AKRON, Ohio, Jan. 20, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- A New Castle, Pa., resident is the winner of Penn Power Company's (Penn Power) "Merry & Bright" Holiday Lights Photo Contest, a competition conducted for the first time on the company's Facebook page.
Grand prize winner Elizabeth Fisher received 325 votes out of more than 1,500 total votes cast on Facebook. She will receive a $250 gift card.
"Our 'Merry & Bright' Holiday Lights Photo Contest showcases some of the most spectacular holiday scenes in Pennsylvania," said Rosemary Spoljarick, manager, Community Involvement, FirstEnergy. "At the same time, the contest is a fun way to raise awareness of Penn Power's social media presence and engage with customers."
Customers were encouraged to submit photos of their homes' outdoor lighting displays on the Penn Power Facebook page during the first several weeks of December. Ten finalists were selected from all entries, and visitors to Penn Power's Facebook page voted to select the winners.
Fisher and her fiancé have been decorating their home together for the last six years, adding to the display each year. The 2015 display included 20,000 lights with show lights that flash in different patterns.
For the last three years, Fisher's family has made trips to surrounding states just to see holiday lights and get inspiration for their scene. Fisher has already purchased an additional 7,000 lights and has ideas to expand the display in 2016.
"My fiancé and I really enjoy decorating for the holidays together and putting smiles on our kids' and friends' faces," Fisher said. "We would like to thank Penn Power for selecting our home as a finalist, and for everyone who voted for us on Facebook."
First prize winner Dana Yule of North Versailles, Pa., received 148 votes on Facebook and will be awarded a $100 gift card. Yule's theme was "winter forest wonderland." This is the first year that Yule has decorated her home for the holidays after accumulating decorations over the last couple of years. She hopes to add to the display next year.
Penn Power is a subsidiary of FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE: FE) and serves more than 160,000 customers in all or parts of Allegheny, Beaver, Butler, Crawford, Lawrence, and Mercer counties in western Pennsylvania. Connect with Penn Power at www.pennpower.com, on Twitter @Penn_Power, or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/PennPower.
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