NEW YORK, Dec. 3, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Mariangela Petrone, a professional gift wrapper from La Galleria in the Bronx, N.Y, was crowned the 2010 "Scotch Brand Most Gifted Wrapper" in a national gift-wrapping contest sponsored by 3M, the maker of Scotch brand tape and Scotch cutting tools. (For photos, video footage and additional information, visit http://www.newsinfusion.com/mostgiftedwrapper).
Amid crowds of holiday revelers at Rockefeller Center today, no bow was left untied as Petrone out-wrapped seven other gift-wrapping gurus to win the ultimate holiday present – a $10,000 cash prize. With Scotch Tape in hand, Petrone and her worthy competitors went bow-to-bow wrapping odd-shaped gifts, including a charcoal grill and an ATV with creativity, style and flair.
Petrone offers this winning advice to those who are getting ready to wrap their holiday presents: "Always have the necessary supplies on hand, including gift wrap paper, ribbon and Scotch pop-up tape," said Mariangela Petrone. "Try using different papers with coordinating colors to help dimensionalize your gift and add style."
The first runner-up, Susan Jakub from Hingham, Mass., a former professional gift wrapper at Macy's, received a $2,500 cash prize. The other six contestants also received smaller cash prizes. Contestants were judged on three criteria: appearance, technique and speed.
The judging panel consisted of three experts in the art of gift wrapping: Mark Ski, former producer for Martha Stewart Living; Laurin Sydney, lifestyle expert and author of the book Why Bother? Why Not?, which features tips on gift wrapping; and Wanda Wen, co-owner of Soolip Paperie & Press and author of The Art of Gift Wrapping, released Spring 2010.
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