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Benchmark Teacher of the Week Contest Rules

Benchmark Chrysler Jeep Dodge Teacher of the Week

Monday August 20, 2012 – Friday May 17, 2013

Official Contest Rules

Do I need to purchase anything to participate in this Contest? 

No purchase is necessary to participate in this Contest.


Who is conducting this Contest?

TV Alabama Inc, ("TVA") is conducting this contest on TV stations WCFT-TV and WJSU-TV, d.b.a ABC 33/40.


Who can participate in this Contest? 

Individuals who are:

  • Nominated teachers in a public or private K-12 school in the ABC 33/40 viewing area.
  • The teacher and the person nominating the teacher must be legal residents of and physically located in Central Alabama, specifically the following counties:  Bibb, Blount, Calhoun, Cherokee, Chilton, Clay, Coosa, Cullman, Etowah, Fayette, Greene, Hale, Jefferson, Marion, Pickens, St. Clair, Shelby, Talladega, Tuscaloosa, Walker, Winston.


Who cannot participate in this Contest?

Individuals or their Family/Household members who:

  • live or receive Station's signal (e.g. satellite retransmission) outside the WCFT / WJSU viewing area.
  • are employed by Sponsor, promotional companies and advertising agencies involved with this Contest (or their affiliates or subsidiaries); or
  • are employed by other radio, television, print media operations in the Station's market (or their affiliates or subsidiaries).
  • "Family Members" include: spouses, parents, children and siblings. "Household Members" include persons living at the same street address, either full or part time, whether or not they are legally related.


When will this Contest begin and end?

Contest entries will begin on Monday August 9, 2012 and will continue thereafter through Friday May 17, 2013.  One (1) winner will be announced initially each Friday (beginning September 14, 2012) during ABC 33/40's "Midday News" for a total of 30 weeks.  Due to school holidays, there will be no winners announced the weeks of November 19-23, 2012; December 17-21, 2012; and December 24-28, 2012. Since many school systems observe different dates for Fall and Spring Breaks, we will continue the selection process through those weeks.


How can I participate in and win this Contest? 

Participate by logging on to and click on the "Benchmark Teacher of the Week" link, or by mailing in a nomination to: Benchmark Teacher of the Week, Attn: Gina Womack, 800 Concourse Parkway, Suite 200, Birmingham, AL 35244. Write, in 200 words or less, why you feel your teacher deserves to be honored as the teacher of the week.  A committee made up of ABC 33/40 employees will meet each Monday at 9:00 a.m. Central time to determine the winner on the basis of creativity and demonstration of the qualities of an outstanding educator. All eligible entries received at that time will be considered.  Entries not selected for any particular week will be held for future consideration.  There is no need to make the same nomination multiple times.


What can I win? 

The winner will receive a personalized plaque acknowledging the Teacher of the Week honor valued at $15, an invitation to a luncheon to honor the recipients valued at $10, ABC 33/40 merchandise valued at $10, a letter from the Alabama Department of Education recognizing their honor, and $100 cash from Benchmark Chrysler Jeep Dodge. The Prize is valued at approximately $135. The prize restrictions/condition outlined are not all-inclusive and may be subject to additional restrictions/conditions, which will be stated in the Affidavit/Release. 


What are my odds of winning this Contest? 

The odds of winning are dependent on the number of entries on our website, and the creativity of the answers as determined by the judges.


How will I be notified?

A representative of ABC 33/40 will notify recipients in person at the winning teacher's school each Thursday, where practicable, and will tape a segment to air on ABC 33/40 News.


Will I be responsible for paying taxes on the prize?

Other than expressly stated in prize descriptions in these Rules, all federal, state, local, and/or other taxes, without limitation, including income taxes, are sole responsibility of the winner.  Winner will receive a 1099 form from the Sponsor for the total approximate retail value, as stated herein, of the prize he/she won in the calendar year it was won.


What are my responsibilities as the Prize winner?

The Prize winner (and travel guest(s) where applicable) will be required to provide:

  • Signed Acknowledgement, Waiver, Indemnification and Release (See Attached Form)
  • IRS Form W-9
  • Proper Identification (passport, driver's license, or other form of government-issued picture identification)
  • Other documentation Sponsor may require
  • The winner will receive their prize packages at the luncheon to honor the collective recipients.


Under what conditions will a Prize winner be disqualified an alternate winner selected?

  • if he/she cannot be reached after a reasonable effort has been made during 10 business days from the date the teacher of the week is selected;
  • if he/she is found to be ineligible;
  • if his/her prize or prize notification is returned as undeliverable; or
  • if he/she does not comply with these Rules


What else do I need to know about this Contest? 

This Contest is subject to the following additional rules:


1.     Prize Limits.  You may win this Contest only once and only one (1) winner per household is permitted.  You are eligible to win a prize from Sponsor valued in excess of Six Hundred Dollars ($600) only once per every twelve (12) months.


2.     Prize Substitutions.  Prizes may not be redeemed, exchanged or otherwise substituted.  PRIZES ARE NON-TRANSFERABLE.


3.     Sponsor Decisions.  Decisions of Sponsor with respect to this Contest shall be final in all regards.  Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to change, alter and/or modify these rules at any time, including the substitution of a prize of equal or greater value.  Such change, alteration and/or modification shall become effective upon the broadcast of the same by Sponsor.


