Have you ever entered a sweepstake and wondered who won?
Over 38,000 entries were submitted in Sears’ recent “Shop Your Way Rewards Sweepstake” and a local homeowner in Union, Ohio was the proud recipient of wonderful prizes. Allan Limke, a computer applications teacher at Milton-Union Middle School, his wife, Jennifer and his two step daughters, Eva and Cecelia were presented with a full “Back Yard Prize Package” from Sears.
Ty Pennington, a special guest and Sears’ spokesperson, not only made an appearance to present the prizes to the Limke’s, but worked side by side with the homeowner to set up the outdoor merchandise that valued over $5,000, including a Kenmore Grill, dining set from Ty Pennington’s collection, shed, canopy, lawn mower, flowers, and much, much more.
“When I bought a refrigerator from Sears, I saved money if I entered the sweepstake. I didn’t really think about winning it. I just liked the savings,” Limke said. “I was shocked when I heard that I had won.”
Mr. Limke entered the sweepstakes online at shopyourway.com and is part of Sears’ loyalty customer program. It allows consumers to earn points while saving money on future purchases and participate in exclusive savings online. The program is free and easy to sign up.
Ty Pennington, DIY guru and former host of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, designer and furniture designer, rallied friends, family and co-workers to work together to make this event a fun and memorable time for the Limke’s. To complete any outdoor gathering, a fest was also provided, which also provided an opportunity to try out the new grill.
“My wife is so excited, but could not be here today. She is a language teacher and is in Italy with her some of her students. I have been calling her to give her updates,” Limke told Pennington. Before leaving, Ty Pennington planned on speaking with Mr. Limke’s wife by Skype. It was just another added surprise to this wonderful gift.
“I definitely would say that I have been fortunate enough to have one of the best jobs in the world,” Pennington said. “I mean, it’s not every day that what you do makes a difference in someone’s life.”
Limke’s teenage daughter’s helped plant flowers with Pennington and carried around the solar owl, provided by Sears, as a prized treasure. Happiness radiated between the Limke’s family with the occasional glances as if saying to each other, “Can you believe this is happening?”
“To be able to give a gift in any way to someone that doesn’t have something, big or small, I think is one of the coolest things you can do as a human being,” Pennington said. “I think doing something positive for someone doesn’t have to be enormous. It doesn’t have to be building them a house. It can be as simple as helping someone across the street mow grass. I think that there are a lot of things that we can do for each other that are quite small but make a big difference.”
The Limke family is left with a wonderful gift and memories that can cherish forever, but the community of Union will forever be touched by the kindness and hope provided by the generosity of the partnership of Sears and Pennington.
To find out more about the community services and programs provided by Sears or Ty Pennington’s complete collection of outdoor furniture or dinnerware, visit your nearest Sears Department Store or visit Sears.com.
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