I thought picking 10 winners out of the 200+ submissions would be easy, but it was a lot more difficult than I imagined! I read some heart wrenching stories and I had to make some tough decisions. It came down to who answered the questions correctly AND submitted the photo that I requested.
Congratulations to the winners! Each of you will receive a $400 Toys R Us gift card for your child! In addition to that, you and your children will get the chance to meet Grand Hustle artists Young Dro, Lil Duval and the OMG Girlz!
You will be contacted by someone from Grand Hustle later today or tomorrow morning. The shopping spree location will be given to you at that time. The shopping spree is between 7 and 9 p.m. tomorrow, Dec. 21, at a Toys R Us in Atlanta.
If you are a winner and you know you won't be able to make it tomorrow, please email me at sandra @ sandrarose.com, or your GH contact no later than 12 p.m. tomorrow and let us know.
Singer Ciara celebrated the release of her album Basic Instinct at Drai's Hollywood Enhanced by Microsoft Tag in Hollywood, CA last night. CiCi's preliminary sales figures came out yesterday. She will sell at least 45k the first week, which is not bad at all in this economy.
I hear Ciara was thrilled and relieved beyond belief to know that she didn't do Soulja Boy numbers. Ciara actually outsold the braggadocios rapper by 30k! In the meantime, Soulja Boy himself seems to have fallen off the face of the planet since setting the industry standard for the lowest sales by a B-list rapper ever: 15k.
CiCi and her hunky bodyguard/boyfriend were seen shopping in Los Angeles yesterday. I don't know why Ciara told that lie that she never dated rapper 50 Cent. We all know for a fact that the two once dated. Maybe she's trying to distance herself from his recent, embarrassing attention-grabbing antics on Twitter?
Music video for the title track off T.I.'s album No Mercy featuring The Dream. No Mercy is in stores tomorrow, Dec. 7!
Check back tomorrow for details on how you can enter to win a Toys"R"Us shopping spree for your little one! He or she can be your child, brother, sister, cousin, it doesn't matter!
10 children will be taken on a *shopping spree at Toys"R"Us, courtesy of T.I., Young Dro, Grand Hustle and Atlantic Records!
Make sure you buy the album tomorrow for your chance to win!
*Contest is open to Sandrarose.com readers in the Atlanta or surrounding areas. If your child wins, he or she must be present at the Toys"R"Us location to go on the shopping spree (more on that tomorrow).
The Collective Renaissance Guild (CRG) in partnership with Ford Motor Company and Perennial Sports and Entertainment will hold its 3rd Annual Winter Ball on Saturday, December 4 at the Delta Air Heritage Museum in Atlanta, GA. Winter Ball 2010: Phoenix Rising, will honor Grammy-Award Winning artist Toni Braxton for her community service with Autism Speaks and the American Heart Association and Martin Luther King III for his global humanitarian efforts and work as President of the King Center.
20 tickets (10 pairs) will be given away to the first 10 Sandrarose.com readers who email Angela Watts of AW Media Group at email@example.com!
*Do not email me for tickets*
Winners will be approved to walk the red carpet and take photos with celebrities!
Phoenix Rising is a tribute to Atlanta as well as the honorees who have all demonstrated resilience and an ability to thrive in challenging times. Hosted by V-103's Nina Brown, the black-tie gala will begin with cocktails sponsored by Belvedere Intense at 7:00 PM followed by a special presentation at 9:00 PM.
The Winter Ball is CRG's main fundraiser and all proceeds will benefit the organization's 2011 programs. Board Chair, Christine White states, "For the last two years, we have organized our premier holiday event for Atlanta's Power Generation. To partner on this effort with Ford Motor Company is an extraordinary privilege." White continues, "We rely on the Winter Ball to raise critical funds needed to further our mission of infusing arts, philanthropy and social change into the cultural fabric of the Power Generation."
In only its third year, CRG Winter ball has attracted a diverse and culturally savvy crowd. Past honorees and attendees include: Ambassador Andrew Young, Joseph E. Lowery, Dr. Cornel West, Big Boi of Outkast, Mayor Kasim Reed, V-103's Rashan Ali, Ryan Cameron, and Frank Ski, Actor Jamie Foxx, Hip Hop Artist Ludacris, Personality Kenny Burns, Actress Nicole Ari Parker, and Rainforest Film's Will Packer and Rob Hardy.
Loyal readers Emma and Frederick are the lucky winners of tickets to T.I. and Tiny's Alzheimer's Foundation luncheon this Sunday at Luckie Lounge!
Special guest speakers at the luncheon include Tiny's mom, Diane Pope, who is the main caregiver for Tiny's dad, Charles Pope, who has Alzheimer's.
Additionally, there will be special performances by Xscape Members cough*TINY*cough, as well as OMG GIRLZ and Qt Jazz!
To those of you who are interested in attending the luncheon on Sunday, RSVP Shashicka@aol.com to reserve tickets. Luncheon tickets are $100.
Thank you so much to every one who submitted their touching stories of the loved ones they lost to this terrible disease. I was very much moved by your emails and I wish I could give you all tickets to the luncheon.
Loyal reader Emma writes:
My name is Emma _________ and I am 50 years. My dad died of Alzheimer three years ago July 23rd in Chicago. He was 87 years old. He spent the last 5 years of his life in a nursing home, but he was very bless because he was showered with love from his family.
I can so relate to Tiny and her father. When I watch the show it brings tears to my eyes, because it like I am looking at our life on the TV. I relocated to Atlanta from Chicago in 2003 and my sister Shawn was left with a big part of the responsibility of taking care of Dad and she did a wonderful job without complaining. My sister moved here about a year ago and it would be a privilege for us to attend the Alzheimer Luncheon.
