SWACHA and Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas Announce the Finalists for the “Art of Saving” Contest

Dallas, TX, February 20, 2013 --(PR.com)-- Dallas-based SWACHA, one of the largest not-for-profit regional electronic payment associations in the country, and Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas today announced that voting has opened on SWACHA’s and Boys & Girls Clubs Facebook pages to select the winners of the second annual “Art of Saving” contest. More than 50 entries were submitted.

The top three winners in each age division (8-10 and 11-13) will be selected based on the total number of votes cast through February 22, 2013. People can vote for the winners on Facebook by “liking” their favorite photo at either www.facebook.com/bringingpaymentstogether or www.facebook.com/BGCDallas.

Finalists were chosen by a panel of celebrity judges that included former Dallas Cowboy and Pro Football Hall of Fame member Emmitt Smith; Kellie Rasberry, radio co-host of the Kidd Kraddick Show on KISS FM and part of the nationally syndicated "Dish Nation" seen locally on Fox 4; and Pamela Yip, a widely-read financial reporter for the Dallas Morning News.

Winners will be announced during America Saves Week at a special awards ceremony at Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas Headquarters on Thursday, February 28, 2013. America Saves Week is a nationwide campaign held annually to encourage Americans to adopt good savings behaviors.

“We were impressed with the level of creativity we saw in the entries in this second year of sponsoring this contest,” said Dennis Simmons, APP, president and CEO of SWACHA. “We hope to inspire children to develop a lifelong commitment to saving through our ongoing commitment to this contest. With so many great entries, we are excited to see who the voting public chooses as the winner.

“We’d also like to thank our celebrity judges Emmitt Smith, Kellie Rasberry, and Pam Yip, for helping us narrow down the entries to our group of finalists. We appreciate your help to teach children such a valuable lesson in saving,” Simmons said.

Three winners in each age category will receive a total of $700 in savings accounts. Also, the clubs who produce the first place winners will each receive a $100 donation from SWACHA. The contest celebrates America Saves Week, February 25 – March 2, 2013, by having children use art to portray what saving money means to them.

SWACHA-The Electronic Payments Resource®, is one of the largest not-for-profit regional payments associations in the country with approximately 1,100 members across the Southwest. SWACHA is the resource of choice for financial institutions and corporations in the areas of education, training, payments system risks and knowledge about electronic payments. For more information visit:

Web: www.swacha.org
Facebook: www.facebook.com/bringingpaymentstogether
Twitter: @SWACHA

About Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas
Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas enables all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Today, thousands of boys and girls from low-income neighborhoods benefit from the building-centered programs and services designed specifically for them at 13 local Clubs. The programs offered provide strong moral guidance, positive role models and life-changing educational programs designed to save kids from lives of crime and failure.
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