Madison, Wis.(March 26, 2012) — Cathleen and Shruthi Reed, Anne Goetz and Tim Boyd were selected as American Family Insurance's Go Get Your Dream Challenge winners. The contest invited anyone with a dream to share it online, add photos and links to videos, and drum up voter support via social media to be chosen as one of America's top dreamers. The three winners will receive cash awards to help them realize their dreams.
Cathleen Reed and her daughter, Shruthi, of Herculaneum, Mo. were selected as the grand prize winners and will receive the $10,000 dream fund and a personalized development session with motivational mentor and Forbes magazine Feb. 2012 cover subject, Kathy Ireland. Cathleen, who along with her husband has adopted three special needs children, wanted to make life easier for Shruthi, one of their children adopted from India. They dreamed of an accessible bathroom, a fenced-in yard for when a service dog is assigned and a princess makeover for Shruthi.
"Cathleen and the other winners can attest that dreams are powerful," said Kathy Ireland. "It is my honor and privilege to serve as a dream mentor for Cathleen as the grand prize winner of American Family Insurance's Go Get Your Dreams Challenge."
The second- and third-place winners will receive $5,000 and $2,500, respectively.
The second place winner was Anne Goetz of Chicago, Ill., whose dream is to publish a book that encourages kids to learn to love fruits and vegetables, and make healthy choices with every meal.
The third place winner was Tim Boyd of Cecil, Wis., who suffers from Parkinson's disease, but doesn't let that stand in the way of his passion for photography. Tim will be using his dream fund for adaptive camera equipment.
Contest participants chose a category for their dreams (health, career, finances, home, family or passions), entered a dream title, description and up to three photos, and had the option of linking to video.
"American Family Insurance believes the act of sharing one's dreams serves as inspiration to others," said Sarah Pettit, American Family Insurance brand strategy manager. "We are happy to help make these three winners' dreams come true."
About Kathy Ireland
Kathy Ireland is CEO and chief designer of the design and marketing firm kathy ireland Worldwide® (kiWW®). License Global Magazine names kiWW® the 28th most powerfully licensed brand globally, with annual retail sales of $1.9 billion. Named by UCLA one of the Top 10 Women's Health Advocates in America, Ireland supports countless non profits. She was honored recently by the Anti Defamation League, the YWCA, The Dream Foundation and is a significant contributor to many others, including the Alliance for Christian Education, 911 for Kids/AEFK, the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation and St Jude Children's Research Hospital.
Based in Madison, Wis., American Family Insurance offers auto insurance, homeowners insurance, life insurance, health insurance, business and farm/ranch insurance in 19 states. American Family Mutual Insurance Company is the nation's third-largest mutual property/casualty insurance company. Web: www.amfam.com; Facebook: www.facebook.com/amfam; Twitter: www.twitter.com/amfam.