Teens get opportunities to win Quinceañera of their dreams

By Chuck Hamby….
South Florida teens will have the chance to win the Quince of their dreams by submitting an essay by Aug. 31 in Verizon’s national My Fabulous Quince contest.

The grand prize winner nationally will earn an all-expenses-paid Quince for up to 200 guests, a $5,000 college scholarship, three Verizon smartphones and an exclusive performance by multi-platinum recording artist Prince Royce who will sing his greatest hits including: Stand By Me, Corazón Sin Cara and Mi Ultima Carta.

One regional finalist from South Florida is guaranteed a prize package of a Quince for 100 guests with all expenses covered by Verizon,  a $2,500 college scholarship and a Verizon smartphone. The winner will be announced this autumn after a review by judges and voting by the public.

Essays should answer these three questions:

• What does a Quince mean to you?

• How do you make a difference in your community today?

• What are you planning to accomplish after high school?

Answers must be between 100 and 500 words each.

The South Florida region contest is open to teens who have turned or will turn 15 this year and who reside in Monroe, Miami-Dade and Broward counties. To enter, or for full content details/rules, visit online at www.myfabulousquince.com.

South Florida teens also can submit their contest entries in person at a free My Fabulous Quince expo on July 31 at the Verizon Wireless store, 1599 W. 49 St. in Hialeah.

In addition to a performance by Prince Royce, expo attendees will receive tips on how to plan a Quince celebration on any budget, as well as special offers from local vendors.

Attendees can donate no-longer-used wireless phones to HopeLine from Verizon to help support victims of domestic violence and help protect the environment by disposing of wireless phones in an environmentally sound way. Attendees who donate a phone will receive a VIP pass to meet and pose for a photo with Prince Royce.

“At Verizon, we recognize that our customers celebrate different types of traditions.” said Elva Lima, executive director of community relations and multicultural communications at Verizon Wireless. “The Quince tradition marks a coming of age milestone has long been celebrated by Latino families across the United States. This contest will give a teen the Quince of their dreams. We encourage teens of all backgrounds to join us by participating in My Fabulous Quince.”

For more information, visit online at www.myfabulousquince.com.

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