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August 24, 1994 | By Kay Raftery, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Jeffrey Brillhart, director of music and fine arts at Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church, was the grand prize winner in the American Guild of Organists Competition for Organ Improvisation. The guild is an organization of 20,000 organists. The finals involved 30 organists from Europe and North America. Brillhart's prize-winning performance was an improvised four-movement symphony. Brillhart has been the organist at the church since 1983. He earned his bachelor of church music degree from Drake University and his master of performance and literature degree from the Eastman School of Music.
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April 23, 1987 | By Lidija Zagadinow, Special to The Inquirer
Anne M. Bovee may have finally gotten her big break in the music business. As the recent grand prize winner in the lyric-poem division of the Music City Song Festival, she hopes that her song-writing career has finally taken off. Bovee, of Lawndale, has been writing songs for 23 years, and her entry, "Pick the Pennies," has been her biggest success, earning her a $1,000 cash award. "I began writing songs when I was 15," said Bovee, 38. "The first lyrics that I wrote were basketball cheers.
NEWS
January 12, 1996 | by Earni Young, Daily News Staff Writer
A Bucks County couple has captured an award for a project that would have given Bob Vila of TV's "This Old House" fame cause for pause. It took Anna and Mark Myers four years to turn the abandoned 236-year-old Quaker farmhouse near Kennett Square into a historic gem worthy to receive the grand prize of the Great American Home Awards. The couple and the Center City architectural firm of Susan Maxman & Associates will receive the award Jan. 27 from Henry Jordan, chairman of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, during the 11th Philadelphia Old House Fair.
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February 28, 1994 | By Michael Raphael, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
The hot tub had already been awarded. Same with the three-day cruise, the airline tickets to Florida, and the free family portrait. Now the oversized cardboard check was signed and ready to go. The band stopped playing. It was time for the grand prize. And the winner . . . . . . turned down the 20 grand. The organizers of the raffle did not know this on that recent night at the Woodbine Inn, but John Costanza, a publicity-shy Pennsauken building contractor, had won first prize and was giving the money back.
SPORTS
October 9, 1994 | By Stephen J. Morgan, FOR THE INQUIRER
Andrew Ciok, of Bayonne, N.J., caught a 23 3/4-inch albacore to win the grand prize at the Governor's Third Annual Fishing Tournament at Island Beach State Park in Ocean County, N.J. For recording the biggest catch of the day last Sunday, Ciok will have his name engraved on the Governor's Cup, which is on permanent exhibit at the state park. He also was given a replica of the cup. Albacore, striped bass, blackfish, bluefish, red drum, fluke, kingfish and weakfish were eligible for entry.
BUSINESS
February 27, 2015 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
Comcast Corp. is seeking contestants nationwide for its Innovations 4 Entrepreneurs competition, which carries $10,000 runner-up prizes. Grand-prize winners receive a total of $30,000. Applicants have to submit to Comcast by March 15 a 250-word essay on how they would use technology to improve their business. There will be two regional winners in each of Comcast's 16 regions - including the Philadelphia area - who will each receive $10,000. Six grand-prize winners will be chosen from these 32 regional winners.
NEWS
August 11, 1996 | For The Inquirer / MARK STEIN
"The Cat in the Hat" was the cat's meow in a float competition at the 65th annual Medford Lakes Canoe Carnival. It took the grand prize at the Aug. 3 event held by the Medford Lakes Colony. The float was built by the Unlikelys, a team of Medford Lakes families.
NEWS
December 13, 1989 | By Jim Smith, Daily News Staff Writer
Anthony L. Bates Dandridge won the $200,000 grand prize in an Alpo Pet Food contest. James T. Parker Jr. won a $50,000 Cadillac Allante in a Trump Plaza Hotel sweepstakes. Lewis J. Mazzio's girlfriend won the $75,000 grand prize in another Alpo contest. But not really. They were only fronts for two promoters who swindled several firms out of some $300,000 in a nationwide sweepstakes contest fraud. They didn't really get the prizes, only a cut of the winnings. Dandridge, 39, a kung fu instructor from Richmond, Va., Parker, 33, a professional hypnotist from Lansdowne, and Mazzio, 23, a businessman from Gladwyne, were convicted of fraud charges yesterday by a U.S. District Court jury.
NEWS
November 29, 1992 | For The Inquirer / BILL CAIN
It was a battle of the bands Nov. 19 at the Barn in Bensalem, as musicians took to the stage to compete for the grand prize - the chance to perform at the Sixers game at the Spectrum on Dec. 9. The winning band - Scooter Butler from Morrisville - also receives 10 free hours of studio time and $400 in Sixers tickets. Second place went to Township Bamboo. Will Hodson and the Manatees placed third.
NEWS
October 9, 2012
DEERFIELD BEACH, FLA. - The winner of a roach-eating contest in South Florida died shortly after downing dozens of the live bugs, as well as worms, authorities said. The grand prize in Friday night's contest was a live python. The Broward County Sheriff's Office said in a news release that it is waiting for an autopsy to give the official cause of death. However, a news release on Monday said that 32-year-old Edward Archbold became ill soon after winning and collapsed in front of the Ben Siegel Reptile Store, where the contest was held.
