at 1:03 am, Last Updated: November 5, 2010 at 2:51 pm

By Tara Laskowski

Are you part of a Mason couple? Did you lock eyes across the computer lab? Do you attend every Mason basketball game together? Did he propose on campus? Do you have dates at the Center for the Arts?

University Relations is launching the Sweetheart 16 contest — and they want to hear your story. One winning couple will receive a “Sweetheart’s Prize Package” to Mason’s 2011 Homecoming.

Couples can enter by telling their stories about how they met and what Mason means to them. A short online questionnaire is all that’s required, though spirited photos and videos are welcome. The deadline to enter is Friday, Dec. 3.

“We received an outstanding response from this past summer’s Mason’s Biggest Fan contest — more than 5,000 votes were cast in a heated race,” says Leah Kerkman Fogarty, senior writer in Creative Services, who is spearheading the contest.

“Many of the people who entered Mason’s Biggest Fan mentioned how they met their future spouses while attending Mason, and we thought some sort of ‘Mason Couples’ competition was a logical next step.”

In January, the stories of the 16 semifinalists will be featured on the Sweetheart 16 website, and the public can vote on their favorites.

The final four couples will compete to win a grand Homecoming prize package that includes a two-night stay during Homecoming Weekend at the brand-new Mason Inn Conference Center and Hotel, including breakfast and dinner; prime seats at the Homecoming men’s basketball game on Saturday, Feb. 5; and more.

“We hope to engage all of the Mason community — not just alumni, but also faculty and staff members. So many people have found the love of their lives here, and it deepens their connection to Mason in the process. We just want to be a small part of that,” says Fogarty.

More information about the contest rules and the prize package can be found online.

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