Last week I named @YoungSanchezz, real name Asher, as the winner the lucky winner of my SR Gift Pack. The SR Gift Pack included a black diamond encrusted watch courtesy of celebrity jeweler Joe Rodeo, a Gucci messenger bag and a pair of Gucci shades! The total value of the Gift Pack was $3,000!
Over the weekend, Asher came to Phipps Plaza in the exclusive Buckhead area of Atlanta to pick up his winnings. He was so excited he could hardly contain himself!
Asher loved his prizes and he expressed his thanks to Joe Rodeo and Hannah Kang of Grand Hustle who made it all possible!
Asher also told me he read some of your negative comments in last week's post. But he said it's all good. He knows you're just smelling him because he's the ish!
Stay tuned for more giveaways in the very near future! YOU could be the next winner!
Since you fellas say I never hook you up, I reached into my goodie bag and came up with the perfect gifts for that savvy Sandraose.com male reader!
One lucky male reader will win a Gucci messenger bag (pictured above, bear not included), a pair of designer Gucci stunna shades (pictured) and a Joe Rodeo exclusive diamond encrusted watch!
This 1.75 Carat Diamond watch from Joe Rodeo, exclusive jeweler to the stars, is new to the 2010 Joe Rodeo watch line up. The case is encrusted with round cut diamond all around for a wonderful shine. The watch features Black Applied Roman Numeral Dial, Pave set Diamond in the Case, Date display, Water Resistant case and Floaters. This watch also includes Joe Rodeo Box, Instruction Manual, Warranty Card, Extra Battery, 2 Extra Band (Black & White). The watch retails for $2,000!
The total value of this SR gift pack is $3,000!
In order to qualify to win you must already be following me on Twitter.com at @SandraRose. Don't bother attempting to follow me today. I am not approving follow requests.
If you are already following me on Twitter, send me a tweet saying, "I'm a loyal Sandrarose.com reader and I want that gift pack!" The winner will be chosen in a lottery and I will announce the lucky winner on Monday, Sept. 13!
If your name is drawn you have 24 hours to claim your prize. If not, I will draw another winner. Good luck!
Special shout out to Joe Rodeo, Chris Hernandez and Hannah Kang, GM of Grand Hustle for making this contest possible!
When T.I. announced the 5 winners for the Takers Atlanta premiere and after party, all I asked was for my winners to take lots of pics to share with us. The only winner who complied with my request was Decori Johnson.
Thanks to everyone who participated in the contest. I know some of you are disappointed that you didn't win. I wish everyone could win.
But, hold on, you might still get your chance to win.
Blackblondee10 isn't the official winner until she confirms that she is a member of this blog. (If she's not a member then I will draw another winner's name and it might be YOU!)
The official winner will then submit her shoes size to @TyreLaJuan and choose the shoes (valued at $2,500) that she wants him to customize from Evelyn Lozada's fabulous high end shoe boutique at www.Dulceshoes.net!
These are the fabulous pumps that Tyre designed for Evelyn Lozada using black crystals!
The following are examples of the types of designs that Tyre LaJuan can do.
DISCLAIMER: The following shoes were not designed by Tyre, they are just examples.
As you know, longtime member aqtpie was among the 5 lucky winners of the Takers screening and after party tickets. Unfortunately, she is unable to attend due to personal reasons. She emailed me this morning to say,
"I have been a faithful reader from the start and I finally won a contest that I didn't even try out for... This is a once in a lifetime chance you have to choose who deserves them or maybe do a quick poll!! Thank you so much Sandra."
It's very difficult to make a decision because everyone is deserving of the chance to attend. The tickets must go to one winner and their guest (not two members because only one name goes on the list).
So I decided to take Cutie's suggestion and do a quick poll. Please vote for the member you think deserves the tickets most. Voting ends at 11:30 AM.
Our Exclusive contest for the Takers private Atlanta screening and after party was a success and the winners have been chosen by none other than the King of the South himself!
Many thanks to rapper/actor Tip "T.I." Harris for taking the time out of his busy schedule to personally select 5 winners from the Sandrarose.com family to attend the Atlanta private screening of his new movie Takers and the star-studded after party tomorrow!
You'll have to watch the video to see if you won!
Remember, the comment number that T.I. announces corresponds to the name of the reader in the contest post here.
If your comment number is called, email me as soon as possible at sandra @ sandrarose.com (without the spaces) to be placed on the VIP list.
For those who can't view the video, highlight the area below this text:
Special thanks to Tip Harris, Hannah Kang (GM of Grand Hustle); Sony Screen Gems, Rainforest Films, Remy Martin, Grand Hustle, MusicBusinessPolitics and Elliot Carter!
SandraRose.com readers will win 10 tickets (2 per winner/5 winners) for a
chance to attend the private Atlanta screening of TAKERS and attend the invitation-only after party celebration in Atlanta on August 25th!
Grand Hustle, Rainforest Films, Remy Martin
The Official Takers Premiere
After Party Celebration Hosted by: Tip Harris, Paul Walker, Idris Elba (other stars to be announced)
Wednesday, August 25th
Private Location, Atlanta, Georgia
Semi-Formal Dress Code Strictly Enforced
Invitation only, non-transferable
Must be 21 to enter
You must reside in the Atlanta area
Winners will be chosen via lottery drawing (your comment # will be the lottery number). The video of the live lottery drawing will be posted on Sandrarose.com next week!