Raise Your Hand Official Rules

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. MAKING A PURCHASE WILL NOT IMPROVE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING.

ALL DISPUTES WILL BE RESOLVED SOLELY BY BINDING ARBITRATION AND PARTICIPANTS WAIVE THE ABILITY TO BRING CLAIMS IN A CLASS ACTION FORMAT.

PROMOTION DESCRIPTION: The Raise Your Hand Promotion (referred to herein as the “Promotion”) is a public vote promotion and will take place from April 1, 2018 to May 15, 2018. The intent of the Promotion is to invite individuals to vote for his/her state to determine one (1) Land Grant University Grand Prize winner, one (1) Land Grant University Second Place Prize winner, and one (1) Land Grant University Grand Third Place winner. Eligible individuals who are also 4‑H members or alumni may also submit a vote for the state in which he/she is/was a 4‑H member/alumni to determine winners of fifteen (15) Random Drawing Prizes of a $1,000 JOANN gift card, randomly drawn from among all Land Grant Universities receiving 4‑H member/alumni votes as further described herein.

By participating in the Promotion, each voter and Land Grant University (collectively referred to herein as “Participant”) unconditionally accepts and agrees to comply with and abide by these Official Rules and the decisions of National 4‑H Council (“Sponsor”) and US. Sweepstakes & Fulfillment Co. (the “Administrator”) which shall be final and binding in all respects.

ELIGIBILITY: Only National 4‑H Council affiliated Land Grant Universities are eligible to receive prizes in the Promotion. Participation in the voting component of the Promotion is open to legal residents of the 50 United States, including the District of Columbia, who are age 13 or older at the time of entry. Void in Puerto Rico, Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands, outside the U.S., and wherever else prohibited by law. Employees of the Sponsor, Administrator and their respective subsidiaries, affiliates, advertising and promotion agencies, and the immediate family members (spouses, parents, children, and siblings and their spouses) of, and/or those living in the same household of each, are not eligible to participate. Promotion is subject to all applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations.

TIMING: The Promotion begins at 12:00:01 AM Eastern Time (“ET”) on Sunday, April 1, 2018 and ends at 11:59:59 PM ET on Tuesday, May 15, 2018 (the “Promotion Period”). The Sponsor’s computer is the official timekeeping device for this Promotion.

PRIZES/APPROXIMATE RETAIL VALUE (“ARV”):

  • Grand Prize: One (1) Grand Prize is available to be won consisting of $20,000.
  • Second Place Prize: One (1) Second Place Prize is available to be won consisting of $10,000.
  • Third Place Prize: One (1) Third Place Prize is available to be won consisting of $5,000.
  • Random Drawing Prizes: Fifteen (15) Random Drawing Prizes are available to be won consisting of one (1) $1,000 JOANN gift cards each.
  • Grand, Second Place and Third Place Prizes will be awarded in the form of a check.
  • In the event any prize-winning state has multiple National 4‑H Council affiliated Land Grant Universities, the 1862 Land Grant University will receive 90% of the prize and the 1890 Land Grant University will receive 10% of the prize.

The total ARV of all prizes available to be won: $50,000.

HOW TO PARTICIPATE IN THE PROMOTION: To submit a vote, visit https://4-h.org/raise-your-hand/ and follow all instructions to submit your vote for the state you would like to receive a  Grand, Second Place or Third Place Prize (each, a “Promotion Vote”). At the same time an eligible individual submits his/her Promotion Vote, if such individual is a current 4‑H member or alumni he /she may also submit a vote for the state in which he/she is/was a 4‑H member/alumni by selecting the appropriate 4‑H Member or 4‑H Alum checkbox, choosing the state in which he/she participates/participated in 4‑H, and checking the box to sign up for the JOANN 4‑H Rewards Card (each, a “Member/Alumni Vote”). Promotion Vote and Member/Alumni Vote collectively referred to herein as “Vote”. Upon submission of your Vote, you (“Voter”) will receive a confirmation. Voters are subject to all notices posted online including but not limited to the Sponsor’s Privacy Policy.

There is a limit of one (1) Vote submission per person per email address for the during of the Promotion Period. All Votes must be received between 12:00:01 AM ET on Sunday, April 1, 2018 and 11:59:59 PM ET on Tuesday, May 15, 2018.

