The delightful aroma of cinnamon, hot chocolate and fresh baked cookies was lingering in the air as I entered the QVC atrium for the 2nd Annual Charity Employee Gingerbread House Competition. Holiday cheer and the thrill of friendly competition was palpable amongst the QVC employees. As it should be since hundreds of dollars were on the line in charitable donations.
Approximately 100 entries from individuals and teams demonstrated the spirit of the season and creativity inspired by the theme “All the Joy, None of the Craziness.” The entries are displayed in two QVC locations where company personnel and guests can gather to admire the artistry while enjoying gingerbread cookies, beverages and conversation.
Only one gingerbread house per site was bestowed the honor of blue ribbon winner by QVC senior leadership and will retain bragging rights until next year. In addition, QVC will make a donation to a charity chosen by the winning individual or team. Second and third place winners also received donations to the charity of their choice. If the winners choose a QVC featured charity, QVC will double the donation!
New this year, QVC invited employees, their families and friends to Studio Park for a fun holiday afternoon. The gingerbread houses were on display, refreshments available, and participants learned how to make a snow globe, kids made pasta necklaces and commemorative holiday photos were taken.
And the winners are…..drum roll please…
1st Place Studio Park: “QVC Cinema”, Pictured left to right: Megan Miller, Shannon Mallon, Alyssa Phillips, Chuck Tisa and Chris Torillo
1st Place Founder’s Park: “Qeebler Elf Gingerbread Tree House”, Team members Scott Geschel, Ralph Leitch, Jonathan Brunke, Gaile Locke, Joe Giovanetti, Ted Johnson and Kristy Settle
2nd Place Studio Park: “QVC’s Back on the ‘daq”, Pictured left to right: Larry Denney, Beth McClure, Joanne Naughton, Will Suhr, Amanda Stangl, Nadia Erb and Lisa Thompson
2nd Place Founder’s Park: “The Walking Bread”
3rd Place Studio Park: “Mixing Up Memories”, Broadcast Culinary Team
3rd Place Founder’s Park: “Rockefeller Center”, Kristin Reed
Honorable Mention Studio Park: “Walking in a One Q Wonderland”, Team members Allison Sheaffer, Amy Pacer, Erin Connelly, Stephanie Gross and Victoria Lacek
To see photos of more Gingerbread House entries, CLICK HERE! You might just be inspired to build your own this year.
QVC’s “Give Joy” Campaign will include a food bank donation, card-writing campaign to veterans, adopting families to give gifts and so much more this year! Check back for more information soon.