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Winners Determined by Local Community Votes

LYNCHBURG, Va. (Jan. 18, 2016)– To help celebrate Martin Luther King Day, U.S. Cellular and the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Lynchburg is kicking off the 3rd annual Black History Month Art Contest, which honors the many contributions of African-Americans and encourages young people to learn more about these current and historic influencers.

Boys & Girls Club members are encouraged to research and learn more about African-American role models and their important contributions to society. They are then invited to create and submit an original 8.5 x 11 portrait representing the figure of their choice using any art medium from any point in history, including present day.

"We look forward to seeing the great art projects from the Boys & Girls Club members. The level of creativity and talent is always amazing," said Nathan Waddell, director of sales for U.S. Cellular in the Mid-South. "U.S. Cellular's commitment to education gives us the opportunity to partner with organizations here in the greater Lynchburg area and across the country. This contest showcases the creativity and talents of our kids as they honor African-American leaders while celebrating our rich history of diversity."

The top 10 finalists' entries will be chosen by a panel from the Lynchburg Club and then displayed at local U.S. Cellular stores. The public is invited to view and vote on the artwork from February 1 to 29, and the top three artists - as determined by the number of votes - will receive prizes:

  • $150 for 3rd Place
  • $200 for 2nd Place
  • $500 for 1st Place

"The kids actually reminded us about the program this year!" said Mark Sheehan, executive director of the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Lynchburg."Programs like this can remind our members that one person can truly accomplish greatness."

To vote (starting February 1) visit U.S. Cellular stores:

U.S. Cellular — Wards Rd.
3911 Wards Road Suite I
Lynchburg, VA 24502

U.S. Cellular — Forest Rd.
3901 Old Forest Rd Bldg. G, Ste. 702
Lynchburg, VA 24501

For more information about the creation of the submissions or to see the children's creative artwork in process contact the club at: Boys & Girls Club of Greater Lynchburg
1101 Madison St.
Lynchburg, VA 24504

About U.S. Cellular
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For more information, contact:
Melissa Watkins, PR Counsel
Cell: 804-402-5316

Katie Frey, Comm. Mgr., U.S. Cellular
Office: 773-355-3275