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BUSINESS
February 27, 2015 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
Comcast Corp. is seeking contestants nationwide for its Innovations 4 Entrepreneurs competition, which carries $10,000 runner-up prizes. Grand-prize winners receive a total of $30,000. Applicants have to submit to Comcast by March 15 a 250-word essay on how they would use technology to improve their business. There will be two regional winners in each of Comcast's 16 regions - including the Philadelphia area - who will each receive $10,000. Six grand-prize winners will be chosen from these 32 regional winners.
TRAVEL
December 29, 2014 | By Vernon Clark, Inquirer Staff Writer
In January 2009, noted Philadelphia musician Bill Jolly wrote in his journal that he wanted to be able to "travel anywhere at the drop of a dime, and not have to worry about the cost. " "Don't ask me why I wrote that. I just wanted to be able to go," Jolly said. And with a little wit, planning, and the use of his musical skills, Jolly made that bold dream a reality. Nearly five years later, Jolly has traveled to close to 50 destinations around the world, from Aruba to Beijing to Johannesburg and Sydney - all free.
NEWS
February 28, 2013
We're still clearing out the sour-cherry Valentine's hearts so we can restock the candy dish with Irish potatoes for St. Patrick's Day. Over at Max Brenner cafe and candy store (1500 Walnut St., 215-344-8150, maxbrenner.com ), though, they're clearly thinking spring in a new line of flower-powered tins filled with Brenner faves. Try the Spring Praline Box, 18 sweets for $23.90. Or go crazy with the $89 Large Premium Collection Box, wich has everything from caramelized pistachios rolled in hazelnut cream and cocoa powder to the aptly named Addiction, milk chocolate cubes filled with hazelnut cream and caramelized pecan bits.
NEWS
October 9, 2012
DEERFIELD BEACH, FLA. - The winner of a roach-eating contest in South Florida died shortly after downing dozens of the live bugs, as well as worms, authorities said. The grand prize in Friday night's contest was a live python. The Broward County Sheriff's Office said in a news release that it is waiting for an autopsy to give the official cause of death. However, a news release on Monday said that 32-year-old Edward Archbold became ill soon after winning and collapsed in front of the Ben Siegel Reptile Store, where the contest was held.
NEWS
August 3, 2011 | BY CHRIS BRENNAN, brennac@phillynews.com 215-854-5973
CITY COUNCILMAN . . . convicted felon . . . stand-up comedian? That's the new career path former Councilman Rick Mariano is shooting for these days as he mines his time in City Hall and federal prison for chuckles. Mariano was to appear at 7:40 a.m. today on John DeBella's show on WMGK (102.9-FM) to try his hand at about a minute of stand-up. It's part of the 5th Annual DeBella Comedy Competition. "Ten years in Council. Five years in prison. It gives you a lot of material for comedy," Mariano, a union electrician, told us by phone yesterday from the construction site where he is working.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 23, 2011
MY 18-YEAR-OLD nephew, John Armstrong, gasped when I told him that the star of the Food Network's "Big Daddy's House" would be coming to my house to cook us dinner. "He's coming to your house?" "That's right. Big Daddy's coming to our house," I repeated, pausing for emphasis. Yeah, I was name-dropping. But it's not every day that McCargo cooks a meal in somebody's home. Maybe back in the day, but not since 2008, when he became the last man standing on "The Next Food Network Star" and wound up snagging the grand prize - his own TV show.
NEWS
June 5, 2011 | By David Patrick Stearns, Inquirer Music Critic
FORT WORTH, Texas - Concert pianists tend to measure their worth by success and failure. But there's plenty of gray area in between, as heard in the Van Cliburn Sixth International Piano Competition for Outstanding Amateurs over Memorial Day weekend. The participants emerged into adulthood years ago, not with some competition's grand prize, but with a tire company in Ogden, Utah, or a race-car design that won the Indy 500; with a large, happy family, or maybe a more challenging one with an autistic child.
NEWS
June 5, 2011 | By Steven Rea, Inquirer Columnist
Jessica Chastain was in Cannes last month, where the film she stars in, The Tree of Life , a modest number about the dawn of man, about grace and nature and the struggles of a family in 1950s Texas, won the festival's grand prize, the Prix d'Or. And Jessica Chastain was in Cannes last month, where the film she stars in, Take Shelter , about a man ( Michael Shannon ) who is either going crazy or has foreseen the end of the world, won the Critics' Week grand prize. And Jessica Chastain was in Cannes last month, where the film she stars in, The Wettest County in the World , a Depression-era crime drama with Shia LeBoeuf , Guy Pearce , and Mia Wasikowska , was the object of a bidding war. Harvey Weinstein ended up with the distribution rights.
NEWS
May 6, 2011
Students from West Philadelphia High School were awarded a grand prize Sunday at a national science competition for their design and development of an electric car. The West Philly EVX Team was honored by the Conrad Foundation - named after Charles "Pete" Conrad Jr., an astronaut in the Gemini and Apollo programs - for its Electric Very Light Car. The students, from the high school's Academy of Automotive and Mechanical Engineering, were named 2011...
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