Special May 2, 2013

Pride Wedding Contest

1. Contest Description. One (1) self-identified LGBT couple and one (1) self-identified straight ally couple will win the Pride wedding of their dreams - to say "I Do" on Swish's multi award-winning float during the 2013 NYC Pride March on June 30, 2013.  Each couple will receive an NYC Wedding Weekend Prize Package and VIP treatment from our fashion, entertainment, and event sponsors to create the ultimate Pride wedding.  After the on-float ceremony and serenade by international singing sensation and Grammy-nominee Andromeda Turre, winners will attend Swish's Pride Wedding Reception with their invited guests.  Here they will have the opportunity to have their first dance, cut their wedding cake, throw bouquets and thank their allies, supporters, and loved ones. 

2. Sponsors. This Contest is sponsored by:

Swish, 676A 9th Avenue, Suite 131, New York, NY 10036.

3. Entry Guidelines. The contest opens May 20, 2013.  Participants will submit a video online at http://action.swishpride.org/PrideWedding telling us in 2 minutes or less:

  • What was the moment you knew he/she was the one?
  • Why get married at Pride? 

The deadline for video submissions is June 7, 2013 at 11:59pm ET; the Facebook voting period for Finalists will extend from June 8 to June 10, 2013, 11:59pm ET; and winners will be announced on our around June 11, 2013.  

4. Entrant Eligibility. No purchase is necessary to enter or win a prize. This Contest is void in any jurisdiction where it is restricted or prohibited by law. Open to legal residents of the United States ages 21 and older at time of entry. Employees of the Sponsor or any affiliated board member, company, or vendor (and the immediate families of each) are not eligible to participate or win a prize. By participating in this Contest, each Entrant agrees to be bound by these Official Rules and by the decisions of the Sponsor, which are final in all matters relating to this Contest.

5. Rights to Submissions. Each Entrant hereby agrees:

·     (a) to enter his or her Submissions under the following terms and conditions:

·     i. that all Submissions become the property of the Sponsor and will not be returned;

·     ii. that all Submissions are free from any lien or claim by anyone, including but not limited to any artist (other than the Entrant), union, guild, stock photography agency, gallery, or museum;

·     iii. that each Entrant has obtained all rights, permissions, and licenses necessary for the Sponsor to use the Submissions for any purpose;

·     iv. that no Submission or any part thereof infringes any trademark, copyright, or other intellectual-property right, or otherwise violates anyone's right of privacy or publicity; and

·     v. that each Entrant shall indemnify and hold harmless the Sponsor and their respective parent, subsidiary, and affiliated companies from any claims, suits, losses, damages, and expenses (including reasonable attorneys' fees) that arise from any breach of the following conditions. Each Entrant agrees to the foregoing and in addition agrees to obtain or execute and deliver, upon request of the Sponsor, any documentation and releases necessary to prove his or her unrestricted ownership in all materials contained in his or her Submission and his or her right to use such materials without limitation for any purpose and to transfer such rights to the Sponsor;

·     (b) that his or her Submissions may be used by the Sponsor in whole or in part for any purpose whatsoever without any compensation, and that he or she hereby grants to the Sponsor the exclusive, irrevocable right and license to exhibit, broadcast, copy, reproduce, encode, compress, encrypt, incorporate data into, edit, broadcast, rebroadcast, transmit, record, publicly display, create derivative works of, distribute and synchronize in timed relation to audio material, and otherwise use the materials contained in his or her Submissions and/or any portions or excerpts thereof, in any manner, an unlimited number of times, in any and all media, now known or hereafter devised, throughout the world, in perpetuity, and to confirm this agreement in writing upon request by the Sponsor; and

·     (c) that the Sponsor is under no obligation to use any Submission or any materials contained in any Submission for any purpose at any time.

6. Submission Restrictions. Submissions, in whatever format, will be deemed ineligible and will not be accepted if they include any of the following:

·     (a) any derogatory characterization of any person or group, including but not limited to characterizations based on ethnicity, race, sexual identity, religion, political affiliation, or occupation;

·     (b) any nudity, profanity, or depictions of violence not essential to the message of the Submission;

·     (c) any display of any severe physical injury, death, or property damage or any conduct or activity reasonably likely to cause severe physical injury or property damage;

·     (d) any content which endorses or condones illegal drug use or alcohol abuse;

·     (e) any commercial endorsements;

·     (f) any mechanisms that would display, encourage, or imply that any activity or conduct that is otherwise unacceptable in reality, has been or could have been involved;

·     (g) any unauthorized use of any intellectual property that is protected by trademark, copyright, or other intellectual-property laws from any source;

·     (h) any depiction of any recognizable person other than Entrant (unless Entrant can furnish valid, written approval from such person); or

·     (i) any other conduct, language, or other content deemed inappropriate by the Sponsor or the judges, in their sole discretion.

