The PCH Prize Patrol Delivers $25,000 Big Check to The USO

Prize Patrol delivers Big Check to USO

USO staff proudly poses with their Publishers Clearing House Give Back check for $25,000! USO Photo By Joseph Andrew Lee

Hey blog readers, I’m going to let you in on a little secret. SO many PCH employees want to be part of the Prize Patrol. I mean after all, being part of the team that is going to change someone’s life forever is definitely an honor. And since we can’t be on the receiving end of the Big Check, it’s pretty nifty to be on the giving side.

Last week, on January 15th, not only did my dream of being on the Prize Patrol come true, but I got a special bonus. You see, I wasn’t just awarding any Big Check. It was my job to help award one of the Give Back Big Checks! As you know, the PCH Give Back is an annual charity event on the PCH Fan Page on Facebook, where fans are allowed to vote for their favorite charity to receive a big donation from Publishers Clearing House! Three amazing charities participated this year — St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, The ASPCA® and the USO (United Service Organizations) — and I had the honor of traveling to Arlington, Virginia to award $25,000 to the USO!

Travelling with the Big Check isn’t as easy as you would imagine. In fact, when my Prize Patrol partner Danielle B. and I got on the plane with it, we immediately received a stern look from a flight attendant. Having many years of Prize Patrol experience under her belt, Danielle was prepared.

 “You’ve heard of Publishers Clearing House? Well, it’s real and we’re the Prize Patrol. This is the Big Check. We cannot let this check out of our sight and we can’t check it. Can you help us?” The stern look turned into a smile and the pilot even budded in to let us know that the Big Check could stay up in the cockpit with him. Talk about flying “first class,” that check had a better seat than I did!

We arrived safely, headed to dinner with some friends and then got ready. The next day was going to be fun!

It was my job to drive the Prize Patrol van to Fort Belvoir in Virginia, and if you’ve ever wondered if it’s difficult to drive a mini van with balloons flying around in the back, the answer is YES. But balloon annoyances aside, we were headed to the USO Warrior and Family Center and Fort Belvoir. I truly didn’t know what to expect with this being my first Prize Patrol delivery. The minute we walked in, the cameras started flashing and we were greeted with smiles. After all, who wouldn’t be happy about receiving a Big Check from Publishers Clearing House?

USO Vice President of Operations, Glenn Welling was one of the men on the receiving end of the $25,000 Big Check and he was more than happy to accept it. He expressed his gratitude and we learned even more about what the USO does to help troops and military families both at home and abroad. Additionally, we got even more information about the “Every Moment Counts” campaign that the USO is currently running. The goal is to remind everyone that the moments servicemen and women get to spend with their families and friends doing simple every day things count more than we can imagine. Whether it’s going to a hockey game or simply staying in and watching TV, those moments are treasured. The normalcy of everyday life, not only for the service men and women, but for their families as well, often go by the wayside when a deployment happens. It’s incredibly important not to forget, and to remember that every moment counts.

Delivering the Big Check to the USO and knowing that that $25,000 will go a long way for an organization that touches so many lives was definitely a moment that I will never forget. And now that you’ve read MY side of the story, check out the USO’s blog covering the Prize Patrol delivery!

Thank you to the USO for all the important work you do. And once again, a big thanks to all our fans who participated in The Give Back event on the PCH Fan Page on Facebook. You all are the best!

Sarah S.

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Dee Dee said...

Great story!!!

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lori miller said...

think it is awesome that you guys help so many people if I am the winner will be an honor to help others in need as I am myself to be able to give back would be the best feeling in the world

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Theresa Baichan said...

Congrats to you and for sharing an insight what its like to be a part of an ongoing mission. Peace and God Bless you and PCH.

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David Faas said...

That is such wonderful News,the troops at Ft.Belvoir
are deserving of it for Serving our Nation.
And I wish the USO all the best at entertaining our men and Women in the USA or US Army.
God bless them all for the sacrifices they make in Protecting all of US from harm.And the USO will keep working to maintain the morale of our troops.

Mr.David Faas
Duluth,Minnesota

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Natasha Davis said...

Thanks Sarah, and Congratulations to the USO family. It really do feel good when you give. Congrats to all the charities that was apart of the contest.=)

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patrice pope said...

Hey you guys
I hope you injoyed yourselves it is very nice that you guys can bless people like that I know it makes their day and it helps them in many ways and you guys are really going to be truly blessed for that it makes me happy to see smiles on people on faces and I know you guys injoy to I hope that one day it will be me you guys be blessed.

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Darcy Lazauskas said...

