Sweepstakes Official Rules

 

Sixth Annual SUSTAINABLE DESTINATION SWEEPSTAKES
OFFICIAL RULES

NO PURCHASE OR DONATION NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN.

The Sustainable Destination Sweepstakes (“Sweepstakes”) begins 12:00 am Eastern Time on October 8, 2014 and ends at 6:45 pm Eastern Time on November 23, 2014 (the “Promotion Period”). Sweepstakes is sponsored by The Landscape Architecture Foundation (“LAF”), a 501(c)(3) incorporated under the laws of the District of Columbia, with its principal office located at 1129 20th Street NW, Suite 202, Washington, DC 20036 (“Sponsor”).

ELIGIBILITY:  The Sweepstakes is only open to:

(i) United States residents who have donated money or property to LAF, or

(ii) those who have entered via the free write-in method described below.

Employees, officers, and directors of Sponsor or any of its subsidiaries, affiliates, representatives, administrators, consultants, contractors, legal counsel, advertising, public relations, promotional, fulfillment, and marketing agencies, web site providers, web masters, and members of their immediate families (spouses, parents, siblings, and children, regardless of where they live) and those living in the same household, are not eligible to enter or win.

PRIZE:  The grand prize winner (“Grand Prize Winner”) will receive a trip for Grand Prize Winner and one guest to Australia. Prize package includes (a) round-trip economy airfare for two people between a major metropolitan city airport in the continental U.S. closest to Grand Prize Winner’s residence and Sydney Airport (SYD) (airports to be determined by Sponsor), (b) a stipend of $1,000 for ground transportation and meals throughout the trip, (c) five nights accommodation at an award-winning beach house at Mackerel Beach, (e) briefing at the AECOM Sydney office on current planning and development activities in Sydney. Approximate Retail Value (ARV) of Grand Prize is $7,500, depending on Grand Prize Winner’s point of travel origin and season of travel.

Optional extension of trip may be mutually arranged at the discretion of the Sponsor with additional costs covered by Grand Prize Winner. See prize restrictions below.

TO ENTER:  During the Promotion Period, either,

(a) make a contribution to LAF via the sweepstakes registration page www.lafoundation.org/sweepstakes, or

(b) send a letter or  4” X 6” postcard to LAF requesting a free entry. Include your full name, mailing address, telephone number(s) and email address. Participant must meet eligibility requirements. Letter/postcard must be received by LAF no later than November 7, 2014. Send request to:
    Landscape Architecture Foundation
    Attn: Sweepstakes
    1129 20th Street NW, Suite 202
    Washington DC 20036

For donation, (suggested donation $100 or more, minimum $15), you will be registered for one Sweepstakes chance. Persons or entrants requesting free entry may request one Sweepstakes chance. An entrant’s chance for winning a prize will not be increased by the making of a donation over an entrant’s chance who has requested a free entry. Registrant names will be assigned a number and will be retained in a log maintained by LAF.

You must provide to LAF your full name, mailing address, telephone number(s) and your email address to be eligible to enter to win a prize. Entry constitutes entrant’s certification that he/she meets the eligibility requirements set forth in these Official Rules. Entries must be submitted by the participant. No group entries. No mechanically reproduced, altered, forged, or facsimile entries will be accepted. Any attempt by any participant to obtain more than the permitted number of entries by using multiple and/or different identities, forms, registrations, addresses or any other method will void all of that participant’s entries and that participant may be disqualified at Sponsor’s discretion. All entries become the property of Sponsor when submitted and will not be returned to entrant. Participation constitutes entrant’s full and unconditional agreement to these official rules and to Sponsor’s decisions, which are final and binding on all matters relating to the Sweepstakes. Receipt of donations will be acknowledged or confirmed. Proof of sending or submission will not be deemed to be proof of receipt by Sponsor. Incomplete, illegible, ineligible, corrupted, or untimely entries are void and will be disqualified.  

