Red, White and You Winners
The RED, WHITE AND YOU contest received thousands of entries from Americans nationwide sharing moving stories of why their towns deserve an all-American celebration. Below is a list of the actual submissions for the two grand prize winning towns and the three People's Choice winners, who will receive $4,000 to go toward their town's Parks and Recreation Department.
2014 GRAND PRIZE–WINNING SUBMISSIONS
Hamtramck, Michigan – Nominated by John Dropchuk
"Hamtramck, Michigan is a perfect example of the melting pot that is the United States. We are a 2.1 square mile city surrounded by Detroit. Cultural diversity and a strong blue collar work ethic make up the backbone of our town. There is no better representation of the pursuit of the “American Dream” than Hamtramck. Of our 22,423 residents, many are immigrants that speak one of the over 26 different languages. With over 25% of our residents living below the federal poverty line, a contest like “Red, White and You” could be the only fireworks many see this July 4th. The Hamtramck Fire Department is entering this contest on behalf of our residents, whom we feel deserve this celebration. 2014 marks our 100th Anniversary and we would love to celebrate with a community we feel is a true representation of America. Hamtramck truly is Destination: America."
Prescott, Arizona – Nominated by Hanna Axley
"I live outside of the town of Prescott which I believe needs and deserves a party that won’t be forgotten. Last July we all came together to mourn the loss of 19 young firefighters and to have this July be a celebration is just what this town needs and the families of those men lost deserve. This town needs a little spark put back in it and I am certain winning this would do such that. This town is such an amazing place to live and yet there is not too much activity here besides the rodeo, that to have something like this happen for out town would just make every one’s year! It’s a very family oriented come as you are town full of a variety of amazing, talented and unforgettable people. Please consider us we would be so grateful! Thank you."