Good Morning Sarah
My name is Darcy and deaf from Texas! That’s very generous and a wonderful story! I would do anything to help and am very giving person. I spoke with pch staffs over phone and told me that they can’t play for the prize because they work for pch. I felt bad and said to her if I win I would give back to them (including Pch staffs)and for helping so much! I also asked for her name and ext number in case. She said that is very kind as I promise that I would and she is from Canada. She sounds very nice and patience with me over phone with relay service to communicate with me while I use computer to type in and then 3rd person was interpreted for me because I can’t hear the phone but I can read lip if you talk clear. I use sign language. Congrats to USO! It makes me smile and feels good to hear about that! Please come to my door in Houston Texas! :) I got some ices on my car this morning! Have a wonderful day and be safe!

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Marianne Clay said...

Sounds like you did a great job Sarah and had lots of fun handing over the BIG CHECK!!! Great story Sarah

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Stancio Hassan Butler said...

Hi Sarah, Good Afternoon. THAT’S A GREAT STORY ON YOU AND YOUR PRIZE PATROL CREW ON DELIVERING & SURPRISING A $25,000.00 BIG CHECK TO THE U.S.O. IN ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA WHICH IS THE SAME PLACE WHEN The Curbfeelers’ own Sally S. Homberg-Swan LIVES HERE JUST ‘CAUSE MY PCH.COM WEBSITE IS BROKE DOWN RIGHT NOW. I WILL BECOME A NEW $25,000.00 CASH EXTRAVAGANZA PRIZE PATROL WINNER FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER ON MONDAY, JANUARY 27, 2014.

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Stancio Hassan Butler said...

So, Congratulations to both Sarah S. back at PCH Headquarters & to The U.S.O. in Arlington, Virginia with $25,000.00 too.

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priscilla moore said...

I also need to win to buy a headstone for my daughter’s grave

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Helen S. said...

PCH thank you sharing this heartwarming story! Good Job!

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Milana Joyner said...

It must be such a rewarding feeling to be a part of something so meaningful. When I win, I hope to be able to have that type of impact on someone (or a group) as deserving as the charities nominated here. Wonderful!

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Valeda Cooley said...

Fantastic.! I hope to win too from PCH ya’ll have a wonderful day and I’ll keep playing bingo.

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VICKI HOVERKAMP said...

THATS SO GREAT THAT PCH FAMILY SHARED THEIR EXSPERIENCES WITRHG US, MAKES US ALL HAPPY TOO, TO GET TO SEE THEY FACES OF THESE GREAT PEOPLE TRHAT RUN FANTASTIC ORG. SO THANK YOU USO &^ THANK YOU PCH FAMILY! WOOHOO COW GIRL UP!

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karen mccharen said...

I think its owesome.And I will be happy to receive what ever the good lord has for me.god blees all of you out there.

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Valeda Cooley said...

“Fantastic” I’m hoping to win PCH. Ya’ll have a great day I’ll keep playing n praying bingo.Yeah..

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Charlene Wilcox said...

Now I’m confused??? I thought ST.Judes just won a Big Check from PCH???Were They The Runner ups???

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John Blum said...

Your games keep crashing. How is anyone supposed to keep up with contests if we can’t complete the games.

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Mrs. A.T. said...

Hi! Sarah S., I’m glad you were able to deliver it..a change in pace is good. I’m positive the USO appreciates every penny of the contribution! And every moment, it is true, counts! As a veteran I know, you can make plans, just know that they can be changed in a moments notice, so you learn to use your time wisely. (And with family as much as possible!) Thank you PCH, for caring and of course for the donation to a great organization. :)

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Leticia Bibo said...

Leticia Bibo Said…
I wish I could be the next winner at PCH On February 28th and Congratulations to all winner’s.

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Jasmine Swanson said...

I don’t care what my manager says, I see a person in uniform, they get my free drink at work. Why wouldn’t they deserve it? They do things for us and our country, a free drink is a very small gesture of my appreciation. Thank you, Pch, for doing what I couldn’t.

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robin dausey said...

Congratulations to USO as they are one of are great organizations and thanks to PCH for doing this for them!!!!

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Deborah Weise said...

Thank You PCH. My daughter is in the Army.

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DeLayne Perry said...

very awesome…

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susan varughese said...

congrats to USO. you guys deserve the money.

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Larry G. Brock said...

Thanks PCH!! You sure have given me some good choices on charities if I ever win “The Big Check”!!

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Gladys A Lambrecht said...

That deserves an applause!
I do feel happy for them. they risks their lives, and if survive, do not get much help from the Government, neither their families.

Thanks PCH for the great job. :) :) :)

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loretta holder said...

:) I give to USO when I can, my brother is in Afghanistan ,they need it, they had cut backs on food and phone calls to home.

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Debaera Bisceglia said...

Awesome fun for all!!!

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IKAREN STREET said...

