Official Rules


  1. PARTICIPATION CONSTITUTES ACCEPTANCE OF RULES AND DECISIONS, CONSENT TO USE AND RELEASE OF CLAIMS.  By entering this sweepstakes, each participant warrants that he or she has read and agrees to abide by all sweepstakes rules and that he or she is not prohibited from participating in the sweepstakes.  Participation in this sweepstakes constitutes participant’s full and unconditional acceptance of these Official Rules and the decisions of Artco (US), Inc. doing business as Pear Tree Greetings (“Pear Tree”), its parents, affiliates, employees and agents, which are final, binding and non-negotiable in all respect.  Each participant agrees to release, discharge, indemnify and hold harmless Pear Tree and its parents, affiliates, shareholders, employees, officers, directors, agents, representatives, advertising and promotion agencies and prize suppliers from any liability arising from or related to the sweepstakes, including without limitation, (a) unauthorized human intervention in the sweepstakes; (b) technical errors related to computers, servers, providers, or telephone or network lines; (c) printing errors; (d) lost, late, postage-due, misdirected, or undeliverable mail; (e) personal injury, death, and property damage; and (f) claims based on publicity rights, defamation, or invasion of privacy.  Further, participants fully and unconditionally release all claims for consideration, copyright infringement and all other claims of any nature relating to the use of their entry, name or likeness.

  1. ELIGIBILITY.  This sweepstakes is open to U.S. residents 18 years of age and older.  Proof of age and identity must be furnished upon request.  Employees, agents, independent dealers and affiliates of Pear Tree and its agents, affiliates and immediate family members of all such persons, are not eligible to participate in this sweepstakes.  Pear Tree reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to cancel, terminate, suspend, or amend this sweepstakes at any time for any reason.  Pear Tree further reserves the right to amend these sweepstakes rules at any time without prior notice, at its sole discretion.  Pear Tree reserves the right to disqualify any participant for any reason, including, but not limited to, violation of these Official Rules or infringement of the rights of a third-party.

  1. TO ENTER.  This sweepstakes will run between January 1st, 2010 and January 30, 2010 (“Contest Period”).  To enter this sweepstakes, participants must post a comment with a maximum of 150 word limit about their engagement story at blog.peartreegreetings.com under the blog post “Engagement Story Contest” no later than 11:59 p.m. Central Time January 30, 2010 (“Eligible Entries”) to be eligible to win this sweepstakes.  To enter, go to *this link* and post a comment. Include your name, email address, and add story to comments box. Click post. Please only one entry per person and e-mail address.  By submitting an entry, participants agree to abide by these Official Rules.  Persons submitting entries under false pretenses will be disqualified.  Pear Tree is not responsible for telecommunications, network, electronic, technical or computer failures of any kind.  Pear Tree is not responsible for any lost or misdirected mail sent by participant or Pear Tree.

Participant’s submission signifies agreement by participant to grant Pear Tree a non-exclusive, royalty-free, irrevocable, transferable, perpetual license to publicly display participant’s entry.  Participant further certifies that the entry submitted does not contain any trademarks, logos, copyrighted material, or other intellectual property belonging to any third party.  Pear Tree reserves the right to disqualify any entry which Pear Tree, in its sole discretion, determines to be offensive, illegal, in violation of any privacy or other third party rights or for any other reason.

By entering, participant also agree that Pear Tree may publish participant’s name and entry on Pear Tree’s website, or in such other media or formats as Pear Tree may elect without further compensation.  By entering, participant also agrees to confirm any of the above in writing upon request by Pear Tree.

  1. PRIZES.  There will be one (1) potential winner selected by Pear Tree from all Eligible Entries on or about Feb 6, 2010.  The criteria that the judges will use will include, but is not limited to: 1) the creativity of the engagement event 2) how well it is written3) creativity of how well the story is told. Chances of winning will depend on the number of entries received.  The winner will receive a coupon code good for one hundred dollars ($100.00) off their purchase from the Pear Tree website, www.peartreegreetings.com.  The winner is responsible for taxes any and all other costs and expenses not listed above. All decisions of the judges of this sweepstakes are final, binding, and non-negotiable.  No prize may be transferred or substituted.  The prize has no cash value.  The prize must be redeemed with Pear Tree no later than March 31, 2010.

  1. IDENTIFICATION OF POTENTIAL WINNER.  Pear Tree will notify the potential winner by email on or about the week of Feb 8, 2010.  The winner must accept the prize by signing and returning the Authorization and Release, a copy of these sweepstakes rules, photography releases provided by Pear Tree, and a W-9 form no later than Feb 15, 2010.

The winner’s name will also be posted at http://blog.peartreegreetings.com/.

  1. SPONSOR:  This sweepstakes is sponsored by Artco (US), Inc. doing business as Pear Tree Greetings located at 1985 Lookout Drive, North Mankato, MN 56003.

  1. MISCELLANEOUS.  By entering this sweepstakes, participants consent to Pear Tree’s use of their name, likeness, image and biographical data for advertising and promotional purposes without additional compensation, except where prohibited by law.  BECAUSE PERSONAL INFORMATION FROM PARTICIPANTS WILL BE COLLECTED BY ENTERING THIS SWEEPSTAKES, PARTICIPANTS SHOULD REVIEW Pear Tree’s Privacy Policy, which can be found at http://www.peartreegreetings.com/custserv_content.jsp?pageName=privsecu. By entering this sweepstakes, participant authorizes Pear Tree to contact participant for commercial purposes via fax, telephone, or e-mail address listed on the participant’s entry form.  There will be no use of participants name or other personal information for future commercial purposes except as in accordance with Pear Tree’s privacy policy.  This Agreement is governed by the laws of the State of Minnesota, without giving effect to conflicts of law rules.