7. Eligible Entries. Each Submission that meets the requirements of these Official Rules is referred to herein as an "Eligible Entry." Derivative or different versions of the same Submission are not Eligible Entries. In making such determinations, the decisions of the Sponsor are final.

8. Disclaimers. The Sponsor assumes no responsibility for incorrect or inaccurate Submission information whether caused by any of the equipment or programming associated with or used in this Contest or by any human error which may occur in the processing of Submissions to this Contest. The Sponsor is not responsible for any failure, problem, or technical malfunction of any telephone network or lines, internet connection, computer online systems, servers or providers, computer equipment, software, email, web browser on account of technical problems, traffic congestion or the internet or at any web site, any combination thereof, or otherwise, including without limitation injury or damage to any Entrant or to any person's computer related to or resulting from participating or downloading materials in this Contest. If, for any reason, this Contest is not capable of running as planned, including problems with any computer system caused by any computer worm or virus, bug, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failure, or any other causes beyond the control of the Sponsor that corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity, or proper conduct of this Contest or for any reason the Sponsor deems it necessary, the Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to cancel, terminate, modify, delay, or suspend the Contest.

9. Voting, Judging Panel, and Judging Criteria. Following the end of the Contest Entry Period, a committee of board members and volunteers will select at least three (3)  finalist couples.  There will be a public voting period on Swish's Facebook page from June 3 to June 9, 2013.  

10. Prizes. The two (2)  prize packages will include, but not be limited to, romantic dinners for two, couples spa treatments, wedding photo sessions, honeymoon goodie baskets, photo sessions, stylist makeovers and more.  *Packages subject to availability.  Travel to and accommodations to New York City are the responsibility of the Contest Winners. 

11. Contacting the Winners. The Winners will be notified by email on or around 5:00pm (ET) on June 11, 2013. The Sponsor will make a maximum of three attempts to contact the Winners. If they are unreachable during the 48-hour period in which the Sponsor attempts to make contact, or if either couple does not comply with these Official Rules, alternate Winners may be selected from all remaining Eligible Entries received.

12. Winners' Documentation and Duties. Each Winner may be required to sign:

·     (a) an affidavit of eligibility and liability release releasing the Sponsor and all affiliated artists, companies, advertising agencies, suppliers, and their respective employees, from any and all liability, claims, demands, and causes of action for personal injury or damage, theft, loss, or any other harm suffered in connection with this Contest;

·     (b) except where prohibited by law, a promotional release granting the right to use his or her name and likeness for advertising and publicity purposes without additional compensation;

·     (c) any relevant tax documentation; and

·     (d) at the Sponsor's request, any additional legal documentation to confirm the Sponsor's rights in and to the Submissions.

Entry into the Contest constitutes each Entrant's agreement to sign such documents. A Winner's failure to sign and deliver any of such documents when request may result in disqualification and selection of an alternate Winner. Each Winner is also responsible for obtaining and paying for legal marriage licenses in the State of New York - please see the site of the New York City Clerk's Office here for all of those requirements.  Any violation of these Official Rules by any Winner may result, in the Sponsor's sole discretion, in such Winner's disqualification as a Winner of this Contest and the termination of all privileges as a Winner.

13. The Sponsor's Rule Decisions and Discretion. All interpretations of these Official Rules and decisions of the Sponsor in all matters related to this Contest are final. The Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to disqualify any individual it finds or believes: (a) to be tampering with the entry process or the operation of this Contest or the Contest Web Site; (b) to be acting in violation of these Official Rules; or (c) to be acting in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner, or with intent to annoy, abuse, threaten, or harass any other person. Any attempt by any person to deliberately damage the Contest Web Site, the Foundation web site, or any related web sites or undermine the legitimate operation of the Contest may be pursued to the full extent of the criminal and civil laws, and the Sponsor reserves the right to seek damages from any such person.

14. Jurisdiction and Governing Law. The New York federal and state courts have sole jurisdiction of any controversies regarding the Contest, and the laws of the State of New York govern the Contest. By entering the Contest, each Entrant waives any and all objections to jurisdiction and venue in those courts and hereby submits to the jurisdiction of those courts.

15. Requests for Rules or List of Winners. For the name of the Winners and/or a copy of these Official Rules, send a self-addressed stamped envelope to:

Swish Pride Wedding Contest 
676A 9th Avenue, Suite 131 
New York, NY 10036

All requests must be received by June 10, 2013, 11:59pm ET. Please note on the front left-hand corner of the outer envelope whether you are requesting "Rules" or the names of the "Winners."