The Votes become sole property of Sponsor and none will be acknowledged or returned. Nothing in these Official Rules shall obligate Sponsor to publish or otherwise disclose any Vote submitted in connection with this Promotion. Multiple Voters are not permitted to share the same email address.

Any attempt by any person/entity to gain Votes by promising a benefit to the Voter or any other person, including the use of sites such as Vote Exchange or other similar social media sites, may subject the Voter to disqualification in the sole discretion of the Sponsor. Voters who spam or create false accounts for the purpose of casting Votes (or otherwise undertake any act intended to manipulate or undermine the integrity of the Promotion) may have their Votes disqualified. Decisions of the Sponsor are final relating to all aspects of the voting process and results. The Sponsor may disqualify any Voter, or related parties, who violate or is suspected of violating any of the terms and conditions of the Promotion or these Official Rules.

LEADERBOARDS DISPLAYED ONLINE MAY NOT BE ACCURATE. RESULTS ARE UNOFFICIAL UNTIL ALL ONLINE VOTES HAVE BEEN TALLIED AND VERIFIED BY SPONSOR OR ITS AGENT.

PRIZE WINNER DETERMINATION, NOTIFICATION & ACCEPTANCE REQUIREMENTS: The National 4‑H Council affiliated Land Grant Universities located in the one (1) state that receives the most Promotion Votes during the Promotion Period will each be deemed the potential Grand Prize winner. The National 4‑H Council affiliated Land Grant Universities located in the one (1) state that receives the second most Promotion Votes during the Promotion Period will each be deemed the potential Second Place Prize winner.  The National 4‑H Council affiliated Land Grant Universities located in the one (1) state that receives the third most Promotion Votes during the Promotion Period will each be deemed the potential Third Place Prize winner. In the event of a tie, winners will be selected in a random drawing from among the states whose Promotion Vote totals are tied. A random drawing will take place on or about Thursday, May 17, 2018 from among all Member/Alumni Votes received during the Promotion Period to determine the fifteen (15) potential winning states whose winning National 4‑H Council affiliated Land Grant Universities will be deemed a potential Random Drawing Prize. All states with Member/Alumni Votes are eligible for the random drawing.

An authorized agent of each of the potential prize winners will be notified on or about Thursday, May 17, 2018, via email and/or phone, and will be required to sign and return, within five (5) business days of notification, an Affidavit of Eligibility, a Liability Waiver, an IRS W-9 Form and, where allowable, a Publicity Release (collectively, “the Releases”). Noncompliance will result in disqualification and the state that received the next highest number of Votes will be deemed the potential Grand, Second Place or Third Place Prize winner, or an alternate winner selected in a random drawing if such prize is a Random Drawing Prize, and will be notified as described above. The prizes will be awarded within approximately 60 days after verification.

 

PRIZE CONDITIONS: If any notification or prize is returned as undeliverable, or if potential winner is found to be ineligible or not in compliance with these Official Rules he/she will be disqualified.

 

Gift Card Prizes are not redeemable for cash. Prizes are not assignable nor transferable. No substitution is permitted except if prize is unavailable, in which case a prize of equal value will be awarded. No cash in lieu of prizes and no exchange or substitution of prizes, except at the sole discretion of the Sponsor. Any other incidental expenses on prize not specified herein are the winner’s sole responsibility.

 

Winners are responsible for all federal, state, local and income taxes associated with winning prize. Winners will be required to furnish the institution’s tax reporting number for the sole purpose of preparation of tax forms as required by law.

 

Except where prohibited by law, entry and acceptance of prize constitute permission to use winner’s name, prize won, hometown, likeness, video tape, photographs, and statements for purposes of advertising, promotion and publicity (including online posting) in any and all media now or hereafter known throughout the world in perpetuity, without additional compensation, notification or permission.

By accepting a prize, you further agree to release the Promotion Entities (as defined below) from any and all liability, loss or damage of any kind arising out of or in connection with your participation in this Promotion or with respect to the awarding, receipt, possession, use and/or misuse of any prize.

GENERAL: Participating Participants and Voters agree to these Official Rules and the decisions of the Administrator and the Sponsor, and release and hold the Sponsor, the Administrator, and their affiliated companies, and all other businesses involved in this Promotion, as well as the employees, officers, directors and agents of each (collectively, the “Promotion Entities”), harmless from all claims and liability relating to their participation in the Promotion, and the acceptance and use/misuse of the prize offered. Participants waive all rights to claim punitive, incidental and consequential damages. Winners assume all liability for any injury or damage caused or claimed to be caused, by participation in this Promotion or use/misuse or redemption of a prize. Sponsor is not responsible for any typographical or other error in the printing of the offer, administration of the Promotion or in the announcement of any prize.

