Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Bringing YA To YOU (HERSHEY, PA)

Have you ever wished that a big YA book tour would make a stop in your hometown? Well, here's your chance for that wish to come true! YA2U is a program that features five award-winning and best-selling authors who are holding a contest to see what city they should visit in an exclusive tour stop!

The authors are collecting votes from January 1 to February 15, and any city in the continental US or any Canadian city that has an international airport can win an exclusive visit from all five authors, including an author panel and book signing! Entering is super easy--and if you help spread the word about the contest, you can also enter win a signed copy of all of their books (TEN signed books in total!)--and the book contest is open internationally!

The authors in the program are:

And they want to have an event in your home town! To participate, just got to the YA2U website and let them know what city you want them to come to. And while you're there, help spread the word about the contest and you can be entered to win all of their books--TEN signed books in total! 

Here's why the YA2U Team should come to MY hometown (HERSHEY, PA)! 

Right in the heart of Central PA is the town of Hershey. It doesn't get any sweeter than Chocolatetown, U.S.A., where Milton S. Hershey and his wife Catherine dreamed of raising a family and creating the best chocolate confections in the United States. It took Hershey three failures to finally succeed at the business of candymaking, and he eventually sold his caramel business for 1 million dollars. He followed this with the creation of milk chocolate (to make it affordable for every family), and the rest is history.

At the same time, Catherine and Milton Hershey also established a boarding school for orphaned boys, and later expanded this school to the K-12 school it is today, meeting the needs of underprivileged children thanks to the love and generosity of the Hersheys, and their legacy of love. Since Catherine was unable to bear children, they poured their love into the orphaned boys, and when Catherine died of scarlet fever, Milton quietly set aside his ENTIRE FORTUNE to perpetuate the school forever.

Did you know that when you buy anything from Hershey, 50% goes back into the trust fund that keeps the school running and pays for the students' needs? The trust fund is currently between 8 and 9 billion dollars and the school runs on the interest alone. For every child that attends the K-12 school, entering at K, 1st or 2nd grade, by the time that student graduates, he or she has received 1 million dollars in services and support. MHS also pays for that student to attend college, except for a small portion Milton expects each student to raise on their own to be invested in their own higher education.

Hershey, PA is home to HersheyPark, Zoo America, the Giant Arena and Hershey Bears, The Hotel Hershey (a 4 star historical hotel of America and luxury spa), Hershey Gardens, The Hershey Story, and the Outlets at Hershey. Nearby attractions include Lancaster, PA (Amish Country) and Gettysburg. The Capital of PA, Harrisburg is also nearby, where Harrisburg International Airport provides immediate access to all Central PA has to offer.

I hope you'll join me in voting for Hershey, PA as the place these authors should come, and I hope you'll join me in welcoming them all to Chocolatetown U.S.A.


Why should the YA2U Team come to your hometown? Why not join in the fun today and share with others about this program and your hometown. The more votes your town gets, the closer you are to having your very own personal tour stop! Vote for YOUR town here!

And if you help spread the word, you can also participate in the book giveaway. Tell them that you learned about YA2U from me and we both get extra entries in the contest! 
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1 comment:

  1. I did not know that about the school. That is beautiful and touching. The school is only for orphaned boys k-12 or has it opened up to orphaned girls too?
    Regardless of what sex its for I think its fabulous and I love your post. IDK who won, but I hope it's Hershey!
    I've been to Lancaster County and my Father and his family grew up on PA. from the 1800's on. PA is special to me and my family.
    He was born in Williamsport.