WINNER SELECTION:  On or about November 23, 2014, Sponsor will randomly select one number from all eligible numbers recorded. The number will be chosen by a random number generator and crossed referenced to a listing of all eligible entry names. The number that corresponds to an eligible entrant’s name will be the Grand Prize Winner. Odds of winning a prize depend on the number of eligible entries received. The winner will be notified by U.S. mail, telephone, and/or email, at Sponsor’s discretion. If a potential winner does not respond within seven (7) days after the first attempt to contact him/her, or the prize notification is returned undeliverable, that potential winner may be deemed to have forfeited the prize, and Sponsor would select an alternate potential winner in his/her place at random from all eligible entries received. Alternate potential winner must satisfy all eligibility requirements. Winning a prize is contingent upon fulfilling all requirements set forth herein. Except where prohibited, each potential winner will be required to complete and return an affidavit of eligibility and a liability/publicity release (the “Affidavit/Release”) within fourteen (14) days of being notified. If the potential winner fails to sign and return the Affidavit/Release within the required time period, or is unavailable to accept the prize within the time period specified by Sponsor, that potential winner will be deemed to have forfeited the prize, and an alternate potential winner will be selected in his/her place in a random drawing from all eligible entries received within seven (7) days of the date the potential winner is determined to be ineligible.  No compensation will be given upon prize forfeiture for any reason. POTENTIAL WINNERS ARE SUBJECT TO VERIFICATION BY SPONSOR, WHOSE DECISIONS ARE FINAL AND BINDING IN ALL MATTERS RELATED TO THE SWEEPSTAKES.  AN ENTRANT IS NOT A WINNER OF ANY PRIZE UNLESS AND UNTIL ENTRANT’S ELIGIBILITY HAS BEEN VERIFIED AND ENTRANT HAS BEEN NOTIFIED THAT VERIFICATION IS COMPLETE. 

PRIZE RESTRICTIONS: The Grand Prize Winner will be issued an IRS Form 1099 for the appropriate retail value of the prize. The Grand Prize Winner and his or her guest, if any, must travel together on same itinerary, and travel companion(s) must sign a Release of Liability and Publicity Release (where legal) prior to traveling. If companion is a minor, signature of parent or legal guardian is required. Accommodations and airfare are subject to availability and blackout dates. Grand Prize Winner and guest must be physically able to climb hills and stairs and be able to carry luggage and food from the ferry along the beach to the beach house. Grand Prize travel must be completed between March 1 and October 31, 2015 or prize will be forfeited. A minimum of three month advance reservations required. The prize does not include (as applicable) taxes, tips, gratuity, point of origin ground transportation, services, charges, or any other service or item not specifically described above, all of which is the sole responsibility of the individual prize winner. Any and all applicable federal, state, and local taxes and all fees and expenses related to acceptance and use of the prize not specifically stated herein are the sole responsibility of the individual prize winner. The prize is not redeemable for cash. Sponsor reserves the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater or lesser value if the prize cannot be awarded as described. Mackerel Beach house property owners, AECOM, and ASLA are not affiliated with or endorsing this Sweepstakes. Sponsor will determine all elements of prizing in its sole discretion. The Prize may not be assigned, transferred, substituted, or changed, except at the sole discretion of Sponsor. Sponsor disclaims all and any liability for the actual provision, quality or nature of any third party product or service accepted by the winner. The awarding of the prize is contingent upon full compliance with these Official Rules. Participants in this Sweepstakes agree to be bound by these Official Rules and agree that if any winner fails to provide proof of identity, refuses to provide the required Affidavit/Release, is found to have violated the Official Rules or otherwise does not meet the eligibility criteria, the prize will be forfeited and awarded to an alternate winner in a random drawing. Sponsor is not liable for injuries, losses or damages of any kind arising from an entrant’s participation in this Sweepstakes and acceptance, possession and use of the prize. Sponsor is not responsible for any typographical or other error in the printing of these Official Rules, administration of the Sweepstakes or in the announcement of the prize. Decisions of Sponsor are final and binding in all respects.

Winner and guest must travel together. Travel subject to availability and blackout dates. Winner and guest are responsible for obtaining all necessary travel documents. Travel arrangements must be made through Sponsor’s agent and on an airline carrier of Sponsor’s choice. If required, winner must be available to travel on dates specified by Sponsor or risk forfeiting prize. Certain travel restrictions may apply. No refund or compensation will be made in the event of the cancellation or delay of any flight except at the sole discretion of Sponsor. Travel is subject to the terms and conditions set forth in this Promotion, and those set forth by Sponsor’s airline carrier of choice as detailed in the passenger ticket contract. The passenger contracts in use by the airlines or other transportation companies shall constitute the sole contracts with respect to the prize winner’s and his/her guest’s transportation and such contracts shall be solely between the prize winner, his/her guest and such transportation companies. Lost, stolen or damaged airline tickets will not be replaced or exchanged. 

