Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Merci, Gracias, Danke

How many ways can you say "Thank You"?

The second annual National Thank You Day will again feature a contest to search for one small deed that deserves one big thank you.

Sponsored by merci® Finest Assortment of European Chocolates in collaboration with the Emily Post Institute (yes, she's related to Peggy!), the National Thank You Day Contest hopes to encourage people to remember and recognize the everyday acts of kindness shown to us by asking people to nominate someone whose good deed has gone a long way to help or inspire them. One grand prize winner will be awarded a thank you prize personally selected by his or her nominator with a value up to $20,000. Peggy Post, etiquette expert and best-selling author for the Emily Post Institute and spokesperson for National Thank You Day, will present the grand prize winner with his or her thank you in person on National Thank You Day, Monday, September 22, 2008.

“Participating in National Thank You Day is a great way to show gratitude and acknowledge an act of kindness,” says Peggy Post. “I encourage everyone to nominate someone whose kind deed has made a difference. By doing so, you’ll experience the importance of the everyday ‘thank you’ – and how this simple expression of appreciation goes a long way toward making our world a kinder place.”

To enter someone in the contest, nominators are asked to submit an essay up to 150 words about who they would like to nominate and why, and to suggest the ultimate thank you gift valued up to $20,000. The grand prize winner will be selected by Peggy Post, among other judges.

One-hundred first prize winners will receive an autographed copy of Post’s latest book, Excuse Me But I Was Next…The Top 100 Manners Dilemmas and a box of merci Finest Assortment of European Chocolates.

Details and entry forms are available at http://www.nationalthankyouday.com/;
the contest began July 1, 2008 and ends August 15, 2008.

Last year, nearly 12,000 nominations were entered, with the grand prize winner, JoAnn Miller of Woodbury, NJ, receiving a donation to her personal mission to feed the homeless in her area and a guest appearance on the Rachael Ray show.

“We all have people around us who do little things like helping us with paperwork or babysitting our kids or even just making a peanut butter sandwich – that really mean a lot in the scheme of things,” said Mary Lebeau who nominated grand prize winner, Miller. “That’s why I was so interested in National Thank You Day. It was a reminder to me that giving thanks to those who make the extra effort is important.”

National Thank You Day is held annually on the last Monday of September (in respect of Rosh Hashanah it is being held on the 22nd) and was inspired by the findings of a survey conducted by merci and The Emily Post Institute that found that while 87.3 percent of Americans said they are bothered when people don’t say thank you, 90.2 percent feel that they don’t say thank you enough. The survey also found that saying please, thank you and you’re welcome are the most important common good manners Americans need to observe more, followed by practicing patience and politeness while waiting in lines.

Do you have someone in your life that deserves thanks? I know I do, and I nominated her.

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