No confidential relationship is established by any Voter and the Sponsor as a result of participating in the Promotion. None of the information submitted by the Voter will be treated as trade secrets, confidential information or as protected data.

Although subsequent attempts to submit a Vote on a given day may be received, only the first complete Vote received from a particular Participant/Voter will be eligible; subsequent attempts by the same person to Vote, including votes submitted with an alternate email address or identity will be disqualified. In the event of a dispute over the identity of a participant or voter, submission will be deemed submitted by the “Authorized Account Holder” of the email address submitted by the Participant/Voter. Authorized Account Holder means the natural person to whom the email address is registered. Any participant, voter or potential winner may be required to show proof of being the authorized account holder to Sponsor’s satisfaction. Entry materials/data or Vote materials/data that have been tampered with or altered, or mass entries/votes or entries/votes generated by a script, macro or use of automated devices are void. The Promotion Entities are not responsible for: (i) lost, late, misdirected, damaged or illegible entries/votes; or (ii) error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operations or transmission, theft or destruction or unauthorized access to or alterations of submission materials, or for technical, network, telephone equipment, electronic, computer, hardware or software malfunctions of any kind, or inaccurate transmission of or failure to receive submission information by Sponsor on account of technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet or at any web site or any combination thereof; or (iii) any injury or damage to Participant’s, Voter’s or any other person’s computer related to or resulting from participating in the Promotion. By participating in the Promotion, you (i) agree to be bound by these Official Rules, including all eligibility requirements, and (ii) agree to be bound by the decisions of Sponsor and the Administrator, which are final and binding in all matters relating to the Promotion. Failure to comply with these Official Rules may result in disqualification from the Promotion. Sponsor reserves the right to: (i) permanently disqualify from any Promotion it sponsors any person it believes has intentionally violated these Official Rules; and (ii) withdraw any method of entry or voting mechanism if it becomes technically corrupted (including if a computer virus or system malfunction inalterably impairs its ability to conduct the Promotion). If, for any reason, the Promotion is not capable of being conducted as planned, including but not limited to infection by computer viruses, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures or other causes whether or not beyond the control of Sponsor, Sponsor reserves the right at its sole discretion to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Promotion. Sponsor is not responsible if the Promotion cannot be implemented or prizes cannot be awarded due to delays or interruptions due to acts of God, acts of war, strikes, governmental action, natural disasters, weather or acts of terrorism. Sponsor also reserves the right in its sole discretion to disqualify any individual found to be violating these Official Rules or suspected of attempting to disrupt or defraud the Entry or Vote process or the operation of the Promotion. Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify any Participant or Voter at any time during the Promotion Period that may be found ineligible.

In the event any participant engages or has engaged in behavior that (as determined by Sponsor in Sponsor’s sole discretion) is obnoxious or threatening, illegal or that tends to annoy, abuse, threaten, disparage or harass any other person or company including the Sponsor or is otherwise inappropriate, the Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify the Participant, Voter or winner and void any Votes of said person.

 

LEGAL WARNING: ANY ATTEMPT BY AN INDIVIDUAL, WHETHER OR NOT A PARTICIPANT, TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE, DESTROY, TAMPER OR VANDALIZE THIS WEB SITE OR INTERFERE WITH THE OPERATION OF THE PROMOTION, IS A VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS AND SPONSOR RESERVES THE RIGHT TO SEEK DAMAGES AND DILIGENTLY PURSUE ALL REMEDIES AGAINST ANY SUCH INDIVIDUAL TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW.

GOVERNING LAW AND LIMITATION OF LIABILITY:  All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules or the rights and obligations of participants, Sponsor or the Released Parties in connection with the Promotion will be governed by and construed in accordance with the internal laws of the State of Maryland, without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules or provisions that would cause the application of any other laws.

