Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Winners annnounced in Laptops for Flat Tops contest

Here is a copy of the press release....from time to time I will be posting information for you. There are things and programs I fully support and the Military is definitely one of them. I posted in November about a contest that I felt was great. Many companies should follow in All American Direct's foot steps. Remember thank a veteran anyday.

Congratulations to the winners.... announces two winners in the final ‘Laptops for Flat Tops’ contest

Two military families to win laptop and Webcams based on powerful essays; Technology prize will help families stay in touch with their soldiers

INDIANAPOLIS – (January 5, 2010) –, a leading e-commerce provider of consumer goods and services, today announces the winners of the Laptops for Flat Tops contest, the company’s fourth and final contest for the families of military men and women currently serving overseas. Alyssa Mineo of Westlake Village , Calif. and Cara Farmer of Norfolk , Va. have each been chosen to receive a laptop with an embedded Webcam (for their families) and an additional Webcam (for their soldiers).

Three judges selected Mineo and Farmer’s essays based on their powerful descriptions of how their families have been affected by having a loved one serving overseas and how a laptop and Webcam would improve communication with their loved one. The judges are Col. (Ret.) Dale A. Kissinger, Scott Davis and Jenna Richards.

Alyssa Mineo is the wife of CPL Kevin Mineo of the United States Marine Corps, who is on his fifth deployment and currently stationed in Afghanistan . This deployment will be exceptionally hard for the Mineo family, as Alyssa is eight months pregnant with their second child due on Jan. 31. They are expecting a baby boy and intend to name him Wyatt. Alyssa and Kevin have a four year old daughter named Faith, and both mother and daughter reside in Westlake Village , Calif.

"I feel very blessed to have been chosen as a winner,” says Alyssa Mineo. “It means a great deal to me, especially with this deployment because my husband will not be around for the birth of our second child, our first boy. Thanks to having access to a laptop and webcam, I am anticipating that he will be able to ‘see’ his son instead of receiving pictures a month later. Our four year old daughter is old enough for this deployment to realize how long her Daddy has been gone, and she will be so excited to see her Daddy via webcam. Thank you so much for this opportunity."

Cara Farmer is the wife of BM2 David W. Farmer, Jr. of the United States Navy, who has been deployed on his second tour of duty in Iraq in June 2009. David and Cara have three children, Destiny, age 7; James, age 5; and Taya, age 3. Cara and the children live in Norfolk , Va.

“I am very grateful for the laptop and Web cams,” says Cara Farmer. “With David leaving for his second deployment to Iraq , this laptop couldn’t have come at a better time. My children and I now have a better way to communicate with their father that goes above the traditional phone calls and emails. Thank you,!”

This was the fourth and final Laptops for Flat Tops contest. These were a series of four bi-monthly contests designed as a way for to say thank you to the families of military men and women. During the past four contests, eight families have been awarded this prize package.

“On behalf of, we would like to personally thank every spouse, father, mother, brother, sister, son and daughter who participated in this contest,” said Mike Mountford, CEO of “And we would like to salute each member of the United States Military for their dedication to serving and protecting our country. These two deserving winners will now be able to interact and communicate with their loved ones on a higher, more interactive level than a phone call, while they are away from their homes.”

Further information on’s products and services is available online at

About is a leading online retailer of consumer goods and services, founded in 1983 and acquired in April 2003 by Michael R. Mountford, CEO, and Jon K. Pardieck, president & CFO. is a privately held national retailer of DISH Network, Verizon Wireless, HughesNet and an e-commerce provider offering a wealth of products in the consumer marketplace. is headquartered in Indianapolis , Indiana , with gross annual revenue in excess of $30 million. The company prides itself on helping consumers, “Live Simple. Shop Smart.” For media inquiries, please contact Christy Oberley at Dittoe PR at (317)202-2280 ext. 16. To learn more about All American Direct, please visit


mike said...

congratulate all you win the laptops. I will try to win the laptops.

Unknown said...

Hola amiga aquí pasando a saludar y desearte un feliz 2010!
Me ausento de los comentarios a los blogs amigos por un tiempo por eso quize pasar a decir "Hola" y también "Nos leemos pronto!".
Preparar la llegada de Ana Carolina y cuidar a Héctor me tiene loca, no se ni como le haré para actualizar mi blog pero trataré de estar más o menos al día.
Un beso y que este inicio de año comienze con muchas bendiciones!

Busymomsteph said...

Following from MBC, love the blog layout, you are beautiful.