Gift Certificate Center and Hallmark Announce 'Crowning Achievements' Employee Recognition Contest; Contest to Launch During Employee Appreciation Week

Apr 25, 2001, 01:00 ET from Gift Certificate Center Co.

    MINNEAPOLIS, April 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Do you work with someone who
 deserves some recognition?  Employee Appreciation Week is April 23-27, and to
 mark this important week the Gift Certificate Center and Hallmark Loyalty
 Marketing Group are launching the "Crowning Achievements" Employee Recognition
 Contest.  Beginning April 23, people are encouraged to go to
 http://www.PremiereChoiceAward.com/contest and nominate a co-worker who has
 made a contribution to a project, department or cause in the workplace.
     (Photo:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20010425/MNW041 )
     "According to the National Association of Employee Recognition,
 acknowledgment is one of the most effective ways to reinforce an
 organization's culture and support its objectives," says Erika Perrault, vice
 president of marketing and customer relations, Gift Certificate Center.
 "Employees who receive recognition perform at higher levels and feel genuinely
 appreciated.  We hope this contest provides an opportunity for employees to
 both give and receive the recognition they deserve."
     Three nominees and their nominators will be awarded a total of $10,000 in
 Premiere Choice Awards(R), which are redeemable for gift certificates from
 more than 400 national and regional retailers, restaurants, travel and
 entertainment providers.  The recipient of the Grand Prize will receive a
 $5,000 Premiere Choice Award, the 2nd place prizewinner will receive a
 $2,500 Premiere Choice Award and the 3rd place prizewinner will receive a
 $1,000 Premiere Choice Award.  A $500 Premiere Choice Award also will be given
 to the nominator of each of the three top prizewinners.
     Contest entries will be accepted April 23 through June 8, 2001.  Entries
 will be judged on the basis of originality and clarity of expression by an
 independent panel of judges, including: Bob Nelson, author of "1001 Ways to
 Reward Employees" and owner of Nelson Motivation; Andy Mcilvaine, Special
 Sections Editor, Human Resource Executive; Vince Alonzo, Editor-in-chief,
 Incentive; and Todd Raphael, Online Editor, Workforce.
     More information on the "Crowning Achievements" Employee Recognition
 Contest, including the entry form and complete rules, are available at
 http://www.PremiereChoiceAward.com/contest or by calling a Customer Service
 Representative at 1-888-903-4722.
     Headquartered in Minneapolis, Minn., Gift Certificate Center, a Hallmark
 company, is the most established and largest provider of gift certificates to
 the business market.  The Premiere Choice Award, its corporate recognition,
 reward and incentive tool, combines the convenience of Internet shopping with
 excellent service to promptly deliver personalized awards redeemable for gift
 certificates from more than 400 of the nation's leading retailers, catalogs,
 restaurants, travel providers, entertainment companies and more.  For more
 information, visit the Web site at http://www.PremiereChoiceAward.com
 
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    MINNEAPOLIS, April 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Do you work with someone who
 deserves some recognition?  Employee Appreciation Week is April 23-27, and to
 mark this important week the Gift Certificate Center and Hallmark Loyalty
 Marketing Group are launching the "Crowning Achievements" Employee Recognition
 Contest.  Beginning April 23, people are encouraged to go to
 http://www.PremiereChoiceAward.com/contest and nominate a co-worker who has
 made a contribution to a project, department or cause in the workplace.
     (Photo:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20010425/MNW041 )
     "According to the National Association of Employee Recognition,
 acknowledgment is one of the most effective ways to reinforce an
 organization's culture and support its objectives," says Erika Perrault, vice
 president of marketing and customer relations, Gift Certificate Center.
 "Employees who receive recognition perform at higher levels and feel genuinely
 appreciated.  We hope this contest provides an opportunity for employees to
 both give and receive the recognition they deserve."
     Three nominees and their nominators will be awarded a total of $10,000 in
 Premiere Choice Awards(R), which are redeemable for gift certificates from
 more than 400 national and regional retailers, restaurants, travel and
 entertainment providers.  The recipient of the Grand Prize will receive a
 $5,000 Premiere Choice Award, the 2nd place prizewinner will receive a
 $2,500 Premiere Choice Award and the 3rd place prizewinner will receive a
 $1,000 Premiere Choice Award.  A $500 Premiere Choice Award also will be given
 to the nominator of each of the three top prizewinners.
     Contest entries will be accepted April 23 through June 8, 2001.  Entries
 will be judged on the basis of originality and clarity of expression by an
 independent panel of judges, including: Bob Nelson, author of "1001 Ways to
 Reward Employees" and owner of Nelson Motivation; Andy Mcilvaine, Special
 Sections Editor, Human Resource Executive; Vince Alonzo, Editor-in-chief,
 Incentive; and Todd Raphael, Online Editor, Workforce.
     More information on the "Crowning Achievements" Employee Recognition
 Contest, including the entry form and complete rules, are available at
 http://www.PremiereChoiceAward.com/contest or by calling a Customer Service
 Representative at 1-888-903-4722.
     Headquartered in Minneapolis, Minn., Gift Certificate Center, a Hallmark
 company, is the most established and largest provider of gift certificates to
 the business market.  The Premiere Choice Award, its corporate recognition,
 reward and incentive tool, combines the convenience of Internet shopping with
 excellent service to promptly deliver personalized awards redeemable for gift
 certificates from more than 400 of the nation's leading retailers, catalogs,
 restaurants, travel providers, entertainment companies and more.  For more
 information, visit the Web site at http://www.PremiereChoiceAward.com
 
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