Many may dream of the life changing legacy a huge sweepstakes prize win from Publishers Clearing House would provide. The screams of delight, gasps of disbelief, sighs of relief and tears of joy that occur during heartwarming winning moments are as much symbols of Publishers Clearing House as the Prize Patrol carrying a dozen roses, balloons, champagne and a Big Check. No wonder PCH SuperPrize winners are speechless – the power of that kind of money to change the lives of our winners and their families is overwhelming!
Some life changing legacies our winners have experienced over the years include the ability to save a house from foreclosure so their family wouldn’t have to move; the financial security to pay off debts and seek overdue medical treatment; the satisfaction of being able to visit dearly missed loved ones and the establishment of a scholarship so promising young students could benefit for generations to come. One Ten Million Dollar winner used his prize money to fund a political campaign and won the local mayoral election … and a $5,000.00 A Year For Life winner used a portion of her windfall to throw a huge party for the entire school where she worked … both of these events certainly impacted a lot of lives!
It may be no surprise to you that our multi-million dollar sweepstakes prizes have improved life for many people; but there’s another kind of transformational gift associated with our company of which you are probably not aware. It’s called the Choice Magazine Listening Service (CML), which is supported by the Lucerna Fund that was established by one of our company’s founders, LuEsther T. Mertz .
CML is a free service offering professional recordings of the best of contemporary writing from leading magazines to those who cannot read due to visual or physical disability. The recordings are available on 4-track cassettes, special thumb drives or by download. The playback equipment and downloads of these recordings for the visually impaired are available through the Library of Congress. For more information, you can visit the Choice Magazine Listening Service website at http://www.choicemagazinelistening.org/.
With her generous establishment of the Lucerna Fund to support the Choice Magazine Listening Service, Mrs. Mertz gave a wonderful life changing legacy to many Americans. And, with the growth of Publishers Clearing House to become the nation’s leading sweepstakes that has awarded over $225 Million in prizes, our founders left a legacy that changed the lives of our big prize winners, their families and heirs. A lot of dreams have come true, thanks to our founders, and the giving keeps on going.
Executive Vice President
PCH, Publishers Clearing House
P.S. Come back to the PCH Blog tomorrow, 5/17/11, for another story about the philanthropy of the founders of Publishers Clearing House.