Thank You Army , Navy, Air Force and Marines you have a hard job. All of you put your lives on the line . The United State Troops works hard to keep Us Safe .It sounds like PCH PRIZE PATROL was greatly welcome at FORT BELVOIR, VIRGINIA . It was great that you gave them something back . You have a great job too . You help many also.

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Svetlana Mitchell said...

Congratulations USO!!!

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Stancio Hassan Butler said...

And you know what Sarah, My own account at PCH.com will be just a glitch bug from now on when the Prize Patrol are going to meet me in person for the first time ever on Monday,January 27th, 2014 along with $1,000,000.00 JACKPOT AT STAKE!

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Stancio Hassan Butler said...

And you know what Sarah S., I failed winning $25,000.00 when I was busted getting into a perfect 21 in PCH Blackjack every day!

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wesley ivey said...

That is neat!

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Stancio Hassan Butler said...

Congratulations also to USO in Arlingtion, Virginia which is not so far away from my house in Fairfax, Virginia!!!

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jn said...

Sounds like Saras deam came true //which one is she in pix

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Joy Hayes said...

It’s Awesome when we are able to do for others and there lives have been changed for a lifetime of Joy.

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Sara Greenwell said...

Awesome story! I love that you help so many people.

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Gerald Thomas said...

Yeah, i know how this works now, you are not suppose to win….

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Gerald Thomas said...

….Just kidding, just wanted to know what it feels like to say it “) who know…..It could happen to…yeah, someone else. Me !

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Tina Thomas said...

I truly LOVE this giving to the USO it just makes my heart feel so great inside that our Service Women And Men get thing’s out of this, God Bless You PCH, from the bottom of my heart if i never win any thing this i will remember, you all at PCH Thank You .

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eyvonne kerns said...

I’m so happy for all the winners.

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pauline mcpherson-thomas said...

Congrad’s UCO!!! I was routing for you guys, Yeah….

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nancy c roark said...

IF I HAD MONEY ? I WOULD GIVE ANY ONE WHO IT SOMETHING I REALLY WOULD , IN LIFE WE ALL BROTHERS AND SISTER , IF EVERYONE WOULD THINK ABOUT OTHERS IT WOULD BE ALOT BETTER FOR ALL, SHARE …….BLESS THE PEOPLE THAT CAN ….

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Ruth. Durham said...

You people are doing such a good service. For a lot of. Great causes & to say Thank YOU ALL for. Doing that!!!!

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Michaela G. said...

OMG!!! Sarah S., it seems like you had the best time ever!!! ;-) And wanted to say “I wish I had your job!!!” I am so very happy for the USO and the “Every Moment Counts” which is such a wonderful campaign!!!! I come from a military family and I can relate to this wonderful campaign!!

I also want to say “Congratulations to the USO!!!”

I do hope you get to do this again, it seems like a lot of fun!!! I always say every one at PCH has the best job ever especially the Prize Patrol Team!!!

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Helen S. said...

Pretty nifty for sure!
P = Please
C = Come
H = Here!

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phylliswesolowski said...

IT IS WONDERFULL THAT YOU DON,T FORGET THE SERVICE MEM AND WOMEN THAT SERVE OUR COUNTRY. IF I WIN SOME DAY I WILL HELP OTHERS IN NEED ALSO.

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Lorie Blaylock said...

I really do love what you guys do the donations plus my son is in the marines he went in at 18 and just turned 19. and I love that you donate to children`s and homeless god bless you all and it really make me sad that your not going to be on the prize patrol Daniel. I remember get things when I was 12 doing the stamps. But if its what you want and your happy then god bless you and everyone else at pch!

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kenneth lucas said...

I want to win publishers clearing house superprize 1830,3080 feb28th I want to become a millionaire

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kenneth lucas said...

I want to win publishers clearing house superprize 1830,3080 feb28th
Uso for the troops

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priscilla moore said...

i want to win the 1 million forever priscilla

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Claudine Randall said...

add your comment here

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KAREN STREET said...

I AM SO GLAD THAT PCH LET SOMEONE ELSE THAT WORK FOR PCH HAVE THE HONER TO GIVE A BIG CHECK TO USO !! I READ WHAT HE SAID ABOUT THE TRIP !! IT SOUNDED LIKE HE HAD A GREAT TIME !! THANK YOU PCH FOR GIVE HIM A GREAT TRIP AND FUN TIME !! HE WILL ALWAYS HAVE STORIES TO TELL ABOUT WORKING FOR PCH !! YOU ARE A WONDERFUL COMPANY TO WORK FOR PCH !! IF YOU WERE A FOOTBALL TEAM !! I WOULD GIVE YOU A CHEER !!! THANKS FOR CARING ABOUT YOUR PEOPLE AND OTHERS !!! THAT IS A BLESSING FROM GOD !!!

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John Livingston said...

Yes I’m figuring this out now

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Margaret Triviso said...

add your comment here

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