Boca Raton, Fla., – June 14, 2013—Bluegreen Vacations Unlimited, Inc., d/b/a Bluegreen Vacations, a wholly owned subsidiary of Bluegreen Corporation, today announced the winners of the 2011/2013 Encore Sweeps Contest.
There were a total of 11 winners, including Grand Prize Winners George and Mary Whelchel of Liberty, SC, who won 10 years of paid maintenance fees, up to $10,000. Eight first-prize winners received 1 year of paid maintenance fees, and two second-prize winners received a 3-night stay in Bluegreen’s The Fountains Presidential Suite in Orlando, FL.
First-prize winners included Jeffrey and Ernestine Jones, Thomas and Amanda Johnson, Elizabeth Turley, Boyce and Mildred Temple, Janet and Brett Rooney-Kautz, Cecil and Jimmie Smith, Jesse and Shirley Frazier, and Maria and Ralph Berthiaume. Second-prize winners were Daryl and Joy & Jeffrey Dronsella, William and Patricia Sherrill.
The sweepstakes stems from Bluegreen’s Encore Program, which awards owners when they refer qualified friends and family to Bluegreen and they attend a sales presentation. Typically the owners then earn a type of currency the company calls Encore Dividends™ that they can redeem for various Bluegreen products. During the designated contest period, owners also received an entry into the sweepstakes.
This was the third time Bluegreen hosted the sweepstakes, and over 6,300 referrals visited a Bluegreen resort during the contest period.
“We were just lucky, I guess” said Mary Whelchel. “We never win anything, and we didn’t really believe it until we received the paperwork!”
Mary said her Bluegreen Vacation Ownership has been good to her and her husband, allowing them time together to explore new places.
“We enjoy going to the resorts,” she said.” We’ve been extremely satisfied owners. The maintenance fees have increased over the years, as to be expected, so this prize really helps us a lot.”
Bluegreen hosted a reception in Myrtle Beach to recognize the winners. About 30-35 Owners in attendance, two of which were winners (Whelchel’s and Dronsella’s).
“Personally for me, it was such a privilege to meet the Owners after talking to them on the phone many times, let alone awarding them with the big check and winnings,” said Christy Deuschle National Director – Special Projects and Loyalty Program Director for Bluegreen. “It was kind of like Christmas for me, I loved seeing the surprise on their faces and hearing the “ahhh” from the crowd!”
Bluegreen is preparing for the 2013/2014 Encore Sweepstakes! More information is coming soon!