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My Fabulous Quinceañera: A $45,000 Pachanga

Submitted by on July 31, 2009 – 5:20 am2 Comments

verizon-wireless-quinces-2008-winnerI did not have a Quinceañera. Pity me not. I was a reluctant queen then. Today, at 40-something, I am not. If I had it to do again, I would emerge from a giant, lighted purple orchid, like a fairy in a techno garden and my corte would bow to me and my blushing greatness. My portrait would have been done at Vizcaya.

But, this is not about my fantasy, it is about your princesa and her Sweet 15 — el dia that your gordita becomes a señorita.

The good people of Verizon Wireless are offering a blow-out pachanga for some lucky nena’s 15th birthday. The celebration, worth $45,000, includes an event planner, venue, catering for 200 guests and transportation plus a live performance by pop artist Pee Wee. The details, as shared by Verizon’s gente, who created  two informational sites, My Fabulous 15 and Mis Fabulosos 15:

The first phase of the contest — which runs through August 16 — invites eligible teenagers from the Los Angeles, San Jose, Las Vegas, Denver and Kennewick, Wash. metro areas to enter the My Fabulous 15 contest by submitting a brief essay that answers these three questions:

1) What does winning a Quince mean to you?

2) How do you stay in touch with your friends?

3) What is your favorite subject and why?

The submissions may include financial, medical or other hardships faced by the teenager; his/her goals, dreams or plans in life; community involvement or personal service to benefit others; scholastic achievements and how winning the Grand Prize would change his/her life or the lives of others.  The entries will be judged based on the compelling nature of the essay. (Check out the Rules & Regulations at My Fabulous 15.)

Twenty winners from each city will be selected by Verizon Wireless and the public will have an opportunity to vote August 22 through August 31 for the semi-finalist they feel most deserves the grand prize.  The public can vote via text messaging or on the My Fabulous 15 website.  The Grand Prize winner of the Quince party will be announced September 3. Five runners-up will receive a LG enV3 phone and Verizon Wireless gift card.  The Grand Prize winner’s My Fabulous 15 party will be held October 3.

So, pass the word to young women — or young men — who want a rockin’ fiesta.

But, before we go, let’s look at some Quinceañeras and their big day.

Did you celebrate your Quinces? Share. Post pictures. Does Mami still have the giant portrait of you in the living room?

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*click on the photos for credits.

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