RELEASE AND LIMITATION OF LIABILITY:  BY PARTICIPATING IN THIS SWEEPSTAKES, ENTRANTS AGREE THAT SPONSOR AND ITS  AFFILIATES, SUBSIDIARIES, REPRESENTATIVES, CONSULTANTS, CONTRACTORS, LEGAL COUNSEL, ADVERTISING, PUBLIC RELATIONS, PROMOTIONAL, FULFILLMENT AND MARKETING, WEB SITE PROVIDERS, WEB MASTERS, AND ADMINISTRATOR, AND THEIR RESPECTIVE OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, EMPLOYEES, REPRESENTATIVES, AND AGENTS (COLLECTIVELY, THE ‘RELEASED PARTIES’), WILL HAVE NO LIABILITY WHATSOEVER FOR, AND SHALL BE HELD HARMLESS BY ENTRANTS AGAINST, ANY LIABILITY FOR ANY INJURIES, LOSSES OR DAMAGES OF ANY KIND TO PERSONS, INCLUDING PERSONAL INJURY OR DEATH, OR PROPERTY RESULTING IN WHOLE OR IN PART, DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY, FROM ACCEPTANCE, POSSESSION, MISUSE, OR USE OF THE PRIZE, ENTRY, OR PARTICIPATION IN THIS SWEEPSTAKES OR IN ANY SWEEPSTAKES RELATED ACTIVITY, OR ANY CLAIMS BASED ON PUBLICITY RIGHTS, DEFAMATION OR INVASION OF PRIVACY, OR MERCHANDISE DELIVERY.  THE RELEASED PARTIES ARE NOT RESPONSIBLE IF THE PRIZE CANNOT BE AWARDED DUE TO TRAVEL CANCELLATIONS, DELAYS, OR INTERRUPTIONS DUE TO ACTS OF GOD, ACTS OF WAR, NATURAL DISASTERS, WEATHER, OR TERRORISM.  BY PARTICIPATING IN THIS SWEEPSTAKES, PARTICIPANTS AGREE THAT THE RELEASED PARTIES WILL NOT BE RESPONSIBLE OR LIABLE FOR ANY INJURIES, DAMAGES, OR LOSSES OF ANY KIND, INCLUDING DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL, OR PUNITIVE DAMAGES TO PERSONS, INCLUDING DEATH, OR TO PROPERTY ARISING OUT OF THIS SWEEPSTAKES OR THE USE OF THE PRIZE.

WITHOUT LIMITING THE FOREGOING, EVERYTHING REGARDING THIS SWEEPSTAKES, INCLUDING THE SWEEPSTAKES WEB PAGE AND THE PRIZE, ARE PROVIDED “AS IS” WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EITHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, OR NON-INFRINGEMENT.  SOME JURISDICTIONS MAY NOT ALLOW THE LIMITATIONS OR EXCLUSIONS OF LIABILITY FOR INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES OR EXCLUSION OF IMPLIED WARRANTIES, SO SOME OF THE ABOVE LIMITATIONS OR EXCLUSIONS MAY NOT APPLY.  CHECK LOCAL LAWS FOR ANY RESTRICTIONS OR LIMITATIONS REGARDING THESE LIMITATIONS OR EXCLUSIONS.

DISPUTE RESOLUTION:  Except where prohibited, by participating Sweepstakes entrants agree that: All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules, or the rights and obligations of entrants and Sponsor and its agents shall be governed by and construed exclusively in accordance with the laws of the District of Columbia without giving effect to any principles of conflicts of law of any jurisdiction. Entrant agrees that any action at law or in equity arising out of or relating to this Sweepstakes, or awarding of the prize, shall be filed only in the local or federal courts located in the District of Columbia and entrant hereby consents and submits to the personal jurisdiction of such courts for the purposes of litigating any such action.

OTHER:  Sponsor is not responsible for lost, late, incomplete, damaged, stolen, misdirected, or illegible entries, which are deemed ineligible. Sponsor assumes no responsibility for entries it is unable to process due to network, hardware or other technical failures; or any other reason, or incomplete, damaged, misdirected, postage due, illegible or lost mail entries. Sponsor is not responsible for any change of mailing address, email address, and/or telephone number of entrants. Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to disqualify any person tampering with the entry process or otherwise in violation of the rules. Sponsor further reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to cancel, terminate or modify this promotion if not capable of completion as planned, including non-authorized human intervention or force majeure event. In the event of cancellation, Sponsor reserves the right to select a winner from among all eligible entries received prior to date of cancellation. The use of automated entry systems or any other conduct that impedes the integrity of the sweepstakes is prohibited.

GENERAL:  Except where prohibited by law, participation in this Sweepstakes constitutes permission to use the winner’s entry, name, hometown, voice, likeness, photograph, and any statements regarding this sweepstakes for editorial, public relations, promotional and advertising purposes on behalf of Sponsor without compensation. Subject to all U.S. federal, state and local laws and regulations. Void where prohibited and outside the United States.

WINNERS LIST:  For the winner’s name, available after November 30, 2014, send a hand-printed self-addressed, stamped envelope (SASE) to The Landscape Architecture Foundation, 1129 20th Street NW, Suite 202, Washington, DC 20036 or visit the LAF website at www.lafoundation.org.