BY PARTICIPATING IN THE PROMOTION, PARTICIPANT AGREES THAT TO THE EXTENT PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE LAW: (A) ANY AND ALL DISPUTES, CLAIMS AND CAUSES OF ACTION ARISING OUT OF OR CONNECTED WITH THE PROMOTION, OR ANY PRIZE AWARDED, WILL BE RESOLVED INDIVIDUALLY, WITHOUT RESORT TO ANY FORM OF CLASS ACTION; (B) ANY AND ALL CLAIMS, JUDGMENTS AND AWARDS WILL BE LIMITED TO ACTUAL THIRD-PARTY, OUT-OF-POCKET COSTS INCURRED (IF ANY) NOT TO EXCEED TEN DOLLARS ($10.00), BUT IN NO EVENT WILL ATTORNEYS’ FEES BE AWARDED OR RECOVERABLE; (C) UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES WILL ANY PARTICIPANT BE PERMITTED TO OBTAIN ANY AWARD FOR, AND PARTICIPANT HEREBY KNOWINGLY AND EXPRESSLY WAIVES ALL RIGHTS TO SEEK, PUNITIVE, INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL OR SPECIAL DAMAGES, LOST PROFITS AND/OR ANY OTHER DAMAGES, OTHER THAN ACTUAL OUT OF POCKET EXPENSES NOT TO EXCEED TEN DOLLARS ($10.00), AND/OR ANY RIGHTS TO HAVE DAMAGES MULTIPLIED OR OTHERWISE INCREASED; AND (D) PARTICIPANTS’ REMEDIES ARE LIMITED TO A CLAIM FOR MONEY DAMAGES (IF ANY) AND PARTICIPANT IRREVOCABLY WAIVES ANY RIGHT TO SEEK INJUNCTIVE OR EQUITABLE RELIEF.  SOME JURISDICTIONS DO NOT ALLOW THE LIMITATIONS OR EXCLUSION OF LIABILITY, SO THE ABOVE MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU.

DISPUTES:  The parties hereto each agree to finally settle all disputes only through arbitration; provided, however, the Released Parties shall be entitled to seek injunctive or equitable relief in the state and federal courts in Montgomery County, Maryland and any other court with jurisdiction over the parties.  In arbitration, there is no judge or jury and review is limited.  The arbitrator’s decision and award is final and binding, with limited exceptions, and judgment on the award may be entered in any court with jurisdiction.  The parties agree that, except as set forth above, any claim, suit, action or proceeding arising out of or relating to this Promotion shall be resolved solely by binding arbitration before a sole arbitrator under the streamlined Arbitration Rules Procedures of JAMS Inc. (“JAMS”) or any successor to JAMS.  In the event JAMS is unwilling or unable to set a hearing date within fourteen (14) days of the filing of a “Demand for Arbitration”, then either party can elect to have the arbitration administered by the American Arbitration Association (“AAA”) or any other mutually agreeable arbitration administration service.  If an in-person hearing is required, then it will take place in Montgomery County, Maryland.  The federal or state law that applies to these Official Rules will also apply during the arbitration.  Disputes will be arbitrated only on an individual basis and will not be consolidated with any other proceedings that involve any claims or controversy of another party, including any class actions; provided, however, if for any reason any court or arbitrator holds that this restriction is unconscionable or unenforceable, then the agreement to arbitrate doesn’t apply and the dispute must be brought in a court of competent jurisdiction in Montgomery County, Maryland.  Sponsor agrees to pay the administrative and arbitrator’s fees in order to conduct the arbitration (but specifically excluding any travel or other costs of participant to attend the arbitration hearing).  Either party may, notwithstanding this provision, bring qualifying claims in small claims court.

PRIVACY: Personal information collected from participants are subject to the Sponsor’s Privacy Policy, which can be found at http://4-h.org/privacy-policy/.

OFFICIAL RULES REQUEST: To request a copy of the Official Rules, see https://4-h.org/raise-your-hand/ or send a self-addressed, stamped envelope by May 15, 2018, to: Raise Your Hand Official Rules Request, PO Box 25466, Rochester, NY 14625-0466.

WINNER CONFIRMATION REQUEST: For a written confirmation of the winner (available after 05/17/18), send a stamped, self-addressed envelope (no later than 06/14/18), to: Raise Your Hand Promotion Winner Confirmation Request, PO Box 25466, Rochester, NY 14625-0466.

SPONSOR: National 4‑H Council, 7100 Connecticut Ave., Chevy Chase, MD 20815.

Void outside the US, in Puerto Rico, and wherever else prohibited by law.