GREENSBURG, Pa., Jan. 18, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- A Carmichaels, Pa., resident is the winner of West Penn Power Company's (West Penn Power) "Merry & Bright" Holiday Lights Photo Contest, a competition conducted for the first time on the company's Facebook page.
Grand prize winner Raymond Lessick and family received more than 1,600 votes out of more than 5,000 total votes cast on Facebook. They will receive a $250 gift card.
"Our 'Merry & Bright' Holiday Lights Photo Contest showcases some of the most spectacular holiday scenes in Pennsylvania," said Rosemary Spoljarick, manager, Community Involvement, FirstEnergy. "At the same time, the contest is a fun way to raise awareness of West Penn Power's social media presence and engage with customers."
Customers were encouraged to submit photos of their homes' outdoor lighting displays on the West Penn Power Facebook page during the first several weeks of December. Ten finalists were selected from all entries, and visitors to West Penn Power's Facebook page voted to select the winners.
Lessick's family has been decorating for the holidays for more than 30 years. A tradition started by his parents, Lessick creates a display each year, and says his family will continue to do so for a long time.
According to Lessick, the display has grown a little each year. The 2015 display featured dozens of different shapes, including a Santa on the roof.
"All of the hard work is worthwhile when you see smiles on the faces of the families who stop by each year as part of their Christmas tradition," Lessick said. "We would like to thank West Penn Power for selecting our home as a finalist, and for everyone who voted for us on Facebook."
First prize winner Jaydene Nelson of Scottdale, Pa., received 1,370 votes on Facebook and will be awarded a $100 gift card. Nelson's display included more than 10,000 lights that covered two sides of her home. The house was also outlined with lights in straight lines, and icicle lights lined the roof and eves. This past holiday season, Nelson hand painted the Grinch and his dog Max along with Cindy Lou and the Whoville people on her fence.
View the winning photos on the West Penn Power Facebook page or on Flickr.
West Penn Power is a subsidiary of FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE: FE). West Penn Power serves about 720,000 customers in 24 Pennsylvania counties. Follow West Penn Power on Twitter @W_Penn_Power, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/WestPennPower, and online at www.west-penn-power.com.
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SOURCE FirstEnergy Corp.