LAS VEGAS, Oct. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- On a sunny morning, crowds swelled around the Trevi Fountain at The Forum Shops at Caesars as 10 men simultaneously dropped to one knee to propose to the loves of their life at 10:10 a.m. on the auspicious date of Oct. 10, 2010. With Flamingo headline entertainer Donny Osmond as host, sharing anecdotes about his incredible 30-year marriage to wife Debbie, the iconic Caesars Palace marquee counted down to the momentous event. The couples were then showered with rose petals as the crowd witnessed this incredible moment.
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The 10 couples hailed from around the country including Fort Wayne, Ind., Austin, Texas, San Diego, Calif., Columbia, Mo., Biscayne Park, Fla. and Las Vegas. To enter, hundreds of couples submitted an essay. Couples were chosen based on their stories of how they met and why they felt they should be selected. Among the winning couples is a story of a rekindled romance after 40 years apart, of high school sweethearts facing financial hardship, of a veteran who found his true love after returning from Operation Iraqi Freedom.
"Love is not just reserved for the young," said proposal winner Omar Valentine of Hemet, Calif., "Make this dream come true for two 68-year-old love birds."
Winning entrant Andrew Bowman of Fort Wayne, Ind., is looking forward to the ultimate birthday gift on Oct. 10 when he asks his true love to be his bride.
The Forum Shops at Caesars and Funjet Vacations partnered to make these engagement dreams come true for the 10 lucky couples. As if getting engaged in this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity wasn't enough, the couples also received:
- All expense paid trip to Las Vegas, including flights provided by Funjet Vacations.
- Two-night stay at Caesars Palace.
- Tiffany & Co. champagne flutes engraved with 10/10/10, and ring consultation.
- Post-proposal dinner hosted by The Palm-Las Vegas restaurant at The Forum Shops.
- A post-dinner event at PURE Nightclub.
In addition, winning couples received gifts provided by retailers at The Forum Shops including; Sony Style, Agent Provocateur, Brooks Brothers, Couture Collections, DKNY, Elie Tahari, Fresh, Judith Leiber, Kiehl's Since 1851 and Vosges Haut-Chocolat.
The winning couples were surprised further after their memorable proposals when it was announced that Funjet Vacations would provide complimentary airfare, plus a luxury seven-night, all inclusive stay at an Iberostar Grand Resort, including a complimentary wedding ceremony. Each couple will be treated to personalized butler service, beachfront drink service, gourmet dining, complimentary golf, and luxurious accommodations. Locations couples can select from include Mexico, Jamaica and the Dominican Republic.
SOURCE The Forum Shops at Caesars