CONCORD, N.C., May 16 /PRNewswire/ -- It's a proposal guaranteed to get
a winning answer -- YES!
Tomorrow night, Phillip Pruzensky and Janice Scarfe of Orange County,
Calif., will have their marriage proposal featured on the back of Carl
Edwards' No. 99 Office Depot Ford during the 2008 NASCAR Sprint All-Star
Race at Lowe's Motor Speedway (SPEED, 7 p.m. EDT) and receive a VIP prize
package worth more than $10,000.
The couple were chosen as winners of the "Say Yes To A Winning
Proposal" national contest sponsored by Harlequin, a leading publisher of
women's fiction worldwide, and Office Depot(R) (NYSE: ODP), the official
office products partner of NASCAR. The contest, which ran from February 14
to March 31, required entrants to tell Harlequin and Office Depot - in 50
words or less - why their marriage proposal should happen at the All-Star
Race and what winning the contest would mean to them.
"I'm really excited to have Phillip and Janice's marriage proposal on
the back of my No. 99 Office Depot Ford this weekend and to be part of what
I know will be an amazing memory for them," Edwards said. "This contest is
a cool example of the partnership between Office Depot and Harlequin, and
gives fans a different and really personal opportunity to experience
"Hopefully I'll be able to help the winning couple celebrate their
engagement with a trip to Victory Lane!"
More than 600 entries were submitted at www.GetYourHeartRacing.com, a
Web site dedicated to the Harlequin NASCAR fan. The winning proposal and
submissions from contest finalists are currently on display on the site.
Pruzensky, 23, and Scarfe, 21, have been dating for more than three
years and discovered their shared love of NASCAR on their very first date.
Both are busy college students, but make a point to watch the races
together most every weekend. And when they heard about the "Say Yes To A
Winning Proposal" promotion earlier this year, Pruzensky knew he had to
"Our reaction was pretty much, 'How perfect would this be?'" Pruzensky
said. "Not only are we huge NASCAR fans, but Carl Edwards is our favorite
driver -- we've followed him since the beginning of his career.
"We've been talking about marriage for awhile now -- the when, the
where, the how -- but I honestly can't think of a more memorable way to ask
Janice to marry me than at the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race. Plus, this will
be the first race we've been to together, which makes everything even more
In addition to having their proposal highlighted on the back of
Edwards' No. 99 Office Depot Ford, Pruzensky and Scarfe will also receive a
diamond ring, customized stationery provided by the Office Depot Design,
Print & Ship Depot(TM) and a romantic trip for two to REDROCK COUNTRY in
Harlequin and NASCAR are currently in their third year of partnership,
and Michelle Renaud of Harlequin said the company continuously looks for
new ways to engage its loyal fans and leverage partnerships with NASCAR
sponsors like Office Depot.
"We are thrilled to provide a fairy-tale proposal for Phillip and
Janice, who are great NASCAR fans," Renaud said. "And with the release of
20 NASCAR-themed novels -- including a new book featuring Carl Edwards
slated for release in June -- as well as the 'Say Yes To A Winning
Proposal' contest with Office Depot, we are excited to introduce even more
fans to Harlequin."
Harlequin Enterprises Limited is the global leader in series romance
and one of the world's leading publishers of women's fiction, with titles
issued worldwide in 25 languages and sold in 94 international markets. The
company produces over 115 titles monthly and publishes more than 1,300
authors from around the world. Harlequin Enterprises Limited is a wholly
owned subsidiary of Torstar Corporation, a broadly based media company
listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TS.nv.b). Harlequin's Web site is
located at www.eHarlequin.com. Harlequin has offices in 18 countries,
including the cities of Toronto, New York and London. For more information
please visit www.eHarlequin.com or press.eHarlequin.com.
About Office Depot
Every day, Office Depot is Taking Care of Business for millions of
customers around the globe. For the local corner store as well as Fortune
500 companies, Office Depot provides products and services to its customers
through 1,670 worldwide retail stores, a dedicated sales force, top-rated
catalogs and a $4.9 billion e-commerce operation. Office Depot has annual
sales of approximately $15.5 billion, and employs about 49,000 associates
around the world. The Company provides more office products and services to
more customers in more countries than any other company, and currently
sells to customers directly or through affiliates in 43 countries.
Office Depot's common stock is listed on the New York Stock Exchange
under the symbol ODP and is included in the S&P 500 Index. Additional press
information can be found at: http://mediarelations.officedepot.com.
About NASCAR Library Collection
A division of NASCAR's overall licensing operation in its Charlotte
office, NASCAR Publishing oversees more than 40 licensed publishing
partners. In 2004 NASCAR launched the NASCAR Library Collection, which
provides a level of authentication and quality to NASCAR-licensed books.
Representing a range of books as diverse and varied as the NASCAR fan base,
the NASCAR Library Collection captures the NASCAR lifestyle from all
angles. The NASCAR Library Collection includes books in a number of
categories, including drivers and personalities, cookbooks, history,
children, fiction and romance, and statistics, facts and reference. NASCAR
Library Collection titles can be found in an array of retail outlets,
including mass market, bookstores, NASCAR.com Superstore, specialty and
The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing, Inc. (NASCAR),
celebrating 60 years in 2008, is the sanctioning body for one of North
America's premier sports. NASCAR is the No. 1 spectator sport-holding 17 of
the top 20 highest attended sporting events in the U.S., and is the No. 2
rated regular-season sport on television. NASCAR races are broadcast in
more than 150 countries and in more than 30 languages. NASCAR fans are the
most brand loyal in all of sports, and as a result more Fortune 500
companies participate in NASCAR than in any other sport.
NASCAR consists of three national series (the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series,
NASCAR Nationwide Series and NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series), four regional
series and one local grassroots series, as well as two international
series. NASCAR sanctions more than 1,200 races at 100 tracks in more than
30 U.S. states, Canada and Mexico. Based in Daytona Beach (Fla.), NASCAR
has offices in New York, Los Angeles, Charlotte (N.C.), Concord (N.C.),
Conover (N.C.), Bentonville (Ark.), Mexico City and Toronto.