Even a pandemic couldn’t stop WoodmenLife’s commitment to patriotism. After all, we’ve been making a difference in hometowns across America and honoring our country since 1890. We may have been unable to organize and host activities where people could share their American pride together, but we found a solution: The WoodmenLife Patriotic Chalk Challenge.
For a second year, people from across the country celebrated Independence Day by creating original, America-themed artwork with chalk, paint, markers, or another medium. Chalk it up to patriotism, because more than 50 pieces of artwork were submitted via Facebook, and thousands of Facebook voters sent in their selections for the best creations.
The three winners were announced in early July. Be sure to check out this video of all the entries.
To make things even sweeter for the winners, they got to split their cash prizes with their favorite 501(c)(3) charity:
“WoodmenLife’s Patriotic Chalk Challenge is a fun way to share patriotic pride across the country, especially leading into the 4th of July holiday,” said Robby Molony, Vice President, Fraternal. “This contest lets participants show off their talents while giving back to causes important to them.”
First-place winner Tasha Hart created her artwork with the help of Honest, her son. They rendered a soaring eagle with spread wings colored to resemble the flag. Entitled “O Say Can You See,” the eagle soared above a row of 13 stars that represent the original colonies, and it was surrounded by lyrics from the “Star Spangled Banner.”
They took their tribute to the USA a step farther by composing it in Liberty Park, a local greenspace in Jackson.
The eagle is about seven feet from wingtip to wingtip, and the piece took more than three hours to make, Hart commented.
“Over 140 pieces of chalk were bought to make this happen,” she said.
Hart took to Facebook during and after the contest to talk about what the WoodmenLife Patriotic Chalk Challenge meant to her.
“You all have NO idea how much your comments, votes and messages have blessed my son, Honest, and I,” she posted in late June. “The experience has been the true prize.”
When she won, Hart posted, “Our half of the charity portion of the prize is going to St. Jude in Memphis, TN! Again, thank you all for helping us make that contribution while honoring our loved ones and friends who have and still serve! God Bless the USA!”
Leah Faulk, the daughter of second-place winner Amber Faulk, was the centerpiece of the creation she helped draw. In “Leah Loves America and Her School,” she held a miniature flag and was flanked by a heart and a fireworks explosion. She was thrilled to give $300 to her school to help fund an art shelter and art supplies.
Pink Hill Elementary’s website took notice, thanking Leah for the donation and congratulating her for winning second place. The post also thanked everyone who voted in the contest.
Karleigh Tucker’s third-place “Eagle” showcased the American symbol flying above a mountain range at sunset.
Highlights among the other entries include:
The creativity of our neighbors from across the land warmed our hearts and helped bring us closer through this shared commitment to family, community and country. The contest once again showed WoodmenLife what we’ve long known — celebrating America is a unifying force.
We’ve donated more than 3.5 million flags to organizations throughout the country, and we’re always looking for ways to join others in supporting and honoring our Veterans and First Responders. Even when outside forces kept us from joining in person to do these things, we worked hard to make sure all of us could still celebrate together.
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