MIDDLESEX COUNTY – Two Middlesex County residents won a holiday contest that let them share their good fortune with a local charity.
Provident Bank announced that AnnRita Bartlinski of South Amboy and Mike Robertson of Spotswood were weekly winners in its “Share the Wealth” Sweepstakes. Both selected The Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH) as the charity to receive a matching donation from Provident.
Entries were accepted from Nov. 24 through Dec. 31, 2010. Each week, two winners were selected at random to receive a $250 Provident Visa® Gift Card for themselves and $250 donation to a 501(c)(3) organization.
Three top prizes will be awarded on Saturday, Jan. 22, including a grand prize of $5,000 cash and a $5,000 donation to a charity; a first place prize of $2,500 cash and a $2,500 donation to a charity; and a second place prize of $1,250 cash and a $1,250 donation to a charity. Overall, Provident will award more than $20,000 in prizes to winners and their charities.
Bartlinski, who has been a Provident customer for more than 10 years, said she entered the sweepstakes a number of times and dropped off entries at the South Amboy branch. She was notified a few days later that she was the weekly winner.
“I was stunned because I never win anything! It’s great to be able select a charity in need, too,” said Bartlinski, who plans to use her gift card when she remodels her kitchen this year.
As for her charity of choice, Bartlinski selected an organization that is near and dear to her heart. A former clerk in the radiology department at The Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital at RWJUH, Bartlinski said the hospital always needs support for research.
“I always said that if I ever had money, I’d give to a charity in need of it. I’m grateful for the opportunity to give back,” said Bartlinski.
Robertson, a volunteer at the Spotswood Fire Department, has also been a Provident customer for more than 10 years. He said he filled out only one entry form and dropped it off at his local branch in East Brunswick.
“I was surprised that I won. It was even more special because when I got the call, I happened to be visiting the children’s ward at Robert Wood with my son and other volunteer firemen to deliver gifts for the holidays,” said Robertson, who plans to use his gift card to pay off Christmas bills.
He selected The Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital at RWJUH because his son recently spent 10 days there after having surgery. Robertson said he was extremely pleased with the quality and level of care.
“We are extremely appreciative and grateful to AnnRita Bartlinski and Mike Robertson, two of the winners who selected the Child Life Program at the Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital at RWJUH as the recipient of the “Share the Wealth” sweepstakes’ matching funds. The $500 will be used to purchase toys and games for patients in the children’s hospital in the year ahead, and will certainly help put many smiles on our children’s faces. We are so appreciative of individuals and companies who help us brighten the day for our children and families,” said Barbara Gursky, director of the hospital’s child life program.
“We were happy to offer these prizes to residents and charities alike, especially during the holiday season when expenses can be overwhelming,” said Chris Martin, president and CEO of Provident. “Provident believes in giving back to the communities it serves. And what better way to show it than by giving a financial boost to consumers and the charities that are meaningful to them?”
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