4.     Privacy.  Any personal information supplied by entrants will be subject to Sponsor's Privacy Policies and terms of service posted at its website. Sponsor has the right to modify, use in perpetuity on any media, assign to any third parties and or dispose of entries. Once submitted, entries become the sole property of the Sponsor and will not be returned.


5.     Promotional Use of Winner's Identity.  By participating in this Contest, you grant Sponsor and its designees permission to use your name, picture, likeness, biographical information, statements, address (city and state) and/or voice in any manner for any marketing, advertising or promotions, whether telecast, published, or used in other medium (including but not limited to posting on the web), and to maintain such name, picture, likeness and/or voice in a database for future use, all without additional remuneration, all to the fullest extent permitted by law.  Sponsor will not provide any personally identifying information of minors, regardless of its source, to any third party without the express written consent of entrant's parent/legal guardian.


6.     Technical Problems.  Neither Sponsor nor its agents and representatives shall be responsible for:

  • any technical difficulties including, but not limited to lost, late, misdirected, incomplete, garbled phone calls, limited calling, dropped lines, busy phone lines, computer error or any technical malfunctions of the telephone network, illegible or mutilated correspondence, inability to access Contest via the Internet due to hardware, software compatibility, server and/or any other condition beyond the reasonable control of Sponsor;
  • cancellation, pre-emption, non-broadcast or out-of-normal-timeslot telecast, in whole or in part, of any program containing a Contest element and Sponsor may choose, at its sole discretion, to cancel, modify or suspend Contest, or any portion thereof, due to such occurrences; or
  • inability of the online portion of the Contest to run as originally planned, including tampering or infection by computer virus. Sponsor at its sole discretion, reserves the right to cancel, modify, or suspend the Internet portion of the Contest and conduct any or all drawings from all salvageable eligible entries received.


7.     Contest Cancellation/Suspension.  Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to cancel or suspend this Contest in the event Sponsor cannot preserve the security or proper administration of this Contest, or for any other reason in Sponsor's sole and absolute discretion. In case of a dispute over the identity of the entrant who submitted a selected Internet entry (if applicable), Sponsor reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to deem the owner of the email account (as indicated on Internet service provider records) to be the entrant.


8.     Trademarks.  Any trademarks, tradenames, and/or tradestyles used in this Contest are the sole property of the respective owners of such trademarks, tradenames, and/or tradestyles and are used herein solely for identification purposes.


9.     Legal Preemption.  This Contest is subject to all applicable federal, state and local laws and to these Rules.  This Contest is void where prohibited by law.


10.   Acknowledgements.  By participating, you agree:

  • to be bound by these Rules and the decisions of the Sponsor (or their designated representative), which are final and binding in all respects and to waive any right to claim ambiguity with the Rules;
  • to waive any right to claim ambiguity with these Rules;
  • to indemnify and hold harmless the Sponsor from any and all liability resulting or arising from the Contest;
  • to release all right to bring a claim, action, or proceeding against the Sponsor; 
  • to acknowledge that Sponsor has neither made nor is in any manner responsible or liable for any warranty, representation or guarantee, express or implied, in fact or in law, relating to any prize and does not warrant, guarantee or in any way assure, vouch for or underwrite the work or any product associated with a prize including, but not limited to, merchantability, material, manufacture, workmanship, design, fitness for any particular purpose, value, condition, operation or performance;
  • that Sponsor shall have no responsibility or liability in connection with disputes over procedures or with respect to use of any prizes (including property loss, damage, personal injury, or death); 
  • that any person attempting to defraud or in any way tamper with this Contest will be ineligible for prizes and may be prosecuted to the full extent of the law;
  • that Sponsor is not responsible for multiple entries, entries that are entered by other than human means or by other mechanical means or for entries that are late (including delayed data transmissions), tampered with, illegible, mutilated, forged, mechanically duplicated, mass machine printed, postage due, misdirected, incomplete, destroyed, lost, photocopied entries or entries otherwise not in compliance with these Rules and such entries will be disqualified;
  • that if, for any reason, the online portion of the Contest is not capable of running as originally planned, such as tampering or infection by computer virus, Sponsor at its sole discretion, reserves the right to cancel, modify, or suspend the Internet portion of the Contest and conduct any or all drawings from all salvageable eligible entries received;
  • that the Sponsor is not responsible or liable for any injury or damage to an entrant's or third person's computer and/or its contents, related to or resulting from any part of this Contest; and
  • that in no event shall Sponsor be liable for any special, incidental or consequential damages associated with the Contest.


11.   Acknowledgement/Waiver/Indemnification/Release.  Winners of any Prize (and travel guest(s) where applicable) shall be required to execute the attached Acknowledgement, Waiver, Indemnification and Release prior to his or her receipt of such Prize.


12.   Rules/Winners List.  Official Rules will be posted on the Sponsor's website during the Contest period.  To receive a copy of the Official Rules or the Name of the winner(s), send a self-addressed envelope to: "Benchmark Teacher of the Week Official Rules", c/o ABC 33/40, 800 Concourse Parkway, Suite 200, Birmingham, AL 35244.