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July 31, 2009
Candle in the Window Chooses a Final Design and Honors 2 Winners with $1000 in Scholarships
After 4 months of college students and others wrestling with the creative challenge and providing more than 230 submissions, CandleInTheWindow.org has picked two winners for its nationwide sign design contest. The victors are Kelsey Hazzard, a 2009 graduate of the University of Miami who is entering law school this fall at the University of Virginia, and Christina Tien Chang, an entering senior at Rockville High School in Rockville, Maryland. Both will split the $1000 scholarship prize.
“We were impressed by the simplicity of Kelsey’s concept,” said Fernando Alessandri, President of CITW. “We were looking for something that would catalyze people of good will to identify themselves to pregnant women in desperate circumstances. Kelsey’s idea for the type of sign was on the right track so we took it as a great starting point.”
Kelsey Hazzard and
“Then for the actual design
work we turned to Christina, whose submission was
exceptional and a finalist. Our final design had to be
attractive and stylish and we knew she could deliver. Once
we gave her the actual words to use she was off and running
with various concepts until we chose the final one,”
Chang and her original submission.
“I’m really excited about being
chosen for the final design work,” said Chang. “Not only
did this contest appeal to my interest in graphic design
but also brought up memories of my middle school classmate.
She got pregnant and was not given enough support from the
community and eventually disappeared from school. Today, I
regret my past decisions to not reach out to her during a
time when she needed help the most. By working on this
project, I hope I can overshadow my mistakes and promote a
"I'm honored that Candle in the Window chose my sign concept," said Hazzard. "This project is going to make pregnancy resources accessible for thousands of women. I'm thrilled to be part of it."
CITW has taken Hazzard’s and Chang’s work and rewritten the text to better express its full message. The final sign reads:
May 12, 2009
Candle Announces Scholarship Contest for Best Poster/Sign Design that Encourages Needy Pregnant Women to Ask Bearers for Help
Washington DC – Newly established CandleInTheWindow.org announces a $1000 scholarship/award for the winning design of a poster or symbol that tells pregnant women in need that the bearer of the symbol will help them get the help they need.
“We want to get beyond the buzzwords of “life” and “choice” and make it clear to millions of pregnant women that in Everyneighborhood, USA there are hundreds of people right around them willing to help them during and after their pregnancies,” said Fernando Alessandri, President of CITW. “Whether they need a job, a place to live, medical help, diapers, blankets, food or any other kind of pregnancy- and motherhood- related services, our sign-bearers will help them find it.”
Alessandri said his group was encouraged to found the organization after their discovery of thousands of crisis pregnancy centers offering free services across the U.S. Organizations such as Birthright International and Optionline.org offer 24-hour phone support as well as searchable websites that pinpoint the closest support centers for any given zip code.
Rather than design a poster themselves, Alessandri said the group decided to open it up to the public as a contest to encourage students to think about how to draw attention to the plight of pregnant women looking for assistance at a crisis point in their lives.
The deadline for submissions is June 15, 2009.
Candleinthewindow.org models its concept after the Underground Railroad of the 1840s, by which kind-hearted people willing to help men and women fleeing from slavery identified themselves as a safe haven by placing a light in the window of their homes each night.
www.CandleInTheWindow.org was founded as a private initiative in March 2009. Correspondence may be directed to email@example.com, PO Box 61, Davidsonville, MD 21035-0061, or by phone at 443-370-2606.